April Fools weather humor; all-time March warmth in WY, NE

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 3:41 PM GMT on April 01, 2012

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I don't have an April Fools blog post for you this year, but instead thought I share with you two of the funniest weather-related stories of the year. Firstly, it turns out that you don't need to be a human to enjoy a little snowboarding. The snowy conditions in Russia this winter gave the opportunity for an intrepid crow to take up the sport in this remarkable Youtube video. I found the video over at Andy Revkin's DotEarth blog at the New York Times. The bird is a hooded crow, and has evidently been doing quite a bit of snowboarding, judging by the multiple tracks on the rooftop. Too bad us humans can't use a flap-assist from our wings while snowboarding, it might cut down on injuries!


Video 1. A crow in Russia goes snowboarding on a snow-covered rooftop.

The most insane letter ever written by a child to a TV weatherman
I've done a lot of talks about the weather to schools, and have gotten hundreds of thank-you letters from the kids afterwards. But I've never gotten a letter quite like the one KVUE morning and midday meteorologist Albert Ramon in Austin, Texas recently received after talking at a local school. A sampling:

"Some day when I become supreme Ultra-Lord of the universe I will not make you a slave, you will live in my 200 story castle where unicorn servants will feed you doughnuts off their horns."

And this: "Thank you again for teaching us about meteoroligy, you're more awesome than a monkey wearing a tuxedo made out of bacon riding a cyborg unicorn with a lightsaber for the horn on the tip of a space shuttle closing in on Mars while ingulfed in flames."


Check out the letter here.

Finally, realclimate.org has a funny April Fool's blog post today called ‘Wrong sign paradox’ finally resolved?

All-time March warmth records in Wyoming, Nebraska
Most of Wyoming and much of Nebraska set or tied their record for all-time warmest March temperatures yesterday, no fooling. A strong ridge of high pressure that generated a strong flow of warm air from the southwest was responsible. Some of the records included:

Omaha, NE: 91°F
Lincoln, NE: 91°F
Casper, WY: 77°F
Lander, WY: 76°F
Rock Spring, WY: 72°F
Worland, WY: 81°F
Laramie, WY: 71°F
Rawlins, WY: 73°F
Chadron, WY: 83°F
Sidney, WY: 83°F

Jeff Masters

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403. Speeky
6:32 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
here's the radar:

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402. Speeky
6:29 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
look at the kansas city, MO radar. Something odd is going on.
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401. nrtiwlnvragn
2:44 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
NEW BLOG
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400. StormTracker2K
2:44 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
Quoting Neapolitan:
IMO, models are seriously misinterpreting and overstating the effect of both the positive PNA and the negative NAO. It appears temps will be closer to normal to slightly below normal for Florida and much of the east coast as mid-month arrives...but I wouldn't call it anything like "payback".

April


Yup, pattern is beginning to look very summerlike across FL with much more in the way of rain coming up up with little to no cool down from highs in the low 90's except for a couple of days later this weekend and early next week. Infact a local met said March will go as the top 10 warmest March ever and April is heading in the same direction.
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399. hydrus
2:41 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
Powerful storm in the N.E. Pacific...
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398. Bergeron
2:37 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
Quoting jeffs713:


3 things I noticed on those maps:

1. proto-El Nino says hello.
2. The PDO is still the same.
3. Maybe a dipole setting up in the NATL? (warm in the MDR, cold just north of the MDR, and then warm anomalies north of 40N)


That would be tripole.
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397. RitaEvac
2:36 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
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396. Sarasotab
2:32 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
When did they move Chadron and Sydney into Wyoming. They were in Nebraska when I was growing up. LOL
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395. Neapolitan
2:31 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
Quoting weatherbro:


Your right about the Caribbean but for the GOM and Florida I believe it'll spell dry weather as fronts will more easily slip through our region. With a +PNA -EPO ridge out west and potentially a -NAO and neutral AO with the polar vortex brushing toward southern Canada from Alaska! April will definitely be payback-time for many in the East!
IMO, models are seriously misinterpreting and overstating the effect of both the positive PNA and the negative NAO. It appears temps will be closer to normal to slightly below normal for Florida and much of the east coast as mid-month arrives...but I wouldn't call it anything like "payback".

