Remarkable week-long March heat wave hitting U.S.

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 4:02 PM GMT on March 14, 2012

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A highly unusual week-long heat wave is building over much of the U.S., and promises to bring the warmest temperatures ever seen so early in year to a large portion of the Midwest. The exceptional heat will also be exceptionally long-lasting: record-breaking temperatures 20 - 30 degrees F above normal are expected today through next Wednesday for much of the Midwest and Northeast U.S. The weather system responsible is a large upper-level ridge of high pressure that is "stuck" in place--a phenomenon known as a "blocking pattern." The jet stream is bending far to the south over the Western U.S., then bending far to the north over the Rockies and into Canada, and lies far to the north of the eastern U.S. Since the jet stream acts as the boundary between cold air to the north and warm air to the south, the current looping pattern is bringing colder than normal temperatures and snow to the mountains of the West, and summer-like warmth to the Eastern U.S. It is common for the jet stream to get stuck in a blocking pattern for a period of a week or more, but not in to this extremity. If the current model forecasts prove correct, a high pressure ridge over the U.S. bringing heat this intense and long-lasting in March will be unprecedented in the historical record, going back to 1872.


Figure 1. Is this March or June? Predicted high temperatures for Wednesday, March 14, 2012 over much of the Midwest are more typical of June than March.

Here are the hottest all-time recorded temperatures measured prior to March 20 for some selected U.S. cities. All of these records will be seriously threatened during the coming week:

Madison, WI: 77°F on March 7, 2000
Milwaukee, WI: 77°F on March 7 - 8, 2000
Minneapolis, MN: 73°F on March 7, 2000
Des Moines, IA: 82°F on March 11, 1972
Chicago, IL: 81°F on March 12, 1990
Detroit, MI: 80°F on March 8, 2000
Lansing, MI: 79°F on March 8, 2000
Muskegon, MI: 73°F on March 8, 2000
Grand Rapids, MI: 78°F on March 8, 2000
Flint, MI: 80°F on March 8, 2000

As you can see, the expected warm temperatures during the coming week will rival those recorded on March 8, 2000, when most of the Upper Midwest set all-time records for the warmest temperature ever measured so early in the year. That warm surge was caused by a ridge of high pressure that was not as strong as the one expected to build in during the coming week, and the March 8, 2000 ridge did not stick around long enough to generate more than two days of record-breaking high temperatures. A powerful low pressure system moved through Northern Wisconsin on March 8, 2000, dragging a cold front through the state that triggered a thunderstorm that spawned the earliest tornado ever recorded in Milwaukee County.


Figure 2. New daily high temperature records were set at 208 locations yesterday, according to our new Extremes web page, with data from NOAA's National Climatic Data Center.

Hot days in Minneapolis
In Minneapolis, Minnesota yesterday, the high temperature reached 67°F, which is the 7th warmest temperature measured so early in the year, and 27°F above the normal high of 40°F for the date. Since weather records in the city go back to 1872, we can expect that Minneapolis will experience a temperature of 67°F or higher this early in the year once every 20 years, on average. What's really remarkable is that the forecast for Minneapolis calls for a high temperature of 70 - 75° every day for the next seven days. Since 1872, there have only been nine days that the temperature has gotten to 70°F prior to March 20, with 73°F on March 7, 2000 being the hottest day. So, over the course of the next week, we are likely to break the all-time high for so early in the year, and add nearly double the number of 70°F-plus days. The situation is similar for much of Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, and surrounding states. With temperatures already averaging at least 5°F over much of the Midwest this month, it's very likely that this month will be the warmest March on record for at least seven states.

Unusual snows on the Oregon coast
As is often the case, record heat in one part of the country means that another part is experiencing unusual cold, due to a kink in the jet stream. On Monday, 6.0" of snow fell at Newport, OR, and 8.5" at Tillamook (about halfway up the coast between Newport and Astoria). According to statistics at the Western Regional Climate Center, the Newport snowfall was their greatest March snowfall on record (previous was 2.0" in March 1906) and the their 3rd greatest snowfall of any month since records began in 1893. The latest-greater snowfall at Newport was 11.0" on Dec. 3-4, 1972. This tied with another 11.0" snow in January 1943 as their greatest snowfalls on record. For Tillamook it was the biggest snow since 9.0" in January 1971 (but well short of their all-time snowfall of 19.0" in March 1951).

