Welcome to Spring!

By: Astrometeor , 12:40 AM GMT on March 23, 2014

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A bit of a late welcome, but spring has started officially on March 1st 2014 per the weather calendar. And, of course, Mother Nature won't allow us to celebrate yet, she dealt us a winter storm from March 2nd to March 3rd 2014. Some more cold weather to kick off this week, lows can be expected all the way down to 22 degrees here in Middle Tennessee!

And, according to the astronomy calendar, spring started officially 11:57 AM CDT on March 20, 2014. Hopefully we will see a gradual exodus from this cold winter weather.

As always, the Nashville National Weather Service does a general recap of the past winter. For this year, here is what they decided to note:

29th Coldest Winter on Record


PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NASHVILLE TN
309 AM CST SUN MAR 2 2014

...METEOROLOGICAL WINTER IN NASHVILLE WAS THE 29TH COLDEST ON RECORD...

THE TEMPERATURE FROM DECEMBER 2013 THROUGH FEBRUARY 2014 AVERAGED 37.6
DEGREES WHICH IS 2.3 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. DECEMBER WAS ABOVE NORMAL
IN TEMPERATURE BY NEARLY ONE DEGREE WHILE JANUARY AND FEBRUARY WERE
BOTH COLDER THAN NORMAL. THE COLDEST TEMPERATURE DURING THE WINTER
WAS 2 DEGREES ABOVE ZERO AND THE WARMEST WAS 78 DEGREES.THE METEOROLOGICAL
WINTER 2013-14 RANKS AS THE 29TH COLDEST ON RECORD.THE COLDEST TEMPERATURE
DURING THE WINTER WAS 2 DEGREES AND THE WARMEST WAS 78 DEGREES.

ALTHOUGH THIS WINTER WAS COLDER THAN NORMAL THERE HAVE BEEN FOUR
OTHER WINTERS SINCE THE YEAR 2000 THAT HAVE BEEN COLDER...THEY ARE
2010-11...2009-10...2002-03 AND 2000-01. THE COLDEST WINTER ON
RECORD WAS IN 1977-78 AND THE WARMEST WAS IN 1889-90.

SNOWFALL THROUGH FEBRUARY HAS TOTALED 1.4 INCHES. THE AVERAGE
WINTER SNOWFALL SINCE SNOWFALL RECORD KEEPING BEGAN BACK IN THE
WINTER OF 1884-85 IS 8.5 INCHES. OVER THE LAST 30 YEARS IT HAS
BEEN CLOSER TO 6.5 INCHES.

SNOWFALL BY MONTH 2013-14...

NOVEMBER 0.5 INCH
DECEMBER 0.4
JANUARY 0.4
FEBRUARY 0.1

RAINFALL FOR THE WINTER OF 2013-14 TOTALED 15.68 INCHES MAKING IT
ONE OF THE WETTER METEOROLOGICAL WINTERS ON RECORD IN NASHVILLE.
DECEMBER WAS A VERY WET MONTH WITH NEARLY 8 INCHES OF RAIN. JANUARY
WAS BELOW NORMAL WITH 2.61 INCHES...WHILE 5.09 INCHES FELL IN
FEBRUARY...WHICH IS A LITTLE OVER AN INCH ABOVE NORMAL.

THE WETTEST WINTER WAS BACK IN 1881-82 WHEN 27.97 INCHES FELL.
THE DRIEST WINTER WAS IN 1985-86 WHEN 4.76 INCHES FELL.


$$
BOYD
(NWS Source)

So, while we had some bitter cold snaps this past winter, overall it wasn't as bad as some global warming deniers would like you to believe. To comically support what I'm saying, here is my (current) favorite xkcd:



Moving on, I sincerely hope that we could have a decent severe weather season this year, along with some warm weather. After having my dreams for a snowy winter crushed by cold, dry air; I would like to have a warm spring to round out my senior year.

Sooner or later the area around me will go into full bloom. One of the prettiest sights of the season, I say. One of the few times when you can enjoy all of the flowers (if you don't have the allergies to match) and greenery without the bugs. Then summer and bugs will come and I'm either indoors or on a grassy field where the bugs are less.

