Dangerous winter storm slams South, heads to New England; Indiana sets snow record

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 3:14 PM GMT on January 10, 2011

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A powerful winter storm has brought heavy snow and dangerous amounts of freezing rain to much of the South, in a swath stretching from northeastern Texas to southern North Carolina. The storm began Sunday in Texas, then tracked almost due east, bringing snow amounts of 8 - 11 inches to southern Arkansas, northern Mississippi, northern Alabama, and southern Tennessee. As of 9am CST, the heaviest snow amounts as reported in the NOAA Storm Summary were 11 inches at Lawrenceburg, TN and 10 inches at Baldwyn, MS. The worst freezing rain was reported in central Georgia at Fort Valley, where 3/4" of ice had accumulated. Texarkana, Arkansas, had 1/2" of ice. Freezing rain amounts of 1/4 inch were also reported over much of northern Louisiana, central Alabama, and central Mississippi. A nasty mix of up to four inches of snow, sleet, and freezing rain hit the Atlanta, Georgia area, causing the cancellation of thousands of flights at the world's busiest airport. The storm will bring an additional 2 - 6 inches of snow to eastern Tennessee, central South Carolina, and central North Carolina today, with significant freezing rain possible in northern Georgia and portions of North and South Carolina. Below-freezing temperatures are expected to remain over the region through Wednesday morning, resulting in a long period of dangerous travel conditions.

Major Nor'easter expected for New York City and Boston
Today's snow storm is expected to push off the coast of North Carolina tonight, then "bomb" into a classic Nor'easter off the coast of New England on Tuesday and Wednesday. Up to a foot of snow is possible for New York City, Boston, and coastal Connecticut and Rhode Island beginning on Tuesday night. The Nor'easter will not be as intense as the December 26 blizzard, however. The winds from the new storm are expected to remain less than 35 mph, resulting in only minor coastal flooding and an absence of blizzard conditions (winds in excess of 35 mph and visibility less than 1/4 mile.)

South Bend nearly sets all-time Indiana snowfall record
An epic lake effect snow storm hit South Bend, Indiana Friday and Saturday, burying the city under a remarkable 36.6" of snow. It was the heaviest two-day snow storm in South Bend's history, breaking a record that had stood since 1909 (a 29" snow storm on January 30 - 31.) The 32.6" that fell in a 24-hour period between 4pm EST 1/7 and 4pm EST 1/8 came just 0.4" short of matching Indiana's heaviest 24-hour snow storm on record. Indiana's heaviest 24-hour snow event was the 33.0" that fell at Salem in December 2004, according to wunderground's weather historian, Christopher C. Burt.


Figure 1. Snow from Saturday's record lake effect snow storm in South Bend, Indiana piles up. Photo by slowhiker.

While the current snow event is over, new snows are expected in South Bend beginning Wednesday, when a renewed strong northwesterly flow of air off of Lake Michigan will develop in the wake of the strong winter storm currently pounding the Southern U.S. Another 8+ inches of snow may fall in the South Bend area in the new storm.


Figure 2. True color satellite image of the South Bend, Indiana lake effect snow storm of Saturday, January 8, 2010 at 1:45pm EST. A well-defined band of heavy snow developed over Lake Michigan and anchored itself over South Bend, giving the city its heaviest snow storm on record. Image credit: NASA.

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Overnight and are expecting 3" to 6" more before the storm pulls out on Tuesday
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:


283... love it

if I could find a photo of Eugene Silar I would use it. The Vietnam era equivalent of being the odd conservative type who favors... resource conservation :).
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Quoting TampaFLUSA:
During hurricane season.


Which is Jun-Nov. I guess you mean earlier than Oct.



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Quoting pottery:
The flooding in Queensland, Australia, is a really serious situation...
Rainfalls to 6"/hr have killed several, and many are missing.
They say it was like an 'inland tsunami' in some areas.


WOW!!!!!

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Quoting TampaFLUSA:
During hurricane season.