Jeff Masters

Too soon. Too soon for flowers. (Fieldofflowers)
Uh Oh. After a couple record breaking highs and a week of 60+ degree days in forecast, our spring flowers are springing out really early. This rain storm is only going to make this columbine and other things grow even more.
Too soon. Too soon for flowers.
CoastalSnow!! (kristinarinell)
after a day of high winds, high surf we now get snow!!!
CoastalSnow!!
Robin in Maple Buds (gardner48197)
Robin in Maple Buds

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82F

Current temp in Tallahassee.....Feels like 90 outside.

Here is part of the Tally NWS discussion from 3:00 as to the general trend for the East coast over the next week:

This amounts to a synoptically evident pattern
favoring widespread warmth and above normal temperatures over the eastern half of the country (including our area). ECMWF, GEM and GFS
all show 850mb temperatures around 12C from the weekend into early next week which is similar to what was observed on the 00z TAE sounding today (highs today were around 82-83F at most inland
locations). Therefore, it seems likely that highs will continue to be in the low-to-mid 80s through at least Tuesday with no major pattern change on the horizon. As statistical guidance (like the
MEX) tends to be weighted to climatology at longer time scales, we will maintain the warmer temperature forecast with high confidence in improving on MOS highs.

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Nassau's first thunderstorm of the year just happened - Good solid half inch of rain.
This easterly wave is a good one!
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I wrote a new blog on Lua and some other stuff if anyone's looking for something to read.

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MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 0253
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0156 PM CDT WED MAR 14 2012

AREAS AFFECTED...SWRN MO...FAR SRN IL...FAR WRN KY

CONCERNING...SEVERE POTENTIAL...WATCH UNLIKELY

VALID 141856Z - 142100Z

A CONDITIONAL THREAT FOR LARGE HAIL/DMGG WINDS WILL EXIST LATE THIS
AFTERNOON AND EVENING ACROSS PORTIONS OF SWRN MO...FAR SRN IL...AND
FAR WRN KY. EXPECTED ISOLATED NATURE OF THE THREAT LIMITS THE NEED
FOR A WW.

TEMPERATURES HAVE WARMED INTO THE UPPER 70S AND LOW 80S AND MOISTURE
ADVECTION ASSOCIATED WITH RETURN FLOW ACROSS A BROAD WARM SECTOR HAS
KEPT DEWPOINTS IN THE MID 60S. ADDITIONALLY... NEAR DRY ADIABATIC
LAPSE RATES ARE PRESENT ABOVE 700 MB. AS A RESULT...AN UNCAPPED
ENVIRONMENT WITH SBCAPE VALUES AOA 2500 J/KG EXISTS OVER THE REGION.
HOWEVER...THE SEVERE THREAT IS EXPECTED TO BE LIMITED...OWING TO THE
LACK OF STRONG FORCING AND EFFECTIVE BULK SHEAR OF 25-30 KT /LOWER
MARGINS FOR PERSISTENT STORMS/. CONSEQUENTLY...AN ISOLATED THREAT
FOR LARGE HAIL AND DMGG WINDS IS POSSIBLE BUT THE LIMITED COVERAGE
WILL PRECLUDE THE NEED FOR A WW.

..MOSIER.. 03/14/2012
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5 RitaEvac "Pat, glad your showing the world's $debt$ rising into oblivion?"
[CO2 chart]
6 Patrap "Jeesum, really? ...get yer own HTML will ya... : )
Debt is the last thing I ever concern myself with, esp a faux one."

While RitaEvac may have been joking to make his own ironical point about what you describe as the faux debt -- whether our future productivity gains can pay off debts that we owe to ourselves -- the CO2 chart does show an increasing true/unavoidable debt to our environment.

Most of our waste products are recycled by the environment: recycling that is literally worth many times the trillions of dollars per year that we assign to our economy. And when our waste products are created at such a rate that it is poisoning the processes that do the recycling, only time bought through self*denial can heal that injury, "pay off the debt".

The real question is whether we start paying off the debt now in order to avoid the balloon payment. I'd prefer to avoid the balloon payment: an extreme decrease in productivity that'll cause major harm to nearly all people, enough so that severe malnutrition and starvation will become common even in what are now labeled as the Advanced Industrialized Nations.

