WInter storm dumps 2 feet of snow on Oklahoma, Arkansas

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 8:25 PM GMT on February 09, 2011

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Yet another major snowstorm in the memorable winter of 2010-2011 has blasted the U.S. with over two feet of snow--this time in northeast Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas. The snow continues to pile up at a rate of an inch per hour across portions of Arkansas today, and snows of 1 - 4 inches are expected today through Thursday across northern Mississippi, northern Alabama, and Tennessee. The heaviest snows have fallen in northeast Oklahoma, with 25 inches reported at Jay. Several locations in northwest Arkansas, including Gravette in Benton County, have recorded 24" of snow. Heavy snows in excess of a foot have been reported in Kansas, New Mexico, Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming, according the the latest NOAA Storm Summary. Bitterly cold air is pouring in behind the snowstorm; Abieline, Texas set a record low for the date of 9°F this morning, and the temperature is expected to plunge to 5°F tonight in the city. Abilene's coldest February temperature of all time was -7°F, set February 2, 1985.


Figure 1. Record snows piling up in northwest Arkansas on February 9, 2011. Image credit: wunderphotographer breezyky26.

Snowiest month and year in Tulsa's history
The 5.7 inches of snow that has fallen in Tulsa, Oklahoma as of noon today has brought that city its snowiest month on record, according to the National Weather Service. Thanks to the great February 1 blizzard and today's snowstorm, Tulsa has recorded 22.5" of snow this month. The previous record snowiest month was March 1924, when 19.7" fell. Today's snow brought the total for the 2010 - 2011 season to 26.1", a new record. The previous record was the 25.6" that fell in the winter of 1923 - 1924. Oklahoma City received 5.9" of snow from today's storm, bringing their seasonal total to 19.6", still well shy of their all-time record of 25.2", set in 1947 - 1948.


Figure 2. Snowfall amounts in Western Oklahoma and Northwest Arkansas from the snowstorm of Feb 8 - 9, 2011, reached two feet (24 inches) in isolated regions. Image credit: National Weather Service, Tulsa.

Jeff Masters

Snowstorm Feb 8 2009 (gilg72)
Taken thru my kitchen door window. This house is 100 ft across the road.
Snowstorm Feb 8 2009

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Was hoping the mid 20s would kill off the wild clover growing in yards and fields but apparently not cold enough
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Colder night/morning on tap tomm for SE TX, everything is crisp brown and dead around here, but soon enough things will start to green in a month
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Quoting cat5hurricane:

Morning. Well according to the 5 day QPF precipitation forecast IKE posted in #244, it looks like perhaps a half an inch could be on the way.
Hopefully it will hover over the keys instead of watering the ocean.
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Quoting cat5hurricane:

Yeah, that'll be gone before you know it. Even with temperatures soaring into the 60's next week for areas of OK that experienced all the snow, you can bet that snowpacked will be chipped away at.
turn to water in a flash 60's to upper 60's will make it flash

make sure all storm drains are clear so it has some where to go
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Quoting txag91met:
Link

This station broke the record:

-28F...Davis Vantage Pro!

It appears as though -27 will likely be official, tying the record for the fourth time.

http://www.weather.gov/data/obhistory/KBVO.html
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Good Morning everyone! Well it is a lovely 76 degrees in Key West this morning. A bit of cloud cover overhead and forecast for some rain today. We shall see. Nothing was on the radar this morning. The current clouds are not heavy enough to rain, yet. We sure could use some rain though.
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255. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
Seychelles Meteorological Services
Tropical Cyclone Advisory #6
TEMPETE TROPICALE MODEREE BINGIZA (05-20102011)
16:00 PM Reunion February 10 2011
=====================================

At 12:00 PM UTC, Moderate Tropical Storm Bingiza (991 hPa) located at 13.8S 54.2E has 10 minute sustained winds of 40 knots with gusts of 60 knots. The cyclone is reported as moving west southwest at 3 knots.

