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  • jimmy 7:11 pm on February 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: nws, , , winter   

    Two storms this week. First had a glaze of freezing rain before a good 3 inches of snow. Second had under 3 inches blowing snow. One had 12 hours lead time of a winter storm warning (after 24-36 hours lead with a winter storm watch), the other had a winter weather advisory issued 2 hours before the storm started. It might surprise you which storm matches which warning/advisory.

    Hint, the storm with more snow and the ice had only 2 hours notice.

    My local NWS office kinda fails at issuing warnings, it seems.

  • jimmy 11:38 pm on February 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: snow, , winter   

    Well, pre-spring was fun while it lasted.

  • jimmy 8:21 pm on January 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: blizzard, hpc, , winter   

    Select quotes from this morning’s HPC Short Range Forecast Discussion: “rapidly deepening upper-level trough,” “incredibly strong surface front,” “ice and snow will be a major concern,” “dangerous amounts of sleet and freezing rain,” “thunderstorms will plague … Gulf Coast.”

    I haven’t heard anyone saying the word “historic” the last couple of days, but I think that’s because they’re all too busy trying to pin down the exact sleet/snow/freezing rain boundaries and pouring over wind forecasts trying to decide if Blizzard Warnings are warranted.

    Fun times.

  • jimmy 8:30 pm on March 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , spring, , winter   

    It’s spring. Not just climatologically (meteorologists categorize winter as Dec/Jan/Feb, spring as Mar/Apr/May and so on, this means that yesterday was the first day of spring in terms of how data gets saved and analyzed) but also mentally (I’d guess that most residents of the northern hemisphere have “March = spring” pretty firmly in their minds…unless, I guess, they live in the polar or tropic regions, so I guess it’s just us in the northern mid-latitudes…which I think is a plurality of the world’s population, but I digress) and, most importantly, weatherly (it’s a word now. Because I said so): the forecast for the next week shows sun and warming temperatures, temperatures that by the weekend will be hitting 6-week highs (remember that weekend in January when the temperature shot up to 54 degrees under rainy skies, only to fall back down to the single digits by the Thursday of the next week? Yeah, me neither) and taking into account the sun and long string of warm(-ish) days, it’ll be the “nicest” weather we’ve seen since November or December.

    But the irony in all this, to me, is that while I sit here in Indiana and write the postmortem on winter, the south is still experiencing it. I’m not gonna say that this disturbingly backwards weather pattern displeases me, but I do feel the need to feel sorry for the southern tier of the nation, as they’re still enduring one of the worse winters to hit the region in a while just as spring is coming a littler early for us.

    Of course, the south has had breaks in the action (witness the multiple spikes over 50 degrees of the mean daily temperature in Atlanta and the prolonged periods of temperatures over 40 compared to the one spike of a daily mean going over 40 at Fort Wayne, IN…also of note to me is the cloudiness stats: while Atlanta enjoyed clear skies almost 40% of the winter, Fort Wayne only had them less than 10% of the time) while with the exception of a few days here or there, the midwest has, well, not had many breaks.

    Now I’m starting to sound whiny which was not my intent. All this is a VERY geeky way of saying: I’m really, really freaking happy that it’s sunny today and this whole week.

  • jimmy 4:19 pm on February 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cold, , , winter   

    It’s cold this morning. Colder than I expected and colder than I want it to be. But it’s the wind chill, not exactly the temperature. Oh sure, the temperature is cold (mid/upper 20s) but it’s the wind that really puts the bite in the air. The really strong low over NYC (that cool storm that has a massive “backdoor warm front”…where Maine is enjoying a rain storm while NY endures a blizzard!) is kicking up some blustery conditions here in Indiana today, as well as delivering us some incoming snow…coming in from the northeast (usually weather moves generally west-to-east). All this to say that the wind chill walking the 20 steps from car to classroom building this morning was a healthy 19 degrees, just cold enough to make it nice when I made it into the warm building, but not so cold that it wasn’t a nice energetic feeling for those 20 steps.

    Plus, 19 degree wind chill by the end of February sure doesn’t seem as cold as 19 degree wind chill in, say, November. “Pisshhh, 19 degrees? That’s nothing compared to the sub-zero wind chills of January!”

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