* The world we live in -- ie the one in which our peers can afford the equipment and accoutraments that allow online forum discussions like this one -- is so driven by consumerism, so conned by advertizing that folks actually think that buying eg a 200mph Lamborghini in a 140k/h(87mph)maximum speed limit world (on a relatively short stretch of road in Romania) is a god-given right, proves something other than that the buyer can afford to be a total idiot.
Most of what we purchase is similarly unnecessary and unneeded. And most self-denial would be in the form of refusing to prove that we can afford to be idiots.
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Quoting StormTracker2K:


Unreal! I guess the next thing to worry about for you guys up north is an impending drought due to the lack of winter snowfall this winter.
definitely one of my concerns, seeing the low pond and stream levels. we had some nice precipitation events recently, hopefully that continues!
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Quoting JeffMasters:
Chicago, Illinois just hit 79F; that's the 3rd warmest it's ever been this early in the year, going back to 1872.

Madison, Wisconsin is at 75F, the 2nd warmest it's ever been this early in the year, going back to 1869.

Muskegon, Michigan is at 71F, the 2nd warmest it's ever been this early in the year, going back to 1896.

Bismark, North Dakota hit 71F on Tuesday, smashing the old record for the date by 14. It was the third warmest temperature on record so early in the year in the city.

Historical data taken from NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC).


Jeff Masters


Unreal! I guess the next thing to worry about for you guys up north is an appending drought due to the lack of winter snowfall.
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79. JeffMasters (Admin)
Chicago, Illinois just hit 79°F; that's the 3rd warmest it's ever been this early in the year, going back to 1872.

Madison, Wisconsin is at 75°F, the 2nd warmest it's ever been this early in the year, going back to 1869.

Muskegon, Michigan is at 71°F, the 2nd warmest it's ever been this early in the year, going back to 1896.

Bismark, North Dakota hit 71°F on Tuesday, smashing the old record for the date by 14°. It was the third warmest temperature on record so early in the year in the city.

Historical data taken from NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC).


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Quoting MTWX:
Suppose to be in the mid to upper 80's all week here in north MS!! Our average high for this time of year is 63! My pear trees have already leafed out, and my maples and oaks aren't far behind! Heck I started mowing the yard in February!


I agree, I've never seen it so warm across the country for so long in what is supposed to be winter. Hell we've hit 90 already here in orlando this year back in February!
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& besides the temps, humidity feels like late April/ early May warm fronts today, no wonder they have p.m. thunderstorms in forecast.
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Quoting Tygor:


Wow, I've received just a smidge over 7" so far this year in San Antonio, only a couple hours away. Amazing how much difference there is.


It was worse the farther east you went in TX because of the normal rainfalls we were supposed to get

Being near the Gulf helps, last year it didn't matter
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Quoting RitaEvac:


Already over 15" since Jan. 1st to March 11th, just think if you had to wait till Nov. 8th to just hit that amount......


Wow, I've received just a smidge over 7" so far this year in San Antonio, only a couple hours away. Amazing how much difference there is.
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Quoting Patrap:
When you watch,er "that stuff", well, you wind up with statements like dat.



Another remark by the kid on the train lol
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Quoting StormTracker2K:


What?? Oh my I guess I didn't realize it was that dry there. WOW!I hope it keeps up the death ridge will set up again as it always does but hopefully it's more across the C & Upper Midwest instead of over TX.


Already over 15" since Jan. 1st to March 11th, just think if you had to wait till Nov. 8th to just hit that amount......8 long friggin months...100-110 degrees

And still 20 inches behind
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72. MTWX
Suppose to be in the mid to upper 80's all week here in north MS!! Our average high for this time of year is 63! My pear trees have already leafed out, and my maples and oaks aren't far behind! Heck I started mowing the yard in February!
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The "easterly wave" approaching S. Florida is actually an inverted trough. It's not really an easterly wave, although it will move from east to west across the southern half of the state tomorrow and possibly bring a few showers there.
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what it should look like and what it does is two different things
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Quoting StormTracker2K:

oh ok yeah I wasn't thinking TW
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Quoting RitaEvac:


Get ready for next week
NWS Austin/San Antonio is still giving us a 40% of rain and talking about strong storms but not severe.