Gale Force Winds
===============
40 NM from the center

Near Gale Force Winds
======================
80 NM from the center extending up to 100 NM in the southwestern quadrant and up to 120 NM in the northwestern quadrant

Dvorak Intensity: T3.0/3.0/D0.5/24 HRS

Forecast and Intensity
============================
12 HRS: 13.6S 54.4E - 40 knots (Tempête Tropicale Modéree)
24 HRS: 13.6S 54.8E - 45 knots (Tempête Tropicale Modéree)
48 HRS: 13.9S 55.2E - 50 knots (Forte Tempête Tropicale)
72 HRS: 15.5S 54.3E - 60 knots (Forte Tempête Tropicale)

Additional Information
======================

Last available satellite imagery shows that system is under the influence of southeast constraint.

Movement remains slow with poorly defined steering flow. Numerical weather prediction models suggest a slow movement eastward for the next 48 hours. Up to Saturday, system should slightly intensify, with the persistent upper level shear. Energetic oceanic potential should weaken too with the slow movement of the system.

Beyond 48 hours, system should begin to move southward and after southwest towards a mid-latitude trough. Environmental conditions will improve with good upper level divergence and system should intensify more rapidly after Sunday.

INHABITANTS OF MASCARENES ISLANDS AND THE EASTERN COAST OF MADAGASCAR SHOULD CLOSELY FOLLOW THE EVOLUTION OF THIS SYSTEM

The next tropical cyclone advisory from Seychelles Meteorological Services will be issued at 18:30 PM UTC..
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We have snow in Macon Georgia this morning.
Not very much of course, but pretty none the less.
Temp is already 35*F headed for 47 so it won't last long.
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Link

This station broke the record:

-28F...Davis Vantage Pro!
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Quoting surfmom:
bawahahahahaaa

Lovely camelot-like fog here in SWFL - great weather for running -- yearning, yearning for surf --but I can't deal w/64 degree water temp,
*sigh* Oh SPRING WHERE ART THOU????

photo gulfster from 2/9/11
spring is on the way the first signal of spring arrives next week with the first significant warm up
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SSTs aren't too far away from where they were last year--but they are considerable warmer than they were on this date in 2009, especially in the Western Caribbean. It's actual warmer this year in parts of the Atlantic than it was last year.

110 days and counting...

2009 (click for larger image):

Appropriate tropical weather-related image.


2010 (click for larger image):

Appropriate tropical weather-related image.


2011 (click for larger image):

Appropriate tropical weather-related image.
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Quoting surfmom:
bawahahahahaaa

Lovely camelot-like fog here in SWFL - great weather for running -- yearning, yearning for surf --but I can't deal w/64 degree water temp,
*sigh* Oh SPRING WHERE ART THOU????

photo gulfster from 2/9/11
That is a nice lookin wave. Stack another 3 feet on it and I will ignore the 64 degrees. :)
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245. IKE
PRELIMINARY EXTENDED FORECAST DISCUSSION
NWS HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL PREDICTION CENTER CAMP SPRINGS MD
756 AM EST THU FEB 10 2011

VALID 12Z MON FEB 14 2011 - 12Z THU FEB 17 2011

GLOBAL GUIDANCE DEPICTS A SLIGHTLY AMPLIFIED LONGWAVE PATTERN
DEVELOPING OVER THE CONUS DAYS 3-7 WITH AN EMBEDDED PROGRESSIVE
SHORTWAVE TROUGH/RIDGE EVOLUTION THAT CHANGES FROM NEARLY ZONAL BY
DAY 3 TO SUPPORTING A SEMI-LARGE UPPER TROUGH SOMEWHERE BETWEEN
THE WEST COAST AND THE ROCKIES BY DAY 7. THE ANTICIPATED RANGE OF
THE TROUGH POSITION BY LATE IN THE PERIOD APPEARS TO ORIGINATE
FROM GROWING SOLUTION SPREAD IN THE EVOLVING SHORTWAVE PATTERN
OVER THE GULF OF ALASKA AND NORTHERN RUSSIA. THE WINTER STORM
RECONNAISSANCE PROGRAM IS CURRENTLY SCHEDULED FOR A FLIGHT OUT OF
ANCHORAGE AROUND 12Z TODAY TO SAMPLE THE GULF OF ALASKA AREA WHICH
MAY CONTRIBUTE TO SOME SOLUTION CONVERGENCE WHEN THEIR SOLUTIONS
ARRIVE. BUT UNTIL THEN...THE RECOMMENDATION IS FOR A DETERMINISTIC
CONSENSUS EARLY AND ENSEMBLE MEAN GUIDANCE LATE. THUS...THE PRELIM
PRESSURES/FRONT WILL BEGIN WITH ABOUT A 50/50 00Z GFS/ECMWF BLEND
DAY 3...THEN END WITH 100 PERCENT 12Z NAEFS BCMEAN BY DAY 7 WHEN
UNCERTAINTY IS GREATEST.