April
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394. LargoFl
2:28 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
Is this the strong cold front that is projected to crash into all that HOT humid air in the midatl states later on this week?..geez start watching and listening to your local warnings folks ..................URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO
420 AM MDT MON APR 2 2012

COZ087-088-021630-
/O.UPG.KPUB.WS.A.0009.120402T1800Z-120404T0000Z/
/O.NEW.KPUB.WS.W.0008.120403T0000Z-120404T0000Z/
WALSENBURG VICINITY/UPPER HUERFANO RIVER BASIN BELOW 7500 FT-
TRINIDAD VICINITY/WESTERN LAS ANIMAS COUNTY BELOW 7500 FT-
INCLUDING...WALSENBURG...TRINIDAD
420 AM MDT MON APR 2 2012

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM
MDT TUESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PUEBLO HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6
PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM MDT TUESDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO
LONGER IN EFFECT.


* LOCATION...THE UPPER HUERFANO RIVER BASIN AND WESTERN LAS
ANIMAS COUNTY...WHICH INCLUDES WALSENBURG...TRINIDAD AND THE
SOUTHERN I-25 CORRIDOR.

* CAUSE AND TIMING...AN UPPER LEVEL STORM SYSTEM WILL TRACK ACROSS
NEW MEXICO TODAY AND INTO TUESDAY. SNOW...ALONG WITH RAIN MIXED
WITH SNOW...SHOULD DEVELOP THIS AFTERNOON. SNOW WILL BECOME
HEAVY AT TIMES TONIGHT INTO TUESDAY.

* SNOW ACCUMULATION...ABOVE 7000 FEET...6 TO 10 INCHES. BELOW 7000
FEET...4 TO 8 INCHES.

* WIND...NORTHEAST WINDS 20 TO 40 MPH.

* IMPACT...HAZARDOUS TRAVEL WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH HEAVY...WET AND
SLUSHY SNOWFALL ACROSS THE SOUTHERN I-25 CORRIDOR.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

STRONG WINDS AND REDUCED VISIBILITY ARE EXPECTED DUE TO HEAVY
SNOWFALL AND BLOWING SNOW.

AVOID TRAVEL IN THE WARNING AREA. IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO TRAVEL
IN THE WARNING AREA DURING THE TIME OF THE WARNING...LISTEN TO
THE LATEST WEATHER FORECAST AND CONSIDER TRAVELING AT ANOTHER
TIME OR BY ANOTHER ROUTE. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL IN THE WARNING AREA
DURING THE TIME OF THE WARNING...TAKE ALONG A WINTER SURVIVAL
KIT. IF YOU BECOME STRANDED IN A RURAL AREA...STAY WITH YOUR
VEHICLE UNTIL HELP ARRIVES. TO KEEP WARM IN YOUR VEHICLE...RUN
YOUR ENGINE 10 MINUTES EACH HOUR...AND MAKE SURE THE EXHAUST PIPE
IS CLEAR OF SNOW TO AVOID CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING.

&&

$$
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393. MTWX
2:25 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
Pollen forecast... Anyone want to trade places with me?? Right now I want to dig my sinuses out with a pitchfork!!

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392. LargoFl
2:21 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
Quoting weatherbro:


If we don't get that by Friday evening, I'm afraid we're outa luck for the rest of the month as the Carabean ridge is forecasted by all the models to break-down and allow a powerful front to blast through just in time for Easter Weekend!
yes I believe your right there, well fingers crossed for friday
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391. Tazmanian
2:17 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
here are this week #


The latest weekly SST departures are:
Niño 4 -0.5ºC
Niño 3.4 -0.2ºC
Niño 3 0.3ºC
Niño 1+2 0.9ºC
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390. StormTracker2K
2:14 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
Quoting weatherbro:


Your right about the Caribbean but for the GOM and Florida I believe it'll spell dry weather as fronts will more easily slip through our region. With a PNA -EPO ridge out west and potentially a -NAO and neutral AO with the polar vortex brushing toward southern Canada from Alaska! April will definitely be payback-time for many in the East!


All the models show even more rain after this week for FL.