We're still a ways out so time will tell. Definitely keeping an eye on it.
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Quoting wunderkidcayman:



inverted trough. Not a tropical wave just an easterly wave from an old front.
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Quoting RitaEvac:


Houston has had 15.78" to March 11th. Makes 2012 the 4th wettest to start year off. It took till November 8th last year to get the same amount of rainfall in the city

Till November......think about that



What?? Oh my I guess I didn't realize it was that dry there. WOW!I hope it keeps up the death ridge will set up again as it always does but hopefully it's more across the C & Upper Midwest instead of over TX.
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Quoting Josihua2:
lol u sure about that mate? lolz antarctica u stand no chance!

ya your right maybe back in Scotland
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Quoting hydrus:
The temperature. We need a cold front or something close..Its 78 here in Middle TN....Good to see ya..:)

or lets see if I heard you its 14th march 2012 and 78 in middle TN wow you know its 90+ down here in Grand Cayman
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When you watch,er "that stuff", well, you wind up with statements like dat.

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Quoting Patrap:
There is NO wave in the Atlantic,,maybe try the NHC site, they usually up on "ting's" been my experience.


You're reminding me of that know it all kid on the Polar Express movie on the train....just cuz you can't see it, doesn't mean it's not there....
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Quoting wunderkidcayman:

like fire dam plus dry I wish I was in Antarctica right now you know what I need right now is a big rainy tropical wave or a rainy weak TD right now
lol u sure about that mate? lolz antarctica u stand no chance!
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StL above 80 for third day in a row, Spfld, IL didn't quite make it Mon., but did yesterday and will today. Long range has it at or above 80 in StL for next week. St. Pat's crowds will be crazy.

Not unusual to hit 80 in March, but for 10 days in a row? Doubt it's done that many times in May. Hope this doesn't ruin morel season, but I don't see how it won't.
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Quoting wunderkidcayman:
HEY GUYS WATS UP
The temperature. We need a cold front or something close..Its 78 here in Middle TN....Good to see ya..:)
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There is NO wave in the Atlantic,,maybe try the NHC site, they usually up on "ting's" been my experience.
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Quoting StormTracker2K:


Hot down there?

like fire dam plus dry I wish I was in Antarctica right now you know what I need right now is a big rainy tropical wave or a rainy weak TD right now
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Quoting Patrap:
www.solarham.com

In the latest Lasco and STEREO COR2 images, you can see a Comet making its way towards the Sun. This rock does not appear to be very large and should burn up on approach.

Incoming Comet (Wednesday) - Lasco C3

Its Quetzalcoatl ....There is 281 days , 10 hours and 34 minutes left...omg
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Quoting StormTracker2K:


I don't think so as we normally have ridging around FL this time of year as it's our dry season and even with that many areas aren't that far from average now for the year due to recent heavy rains. Melbourne, FL had 2.24" last Sunday alone!


Houston has had 15.78" to March 11th. Makes 2012 the 4th wettest to start year off. It took till November 8th last year to get the same amount of rainfall in the city

Till November......think about that

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Quoting percylives:
The Winter That Never Was.
The Super Spring.

I sure don't like all this high temperature euphoria.

Will we next have "The Scorching Summer"? On the 3rd 110+ degree day in the Midwestern and/or Eastern cities the novelty will be gone and the horror of it all will dawn on us.
wow no one misses that dreaded 110+ degree weather! looks like its set on bothering us once again! who would of thought so early in the year...... *grabs air con remote*
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Quoting StormTracker2K:
Infact what's even more interesting is the fact that we are tracking an easterly wave heading for S FL which is really unusual for so early in the year.


WHAT really where? show me
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Quoting wunderkidcayman:
HEY GUYS WATS UP


Hot down there?
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HEY GUYS WATS UP
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Atlantic Tropical Weather Discussion


000
AXNT20 KNHC 141801
TWDAT

TROPICAL WEATHER DISCUSSION
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
205 PM EDT WED MAR 14 2012

TROPICAL WEATHER DISCUSSION FOR NORTH AMERICA...CENTRAL
AMERICA...GULF OF MEXICO...CARIBBEAN SEA...NORTHERN SECTIONS OF
SOUTH AMERICA...AND ATLANTIC OCEAN TO THE AFRICAN COAST FROM THE
EQUATOR TO 32N. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS BASED ON SATELLITE
IMAGERY...WEATHER OBSERVATIONS...RADAR...AND METEOROLOGICAL
ANALYSIS.

BASED ON 1200 UTC SURFACE ANALYSIS AND SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 1715 UTC.

...THE ITCZ/THE MONSOON TROUGH...