...MORNING UPDATED PRELIMS...
WITH BASICALLY VERY GOOD MODEL AND ENSEMBLE AGREEMENT THROUGH DAY
5 TUESDAY AND THEN SHORTWAVE TIMING IN AN AGREED UPON EPAC/WRN
CONUS TROF DAYS 6 AND 7 WED/THU IT IS SIMPLER TO USE AN ENSEMBLE
MEAN BLEND OF GFS AND ECMWF RIGHT THROUGHT THE FORECAST PERIOD AND
MORE LIKELY TO HAVE BETTER VERIFICATION.

AGAIN A TRANSITION FROM A WARMER DRIER WEST TO COOLER AND MUCH
WETTER CENTRAL AND NRN PACIFIC COAST WITH DOWNSTREAM CENTRAL AND
ERN CONUS WARMING AND DRYING.
JAMES/ROSENSTEIN
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244. IKE
QPF the next 5 days....


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Quoting Ylee:
Is it safe???
bawahahahahaaa

Lovely camelot-like fog here in SWFL - great weather for running -- yearning, yearning for surf --but I can't deal w/64 degree water temp,
*sigh* Oh SPRING WHERE ART THOU????

photo gulfster from 2/9/11
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242. IKE
I had .21 inches of rain in the past 24 hours. My total for February is at 2.89. Inland Florida panhandle.

Current temp 39.5 and cloudy. Warmer weather and dry the next 7 days.
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kind of cool cloudy mid 60s. getting geared up for cv season
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Quoting txag91met:
All time state record low in OK threatened to be broken...it is -27F right now in Bartlesville, OK...which ties the all-time low of -27F.

Yikes. The good news: the Bartlesville forecast for next Wednesday: 72. A 99-degree swing in just six days. Welcome news, no doubt.
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Airport, Naples

Moderate Fog
68°F
Feels Like 68°F
Forecast: afternoon showers. High: 78°F

Niceski....
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I retract my "Burrrrr",,on that last post of mine,

Wowsa..Artic Intrusion fer sure in Okla.
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All time state record low in OK threatened to be broken...it is -27F right now in Bartlesville, OK...which ties the all-time low of -27F.
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Uptown,New Orleans

Overcast
37.9 F
Feels Like 35 F
Overcast

Burrrrski....
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235. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
Seychelles Meteorological Services
Tropical Cyclone Advisory #5
TEMPETE TROPICALE MODEREE BINGIZA (05-20102011)
10:00 AM Reunion February 10 2011
=====================================

At 6:00 AM UTC, Moderate Tropical Storm Bingiza (991 hPa) located at 13.3S 54.5E has 10 minute sustained winds of 40 knots with gusts of 60 knots. The cyclone is reported as moving northeast at 4 knots.

Gale Force Winds
===============
40 NM from the center

Near Gale Force Winds
======================
80 NM from the center extending up to 100 NM in the northeastern quadrant and up to 120 NM in the western semi-circle

Dvorak Intensity: T3.0/3.0/D1.0/24 HRS

Forecast and Intensity
============================
12 HRS: 13.0S 54.6E - 45 knots (Tempête Tropicale Modéree)
24 HRS: 13.0S 54.9E - 50 knots (Forte Tempête Tropicale)
48 HRS: 13.8S 54.9E - 60 knots (Forte Tempête Tropicale)
72 HRS: 15.3S 54.8E - 80 knots (Cyclone Tropical)

Additional Information
======================

Convection has gathered around the system center within the last 6 hours.