Anyways, welcome to spring! My favorite part is the tornado season...but we have so far had an extremely boring season:

Quoting 483. TropicalAnalystwx13:
The good thing about these endless arctic intrusions is that they have kept tornado activity to a minimum. If we don't see any more touchdowns this month, March 2014 will go down as the slowest March in recorded history/ever.


I would really like to see that pick up, I'm an avid fan of thunderstorms and the severe weather side of meteorology!

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38. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
4:23 AM GMT on April 08, 2014
Astrometeor has created a new entry.
37. originalLT
9:57 PM GMT on April 05, 2014
Hi Astro, just blogging on your blog so it wouldn't disappear from the intro list, it was at the bottom!
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36. Cloudyinthewest
10:41 AM GMT on April 04, 2014
Hi Astrometeor,

Yes Spring is here and tornados are very interesting to see as long as they're traveling through open areas, and during the day time.

Here in Silver Springs we had a little snow accumulation on Monday morning about two inches, it's all melted now. The weather is still cold and windy during the day time.
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35. Astrometeor
4:29 AM GMT on April 03, 2014
Quoting 34. BaltimoreBrian:
Teen Who Sued Parents Gets $56K Scholarship The opposite of karma?


That's just weird. She doesn't deserve it based on solely her audacity to sue parents who tried to raise her into a proper adult.

But, I guess if she has good grades...
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34. BaltimoreBrian
4:23 AM GMT on April 03, 2014
Teen Who Sued Parents Gets $56K Scholarship The opposite of karma?
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33. trHUrrIXC5MMX
3:54 AM GMT on March 29, 2014
Quoting 27. BaltimoreBrian:
Nathan 6 months from now in college:


LOLOL
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32. Astrometeor
2:34 AM GMT on March 29, 2014
Quoting 31. BaltimoreBrian:
Nathan's dog in his younger days :)



LOL!

About the worst he ever did was he would stand on his hind-legs and attempt to kiss a visitor. Of course, a large dog needs something to lean on to do this, and the end result was usually the visitor falling backwards....
If you knew what was coming, you could handle him.
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31. BaltimoreBrian
2:30 AM GMT on March 29, 2014
Nathan's dog in his younger days :)

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30. Astrometeor
2:21 AM GMT on March 29, 2014
Quoting 29. BaltimoreBrian:
The talking rat :)


O.K.

:)
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29. BaltimoreBrian
2:14 AM GMT on March 29, 2014
The talking rat :)
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28. Astrometeor
2:13 AM GMT on March 29, 2014
Quoting 27. BaltimoreBrian:
Nathan 6 months from now in college:



Wait, which rat am I?
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27. BaltimoreBrian
2:12 AM GMT on March 29, 2014
Nathan 6 months from now in college:

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26. trHUrrIXC5MMX
10:51 PM GMT on March 27, 2014


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25. Astrometeor
7:45 PM GMT on March 27, 2014
This image will self-update:

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24. Astrometeor
7:18 PM GMT on March 27, 2014
Newly issued:

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NASHVILLE TN
157 PM CDT THU MAR 27 2014