THE MONSOON TROUGH PASSES THROUGH COASTAL LIBERIA NEAR 6N10W TO
4N20W TO 4N26W. THE ITCZ CONTINUES FROM 4N26W TO 1N30W...PASSING
THROUGH THE EQUATOR ALONG 32W...TO 2S39W. SCATTERED MODERATE
CONVECTIVE PRECIPITATION IS TO THE SOUTH OF 3N BETWEEN 30W AND
35W. RAINSHOWERS ARE POSSIBLE ELSEWHERE TO THE SOUTH OF 4N
BETWEEN 20W AND 45W.

...DISCUSSION...

THE GULF OF MEXICO...

UPPER LEVEL NORTHWESTERLY WIND FLOW MOVES MEXICO AND TEXAS...
ACROSS THE ENTIRE AREA. PART OF THE NORTHWESTERLY WIND FLOW
MOVES TOWARD THE BAHAMAS-TO-SOUTHEASTERN CUBA-TO-17N75W IN THE
CARIBBEAN SEA MIDDLE LEVEL TO UPPER LEVEL TROUGH. A SURFACE
RIDGE PASSES THROUGH A SOUTHWESTERN GEORGIA/SOUTHEASTERN ALABAMA
1025 MB HIGH PRESSURE CENTER...THROUGH WESTERN LOUISIANA AND
EAST TEXAS...INTO CENTRAL TEXAS. RAINSHOWERS ARE POSSIBLE TO THE
SOUTHEAST OF THE LINE FROM 25N82W 24N84W 23N88W IN THE
SOUTHEASTERN CORNER OF THE AREA.

THE CARIBBEAN SEA...

A MIDDLE LEVEL TO UPPER LEVEL TROUGH PASSES THROUGH THE NORTHERN
AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS...ACROSS SOUTHEASTERN CUBA...TO 17N75W IN
BETWEEN HAITI AND JAMAICA. UPPER LEVEL SOUTHWESTERLY WIND FLOW
MOVES FROM THE EASTERN PACIFIC OCEAN ACROSS CENTRAL AMERICA TO
THE SOUTH OF NICARAGUA AND COSTA RICA...TOWARD THE NORTHEASTERN
CORNER OF THE AREA. UPPER LEVEL NORTHWESTERLY-TO-WESTERLY WIND
FLOW MOVES FROM MEXICO ACROSS THE YUCATAN PENINSULA...
GUATEMALA...AND BELIZE INTO THE NORTHWESTERN CORNER OF THE AREA.
THIS FLOW ULTIMATELY APPROACHES THE NORTHEASTERN CORNER. THE
TWO SEPARATE WIND REGIMES ARE RESPONDING TO THE ATLANTIC OCEAN
MIDDLE LEVEL TO UPPER LEVEL CYCLONIC CIRCULATION CENTER NEAR
24N55W. RAINSHOWERS ARE POSSIBLE TO THE NORTH OF 16N BETWEEN 70W
AND 82W. RAINSHOWERS ALSO ARE POSSIBLE AS BROKEN LOW TO MIDDLE
LEVEL CLOUDS MOVE INLAND AND WESTWARD FROM NICARAGUA TO THE GULF
OF HONDURAS...AND IN CLOUDINESS THAT IS BANKED ALONG THE COAST
FROM 81W IN PANAMA TO NORTHEASTERN COSTA RICA. CURRENT AND
FORECAST WIND AND SEA CONDITIONS FOR THE COASTAL WATERS OF
COLOMBIA AND PANAMA FROM 10N TO 13N BETWEEN 73W AND 79W FOR THE
NEXT 48 HOURS ARE FOR WINDS FROM THE NORTHEAST-TO-NORTH FROM
20 TO 30 KNOTS...AND SEA HEIGHTS RANGING FROM 10 TO 13 FEET.
A SECOND AREA OF WIND AND SEAS IS FROM 10N TO 18N BETWEEN 68W
AND 83W...WITH WINDS FROM THE NORTHEAST-TO-EAST 20 KNOTS...AND
SEA HEIGHTS RANGING FROM 8 TO 10 FEET IN EASTERLY SWELL. EXPECT
TODAY ALSO TO THE NORTH OF 18N BETWEEN 80W AND 85W...NORTHEAST-
TO-EAST WINDS 20 KNOTS AND SEA HEIGHTS REACHING TO 8 FEET.

THE ATLANTIC OCEAN...