No playing during Hurricane season.
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Quoting DontAnnoyMe:


I don't recall anyone being banned for it, at least since October. If it disturbs you, just ignore those who are playing the vids.
During hurricane season.
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that one looks a little mild for ya ! Need more of that "schock factor" look we're used to...lol...
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Quoting TampaFLUSA:
But its on topic. There were nights when the whole blog was filled with videos.


I don't recall anyone being banned for it, at least since October. If it disturbs you, just ignore those who are playing the vids.
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Quoting EYEStoSEA:


too blurry.....cant see
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The flooding in Queensland, Australia, is a really serious situation...
Rainfalls to 6"/hr have killed several, and many are missing.
They say it was like an 'inland tsunami' in some areas.
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:


i may use this one next



too blurry.....cant see
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Quoting DontAnnoyMe:


There are weather-related posts (animated loops, etc.) which slow the blog down much more than videos.
But its on topic. There were nights when the whole blog was filled with videos.
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Quoting EYEStoSEA:
Ok, Keeper, You're messing with my brain with all these avatars......and my brain is delicate. :}


i may use this one next

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Ok, Keeper, You're messing with my brain with all these avatars......and my brain is delicate. :}
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Quoting caneswatch:


We only post the videos because there's nothing going on with the weather. And don't accuse Geoff of trying to start something, when it looks like you are the one starting it.
I understand, but the blog rules state keep to the rules at hand. Last year people were banned for constantly posting YouTube music videos, especially during hurricane season. And I want trying to start anything. Read the posts from the beginning.
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Quoting EYEStoSEA:


It's ok....know ya just joking around :) You'll get your snow...
:)
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Quoting TampaFLUSA:
I think we should stay focused on the blog subject, weather and the blog rules. That included politics and a whole page of YouTube music videos which causes a slowdown on the people trying to view this blog.


There are weather-related posts (animated loops, etc.) which slow the blog down much more than videos.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Sorry everyone.But I just want snow is all.Just imagine getting excited over something serval times,and it just turns out to be a dissapointment....


It's ok....know ya just joking around :) You'll get your snow...
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Quoting hydrus:
I am humoring you 115...You will get your storm..:)
Yeah,hopefully before the pattern turns warm.And spring....I hate with a passion.
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Quoting TampaFLUSA:
I think we should stay focused on the blog subject, weather and the blog rules. That included politics and a whole page of YouTube music videos which causes a slowdown on the people trying to view this blog.


We only post the videos because there's nothing going on with the weather. And don't accuse Geoff of trying to start something, when it looks like you are the one starting it.
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Quoting DontAnnoyMe:


Rum fumes!

(You win, PDan)

OK, OK, I walked right into those..... LOLOL
Well done!
Cheers!
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Quoting TampaFLUSA:
I think we should stay focused on the blog subject, weather and the blog rules. That included politics and a whole page of YouTube music videos which causes a slowdown on the people trying to view this blog.



Sorry Tampa.

My bad.

You are right.

Hogging the bandwidth like that shows a careless disregard for those with slower access speeds.

Sadly that also goes for some of the weather related animations as well.

Perhaps we all need to be more considerate with our graphical offerings.

I promise to try to do better in the future.

Thanks for being so polite about it.


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I think we should stay focused on the blog subject, weather and the blog rules. That included politics and a whole page of YouTube music videos which causes a slowdown on the people trying to view this blog.
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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:




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Hey Geoffrey

This is from the Democratic Leadership Council



Hmmmm.

Could this be a little example of the pot calling the kettle black???




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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:


I saw it on the news. You should pay attention more to what is going on in the world.
The news? Something that happened 30 years ago and you got it from YouTube from a search. And I know what's going on with the world, you trying to incite something on the blog?
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I learned of this horrible tragedy...on this blog. I heard about the Haiti earthquake on the blog...I heard about Michael Jackson...on this blog.
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Quoting TampaFLUSA:
What does this have to do with anything?