.DISCUSSION...A FEW LIGHT SHOWERS STILL HANGING AROUND MIDDLE
TENNESSEE AS THE ATMOSPHERE CONTINUES TO MOISTEN AHEAD OF THE NEXT
SURFACE SYSTEM. HIGH PRESSURE HAS MOVED WELL TO OUR EAST WITH A
STRONG GRADIENT AND FALLING PRESSURE ACROSS THE MID STATE THIS
AFTERNOON. BOUNDARY LAYER REMAINS VERY DRY IN SPITE OF THE
ISOLATED ACTIVITY AND CLOUD COVER, BUT LOOK FOR DEW POINTS TO COME
UP THIS AFTERNOON AND OVERNIGHT. PRECIPITATION WILL GRADUALLY
INCREASE, WITH MOST OF THE MOISTURE COMING IN AFTER 06Z, AND FROPA
OCCURRING DURING THE DAY TOMORROW. NAM MODEL SOUNDINGS DO SHOW
ELEVATED INSTABILITY TONIGHT, WITH MORE SURFACE-BASED INSTABILITY
TOMORROW, SO WILL INCLUDE THUNDER IN THE FORECAST FOR THE NEXT FEW
PERIODS. A SECONDARY SYSTEM WILL DEVELOP JUST AHEAD OF THE UPPER
TROUGH TOMORROW AFTERNOON AND EVENING, WITH THE LOW CENTER PASSING
DIRECTLY OVER MIDDLE TENNESSEE FRIDAY NIGHT AND BRINGING A SECOND
COLD FRONT THROUGH THE MID STATE. AT THIS TIME, THE SPC HAS A
SLIGHT RISK FOR THE SW CORNER OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE ON DAY 2, WITH
GENERAL THUNDERSTORMS COVERING THE REST OF THE MID STATE. BELIEVE
MOST OF THE SEVERE THREAT WILL OCCUR SOUTH OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE
WITH THIS FOLLOW-UP SYSTEM, BUT STRONG STORMS WILL STILL BE
POSSIBLE HERE. STORM TOTAL QPF FOR TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT
(36 HOURS) SHOWS AROUND 1.25 INCHES ALONG THE UPPER PLATEAU TO
MORE THAN TWO INCHES ACROSS OUR FAR SOUTH.
AT THIS TIME, FLOODING
POTENTIAL APPEARS TO BE LOW.
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23. Astrometeor
6:53 PM GMT on March 27, 2014
Quoting 15. trHUrrIXC5MMX:
Astro sleeping now? Gnite then


Seeing the time stamp, I think I was packing for the road trip at that particular moment. I didn't go to bed until past midnight.
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22. Astrometeor
5:03 AM GMT on March 26, 2014
Quoting 21. BaltimoreBrian:
Take your time Nathan. 12 hours to drive home! Ugh, I hope you can nap some part of the way.


Arkansas has the worst road system ever...when the news people talk about the nation's failing infrastructure...they mean Arkansas.

Song on the way home that I picked up on the radio 30 miles from Music City, USA, from Dierks Bentley:

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21. BaltimoreBrian
4:23 AM GMT on March 25, 2014
Take your time Nathan. 12 hours to drive home! Ugh, I hope you can nap some part of the way.
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20. Astrometeor
4:23 AM GMT on March 25, 2014
Quoting 16. palmettobug53:
Happy Spring, Astro.

I think it has finally arrived here, though we do have a few days/nights in the upcoming couple of weeks or so that will drop back down to chilly.

Pollen counts have been pretty high but, so far, I've had no problems. Thank heavens for zyrtec.



Yea, we have a hard freeze coming up for Wednesday morning. Mid-April is typically our last frost.

I actually don't have any allergies to the flowering plants here, but I do have mold allergies. My school is covered it seems in mold, if I sneeze or have a upset nose, there's mold. Central Office claimed that it was "dirt"...but I've never seen dirt grow on the underside of water pipes. Oh well, just a few more weeks and I'm gone.
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19. Astrometeor
4:21 AM GMT on March 25, 2014
Thanks Brian. I'll read the links on Wednesday when I get the time. Tomorrow is the 12-hr drive back to Nashville.

Which means several hours through Arkansas...state of horrific roads. Can't get any sleep through that state...it's constant bumps and dips and holes in the roadbed, absolutely deplorable.
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18. BaltimoreBrian
3:54 AM GMT on March 25, 2014
What medieval Europe did with its teenagers
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17. BaltimoreBrian
4:33 AM GMT on March 24, 2014
Spring is coming! But not today...
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16. palmettobug53
2:50 PM GMT on March 23, 2014
Happy Spring, Astro.

I think it has finally arrived here, though we do have a few days/nights in the upcoming couple of weeks or so that will drop back down to chilly.

Pollen counts have been pretty high but, so far, I've had no problems. Thank heavens for zyrtec.

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15. trHUrrIXC5MMX
4:12 AM GMT on March 23, 2014
Astro sleeping now? Gnite then
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14. Astrometeor
3:16 AM GMT on March 23, 2014
Quoting 13. trHUrrIXC5MMX:

Ingot to low 60s today. Need Larry to confirm the high for today..