System should move very slowly and approximately northeastward and then southward during the next 48 hours. It should track between the southwest and then south southwest beyond. Numerical weather prediction models are not in good agreement for the movement of the system beyond 48-82 hours. The present forecast is a consensus of these tracks.

The system isn't expected to track towards a mid latitude deep trough in its south before 48 hours. Before, easterly wind shear should slow its intensification. Beyond 48 to 72 hours, upper level conditions are expected to improve significant with lower shear and good outflow specially poleward. Therefore, a stronger intensification rate is expected by that time.

INHABITANTS OF MASCARENES ISLANDS AND THE EASTERN COAST OF MADAGASCAR SHOULD CLOSELY FOLLOW THE EVOLUTION OF THIS SYSTEM.

The next tropical cyclone advisory from Seychelles Meteorological Services will be issued at 12:30 PM UTC..
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234. Ylee
Is it safe???
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Quoting 1900hurricane:

I bet it isn't in Alaksa. :P


Where is Alaksa?
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Quoting Grothar:


Levi, what are you doing up this late? It is almost midnight.

I bet it isn't in Alaksa. :P
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228. Skyepony (Mod)
96S

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Quoting geepy86:

Ignore works for me.
Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


I say we should go nuclear... Going nuclear is a little extream :p.Ignore works,or just don't pay attetion to the blogger at all.
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Well, I guess XCOOL and Keeper not gonna post any pretty visuals, so I'm gonna get to bed and hope I awake to sunshine :) Goodnight all......
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Quoting Ossqss:


Can lead directly to Gastroenteritis! over and out~~~ You all are keeping me up :) gnight twice.....snooooorrrrreeeeee, echo, echo , echo ~~~



Nite OSS. Thanks for the laughs. Time to go for me too. Everyone be on their best behavior. This is for the blog. I watched this when I was a little boy. LOL

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Quoting Jedkins01:


Kim Kardashian is now the subject on the weather blog? what has this world come to?


Who is Kim kardashian? I don't have a TV.
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Latest on LIHEAP... but first... Father in Law was a German POW in WWII...

Anyway, this is getting very interesting LIHEAP.

LIHEAP article

So fossil fuel subsidies have grown by 2.5 billion under Obama?

I've blogged about this program on this site already...

"Critics say that the program is poorly administered and that, contrary to intentions, it’s become a subsidy for energy companies, most of whom are prohibited by law from turning off services to delinquent bill-payers during weather emergencies. About 10 percent of LIHEAP funds are transferred to 'weatherization' programs, according to a government study."

Weatherization... let the slum lords pay (commerce clause will do... stop sticking this on the tax payers and put it on the property owners of rental properties).

Very interesting...

3 billion increase in LIHEAP, a fossil fuel subsidy during the Obama administration?

Stop fossil fuel subsidies NOW.
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Quoting Patrap:
Kim Kardashian is truncated fer sure.


Kim Kardashian is now the subject on the weather blog? what has this world come to?
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Quoting Levi32:
Solar data is in for January and the magnetic field remains extraordinarily weak this far into the cycle:



Levi, what are you doing up this late? It is almost midnight.
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Quoting Grothar:


I think I may have eaten some in an Italian restaurant once. Tasted an awful lot like chicken.


Can lead directly to Gastroenteritis! over and out~~~ You all are keeping me up :) gnight twice.....snooooorrrrreeeeee, echo, echo , echo ~~~

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Solar data is in for January and the magnetic field remains extraordinarily weak this far into the cycle:

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Quoting Ossqss:


I am thankful you did not bring up this clickable pic :) out>>>>>>>>>>>> ;>>>>>>>>>>>>& gt;>>>>>>





I think I may have eaten some in an Italian restaurant once. Tasted an awful lot like chicken.
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Quoting Grothar:


You never took geometry or trig?

Let me show you. If one of them loses, it is possible the loser will be truncated.



I am thankful you did not bring up this clickable pic :) out>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>



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215. JRRP
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