A MIDDLE LEVEL TO UPPER LEVEL TROUGH PASSES THROUGH 32N78W...
THROUGH THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS...ACROSS SOUTHEASTERN
CUBA...TO 17N75W IN BETWEEN HAITI AND JAMAICA IN THE CARIBBEAN
SEA. SCATTERED MODERATE CONVECTIVE PRECIPITATION IS FROM 25N TO
26N BETWEEN 74W AND 77W. RAINSHOWERS ARE POSSIBLE ELSEWHERE FROM
21N TO 30N BETWEEN 68W AND 80W. A MIDDLE LEVEL TO UPPER LEVEL
TROUGH PASSES THROUGH 32N43W...TO A CYCLONIC CIRCULATION CENTER
THAT IS NEAR 24N55W...TOWARD THE NORTHEASTERN CORNER OF THE
CARIBBEAN SEA. THIS TROUGH SUPPORTS A DISSIPATING COLD FRONT
THAT EXTENDS FROM A 1020 MB LOW PRESSURE CENTER THAT IS NEAR
33N39W...TO 31N37W 29N40W AND 25N47W. A SHEAR AXIS CONTINUES
FROM 25N47W TO 24N50W 23N55W 24N60W AND 26N65W. SCATTERED
MODERATE CONVECTIVE PRECIPITATION COVERS THE AREA FROM 25N TO
27N BETWEEN 45W AND 48W. RAINSHOWERS ARE POSSIBLE ELSEWHERE FROM
21N TO 28N BETWEEN 41W AND 50W...AND FROM 21N TO 25N BETWEEN 52W
AND 63W. BROAD UPPER LEVEL CYCLONIC WIND FLOW IS TO THE NORTH OF
30N TO THE EAST OF 21W...ASSOCIATED WITH A CYCLONIC CIRCULATION
CENTER THAT IS NEAR 35N11W. BROAD UPPER LEVEL CYCLONIC WIND FLOW
IS CENTERED AROUND 26N24W. THIS CYCLONIC FLOW IS COMPARATIVELY
WEAK AT THE MOMENT.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT
HTTP://WWW.HURRICANES.GOV/MARINE

$$
MT
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Infact what's even more interesting is the fact that we are tracking an easterly wave/inverted trough heading for S FL which is really unusual for so early in the year.

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Quoting RitaEvac:
East coast and Florida might be burning up and drying up this summer as well, the death ridge will have shifted east, bringing copious amounts of rain into TX by the location of the ridge going around Florida coming right into TX. Hill country to get it's water supply back by this year with a vengeance.


I don't think so as we normally have ridging around FL this time of year as it's our dry season and even with that many areas aren't that far from average now for the year due to recent heavy rains. Melbourne, FL had 2.24" last Sunday alone!
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The Winter That Never Was.
The Super Spring.

I sure don't like all this high temperature euphoria.

Will we next have "The Scorching Summer"? On the 3rd 110+ degree day in the Midwestern and/or Eastern cities the novelty will be gone and the horror of it all will dawn on us.
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www.solarham.com

In the latest Lasco and STEREO COR2 images, you can see a Comet making its way towards the Sun. This rock does not appear to be very large and should burn up on approach.

Incoming Comet (Wednesday) - Lasco C3

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thanks,Dr. masters,thats what figured thats what you were referencing.It has been an amazing winter.
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81F outside. Those cumulus clouds are good signs of summer. I missed watching thunderstorms develop in the diurnal heating, and these cumulus help a bit :D

a few more weeks and it wont be winter! Also, the low-level lapse rates are going crazy lol. they have increased from 6 to 9 in the past 3 hours.

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Currently 77F here in MD. Pretty amazing. Birds are all out, bees are out, bugs are out. Gardens are blooming or have bloomed. Trees beginning to leaf out.

It's going to be a really early Cherry Blossom Festival in DC this year.
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Nice to be able to cut the grass low without having to raise it up so to keep it alive, does better when cut low and has plenty of ground moisture and heat, unlike the past few years.
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Quoting TheOnlyBravesFan:


The Storm Prediction Center of TheOnlyBravesFan has placed western North Carolina under an extremely high risk of severe storms, centered over the home of SPLbeater


How can that be i am in central North Carolina lol.

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Quoting entrelac:
Man, we hope so. They just reopened the first public boat ramp for Lake Travis this week and the springs are finally starting to flow at a healthier rate.


Get ready for next week
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Quoting RitaEvac:
Hill country to get it's water supply back by this year with a vengeance.
Man, we hope so. They just reopened the first public boat ramp for Lake Travis this week and the springs are finally starting to flow at a healthier rate.
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