70 here. But it was slightly too cool thanks to a good 10-15 mph steady north wind today.
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13. trHUrrIXC5MMX
3:14 AM GMT on March 23, 2014
Quoting 10. Astrometeor:


If all this cold air continues, April and May will be quiet too. Boring for me. I want tornado warnings!

Got to low 60s today. Need Larry to confirm the high for today..
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12. trHUrrIXC5MMX
3:10 AM GMT on March 23, 2014
Quoting 11. TropicalAnalystwx13:

No, lol, but the statistic is still notable considering the average is nearly 100 by this date.
Yep, this is another component for a more solid data meaning reshape the statistical line as we all know it's not accurate and never will be.
This is just another outlier March to add as input for the records of tornado activity.
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11. TropicalAnalystwx13
3:07 AM GMT on March 23, 2014
Quoting 2. trHUrrIXC5MMX:
So what no tornadoes in Mach.,, pfft!
Is the tornado calendar only for March?

No, lol, but the statistic is still notable considering the average is nearly 100 by this date.
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10. Astrometeor
3:07 AM GMT on March 23, 2014
Quoting 2. trHUrrIXC5MMX:
So what no tornadoes in Mach.,, pfft!
Is the tornado calendar only for March?

Anyway, I'm still looking for March to end wintry really.
There is an overlap of both, spring for the timing but winter for the actual conditions


If all this cold air continues, April and May will be quiet too. Boring for me. I want tornado warnings!
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9. trHUrrIXC5MMX
3:07 AM GMT on March 23, 2014
Quoting 7. Astrometeor:


Sure, but for the last one I went to Masters', Blizz's and a few others and announced the blog to others to see. That's why I got 18 plus signs. Usually it's 5 or 6.
Yeah, I stopped announcing mine everything too.
Just pointless to deviate traffic. If someone comes to my blog, yours, p's etc, it's because they want to and no one is pushing them for.

I'll have to announce those for the scorecard though. That's an exception.
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8. trHUrrIXC5MMX
3:04 AM GMT on March 23, 2014
Quoting 6. Astrometeor:


Is LT there? *smirk*
Good one!

He'll come if I call him over for sure. He's a big party guy.
He is a "fungi" heh heh
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7. Astrometeor
3:04 AM GMT on March 23, 2014
Quoting 5. trHUrrIXC5MMX:
Community activity... We all see you there


Sure, but for the last one I went to Masters', Blizz's and a few others and announced the blog for others to see. That's why I got 18 plus signs. Usually it's 5 or 6.
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6. Astrometeor
3:03 AM GMT on March 23, 2014
Quoting 3. trHUrrIXC5MMX:
There is a party chez moi, busy here.


Is LT there? *smirk*
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5. trHUrrIXC5MMX
3:03 AM GMT on March 23, 2014
Quoting 4. Astrometeor:


*shrugs*

I don't know. I don't publicize my blogs usually, unless they're really special (like the last one).
Community activity... We all see you there
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4. Astrometeor
3:00 AM GMT on March 23, 2014
Quoting 1. trHUrrIXC5MMX:
First comment yay... What happened to people not posing here yet this blog has been out for well over an hour??...actually over 2 hours


*shrugs*

I don't know. I don't publicize my blogs usually, unless they're really special (like the last one).
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3. trHUrrIXC5MMX
3:00 AM GMT on March 23, 2014
There is a party chez moi, busy here.
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2. trHUrrIXC5MMX
3:00 AM GMT on March 23, 2014
So what no tornadoes in Mach.,, pfft!
Is the tornado calendar only for March?

Anyway, I'm still looking for March to end wintry really.
There is an overlap of both, spring for the timing but winter for the actual conditions
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1. trHUrrIXC5MMX
2:57 AM GMT on March 23, 2014
First comment yay... What happened to people not posing here yet this blog has been out for well over an hour??...actually over 2 hours
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Age: 18, b-day is 8/27. Graduate of MLK High in Nashville, TN. Will attend MU in PA. Love football, soccer, Frisbee, Scouts, Science Olympiad.

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