Rain Recap, Christmas Miracle

By: Buckey2745 , 1:02 PM GMT on December 24, 2013

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With all of the last minute shopping and fixing of the Christmas lights (rain + surge protectors = no light display), I'm just now getting the chance to recap the weekend storm.

Honestly we got lucky here in Columbus. While I haven't checked the "official" totals, here's what we ended up with here in Canal Winchester (my predicted totals in parenthesis):

Friday: 0.05" (0.25")
Saturday: 0.93" (1.25")
Sunday: 0.43" (0.75")

Storm Total: 1.41" (2.25")

So we were pretty far off from my prediction, and even further off from the 3"-4" that the NWS was calling for, and I don't think anyone minds that.

Some of the worst was just to our north and west, where I predicted we would see the bulk of the rain. Some of those places almost never stopped raining for the entire three day stretch. Our totals were kept down by dry slots in the embedded waves that rode up the boundary.

Below is the map from the NWS with radar estimated storm totals:

A Christmas Miracle
It happened. Even though I wrote in my last entry that the rain and high temps (reached 68° on Saturday and Sunday) would eliminate our snow pack and no other storms would bring snow... it happened. We had a dusting overnight, and woke up to this beautiful sight:

It's only a dusting, and doesn't reach the 1" parameter for a White Christmas, but honestly I don't care. It's a White Christmas to me. Merry Christmas!

Season Stats:
Winter Weather Advisories- 4
Winter Storm Warnings- 1
Ice Storm Warnings- 0
Blizzard Warnings- 0
Freezing Rain Advisories- 0
Winter Storm Watches- 1
Wind Chill Advisories- 0
Wind Chill Warnings- 0
Blowing Snow Advisory- 0

Snowfall Totals:
November: 3" (Predicted: 3")
December: 8.05" (Predicted: 7")
Season: 11.05"

Severe Weather Stats:
Severe Thunderstorm Watches: 8
Severe Thunderstorm Warnings: 10
Tornado Watches: 2
Tornado Warnings: 1
Flood Watches: 8
Flood Warnings: 2
Heat Advisories: 4
Excessive Heat Warnings: 0
Red Flag Warnings: 0

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4. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
8:22 PM GMT on December 30, 2013
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3. Buckey2745
10:54 PM GMT on December 29, 2013
The anomalies now look about 2-5° below normal which would put us right on track for the current forecast.

What I'm interested in is 10 days out from now. I'm going to make a post about this soon, but it's looking insane with up to 50° below anomalies!! We could be talking HISTORICAL cold if that pans out. If...
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2. TheHermit43130
2:42 PM GMT on December 27, 2013
I'm a little confused about the local forecasts for New Year's Eve. All the forecasts I'm seeing right now call for temperatures just slightly below normal, while the NCEP Ensembles from the ESRL seem to indicate otherwise.

The 850 mb Temp anomaly looks like this:

and the 500 mb Height anomaly looks like this:

Wouldn't that mean we are in for some chilly weather?

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1. PugetSoundPost
4:32 PM GMT on December 24, 2013
Miracles surely do happen! And even with lights to magnify the wonder! Merry Christmas!!
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