I saw it on the news. You should pay attention more to what is going on in the world.
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i thought this is a weather blog , if i wanted politics id head on over to cnn or fox.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
That would be lovely.
I am humoring you 115...You will get your storm..:)
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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
What does this have to do with anything?
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259. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
Fiji Meteorological Services
Tropical Cyclone Advisory #5
TROPICAL DEPRESSION 03F
12:00 PM FST January 11 2011
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At 0:00 AM UTC, Tropical Depression 03F (996 hPa) located at 18.9S 169.8E is reported as moving south southwest at 5 knots. Position GOOD based on multispectral infrared/visible imagery with animation. Latest ASCAT Pass and peripheral surface observations. Sea surface temperature is around 29C.

Gale Force Winds
==================
clockwise winds 30-35 knots within 90 to 240 NM away from the center in sectors from north through east to southeast

Convection has increased and cooled in the last 6 hours with on band to the north and the outer to the south. Overall organization increased past 24 hours. TD 03F lies along a surface trough and under a 250 HPA diffluent region. CIMSS indicates a moderately sheared environment. System currently steered by weak northerly.

Dvorak analysis based on 0.35 LOG10 spiral yielding DT2.0, MET=2.5, PT=2.0 and FT based on DT, thus

T2.0/2.0/D0.5/24HRS.

Most global models has picked up the system and moves it south southwest at 5 knots with some intensification.

The potential for TD03F to develop into a tropical cyclone within the next 24-48 hours is HIGH.

The next tropical cyclone advisory from Fiji Meteorological Services will be issued at 8:00 AM UTC..
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Quoting hydrus:
This is a picture of the inside after the collapse....
That would be lovely.
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Quoting DontAnnoyMe:


You're going to put W115 over the edge... ;-)
Mu ha ha ha ha...;)
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Quoting pottery:

What an interesting discussion, on such a trivial matter.
But it brings me to the point you are all missing...
how come when I blow into a barbeque fire, it flares up?
Does that mean my breath is hot, or combustible, or what?

(there. that should give them something to think about, heheheheh)


Rum fumes!

(You win, PDan)
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And some a dis...Link
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Quoting pottery:

What an interesting discussion, on such a trivial matter.
But it brings me to the point you are all missing...
how come when I blow into a barbeque fire, it flares up?
Does that mean my breath is hot, or combustible, or what?

(there. that should give them something to think about, heheheheh)


rum
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Quoting EnergyMoron:


Gro:

Didn't Aesop then catch you warming your hands on a freezing day with your breath?

What an interesting discussion, on such a trivial matter.
But it brings me to the point you are all missing...
how come when I blow into a barbeque fire, it flares up?
Does that mean my breath is hot, or combustible, or what?

(there. that should give them something to think about, heheheheh)
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Quoting hydrus:
Jan-28 1922 The Knickerbacher Storm Washington D.C...


You're going to put W115 over the edge... ;-)
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This is a picture of the inside after the collapse....
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Quoting Grothar:


I have to agree with you 100%. Anybody who ever cooked a sauce, knows that to taste it, you blow on it to cool it off. (Same principle as your fan explanation.) Any good Italian tastes their sauce at least 20 times before serving it...


Gro:

Didn't Aesop then catch you warming your hands on a freezing day with your breath?
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The roof collapsed at the Knickerbocker Theater, killing 98 and injuring over 130...
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
i liked bunker simple but good and he did it in way that was harmless


True...and the show did progress into a more tolerant level.
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Sorry everyone.But I just want snow is all.Just imagine getting excited over something serval times,and it just turns out to be a dissapointment....
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Jan-28 1922 The Knickerbocker Storm Washington D.C...
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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
Wow...Sounds familiar from the 70's...



i liked bunker simple but good and he did it in way that was harmless
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So can someone tell me whether Lake Michigan normally freezes over by this time into the winter season? From the photo it looks like the southern part of the lake is ice free.


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i will see what i can do for him i will adjust the fans a tad sse intead of due south
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