Frigid December

By: Buckey2745 , 9:08 PM GMT on December 06, 2010

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It's early in the month to start summarizing our weather so far, but it's safe to say that this is a cold start for us. 6 days in and our high for the month has been 36.5°. That's cold. We reached our low for the month late this morning at 20.1°. That's colder. And it doesn't appear that the early freeze is going to let up anytime this week. We're forecasted to be below freezing every day until at least Thursday.

We haven't started December this cold for as long as I can remember. It's possible this is a precursor of things to come this season, but I feel this is just an extended cold snap and we should be back above average soon.

More Snow
I updated my last post to include the fact that we're in a lake enhanced snow pattern for the next couple days. Well last night we got enough moisture off Lake Michigan to drop another half an inch of snow on us. That gives us a grad total of an inch for the season.

Down the road we could be looking at another clipper-like system rolling through on Thursday night. However, I'm looking even further ahead toward Sunday where Wilmington is using this term for a yet to be agreed upon system:

THE 00Z ECMWF BOMBS A
SFC LOW IN THE TN VALLEY AND LIFTS IT ACRS THE FA ON SUN AS IT
PHASES NRN AND SRN STREAM ENERGY. THE 12Z ECMWF IS NOT AVAILABLE DUE
TO COMMS ISSUES...SO HAVE LEANED MORE TOWARDS THE 12Z GFS WHICH IS
NOT AS EXTREME AS THE 00Z ECMWF. THIS BRINGS SNOW IN SAT NIGHT INTO
SUNDAY.


When I hear the phrase "bomb" when referring to a low pressure system, it usually hints that we could be looking at a strong storm. In meteorology the term "bombing" a low pressure means the pressure drops very rapidly in a 24-36 hour period. Those storms intensify to be like the historic storm we had back at the end of October. If this storm originates from the Tennessee Valley, it could ride up the Appalacian range and bring us a very significant snowfall... or worse (depending on location).

It's still really really early to know for sure.

Season Stats:
Winter Weather Advisories- 1
Winter Storm Warnings- 0
Ice Storm Warnings- 0
Blizzard Warnings- 0
Freezing Rain Advisories- 0
Winter Storm Watches- 0
Wind Chill Advisories- 0
Wind Chill Warnings- 0
Blowing Snow Advisory- 0

Snowfall Totals:
November: 0" (Predicted: 0")
December: 1.0" (Predicted: 1.0")
Season: 1.00"

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1. PugetSoundPost
3:53 PM GMT on December 07, 2010
We seem to be doing opposites again - you are cold and we have warmed up - 50 this morning and warm rain from the SW on the way. I sort of look at it like there is a huge sine wave in the atmosphere that crosses the country. When one side is on the peak of the wave, the other side is in the dip.
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