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389. jeffs713
2:14 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
Quoting nigel20:
April 2, 2012

April 4, 2011


3 things I noticed on those maps:

1. proto-El Nino says hello.
2. The PDO is still the same.
3. Maybe a dipole setting up in the NATL? (warm in the MDR, cold just north of the MDR, and then warm anomalies north of 40N)
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388. txjac
2:11 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
Quoting belizeit:
April 1st is gone and so is my friend ! Drowned trying to save his little brother so April Fool will never be the same.


OMG, I am so sorry. Did his brother manage to be saved?
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387. weatherbro
2:03 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
Quoting StormTracker2K:
Looks like it's going to be a wet April across FL and the Caribbean. Very rare to see this type of upward motion in April. This is something you would typically see in the summer.





Your right about the Caribbean but for the GOM and Florida I believe it'll spell dry weather as fronts will more easily slip through our region. With a +PNA -EPO ridge out west and potentially a -NAO and neutral AO with the polar vortex brushing toward southern Canada from Alaska! April will definitely be payback-time for many in the East!
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386. DavidHOUTX
1:59 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
Oh how things have changed for East Texas. Great thing to see!

September 2011


March 30, 2012
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385. SteveDa1
1:58 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
The high temperature average for March 2012 is now the second warmest since records began in 1942 here in Montreal, Quebec.

1. 1946 with 8.8C
2. 2012 with 8.1C
3. 2007 with 7.8C
4. 1945 with 7.3C
5. 2000 with 6.8C

The low temperature average of -2C ended up being tied with 1945 for 4th warmest.

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384. DavidHOUTX
1:56 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
Two Meso structures move through Houston within a week. Pretty interesting to say the least..
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383. ncstorm
1:56 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
Good Morning Everyone!

So is anyone thinking we may see some early tropical storms this year, possibly this month? I am seeing the comparisims of the heating of the ocean and the MJO maps, looks like the ingredients are coming together?
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382. TropicTraveler
1:54 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
Nice heavy rain over central Kentucky this weekend. Cloudy today and more forecasted. Hope the severe part stays away from the towns that were hit by tornadoes already. They don't need the extra grief.

As to comments by some that somebody ought to leave the blog - I think that's out of line. People have different opinions and as much as anything this ought to be an judgment-free zone for people to try out their views and not be flamed for it. A little kindness and constructive help does a lot more good.

People left the blog last year because of mean attacks. So I hope nobody takes it personally when somebody attacks. It's happened to me and I think when it does that somebody else is really having a bad day - and I don't respond. Especially when the trolls come, and they'll be here soon.
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381. nigel20
1:49 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
April 1, 2011

April 1, 2012

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380. GeorgiaStormz
1:47 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
I wonder how many waterspouts happen when the troughs go deeply negative over the ocean. Are there any high risk days for the N Atlantic?
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379. GeorgiaStormz
1:45 PM GMT on April 02, 2012


Jet stream phasing over the Ohio Valley, looks like a squall line if anything at all.
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378. JNCali
1:39 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
Hey all,, beautiful 'June' day here in Mid TN.. gonna be in the low 90's with the occasional summer cumulus floating by in the warm breeze.. For a change I can enjoy the patio in peace and quiet at least until the kids get home from school!
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377. weatherbro
1:38 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
Quoting LargoFl:
I hope this pans out, we really need the rain


If we don't get that by Friday evening, I'm afraid we're outa luck for the rest of the month as the Carabean ridge is forecasted by all the models to break-down and allow a powerful front to blast through just in time for Easter Weekend!
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376. GeorgiaStormz
1:37 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
another 5-30-30 severe weather day.

This is gonna become the norm for this year.
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375. weatherbro
1:34 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
Florida's gonna have a warm one this week in the 90's followed by a remarkable cool-down this weekend thanks to a remarkable full latitude trough in the East that models have been gon-ho about for over a week.

Prepare for a big roller-coaster ride!
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374. nigel20
1:28 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
Quoting StormTracker2K:
Looks like it's going to be a wet April across FL and the Caribbean. Very rare to see this type of upward motion in April. This is something you would typically see in the summer.




We may some flooding in the Caribbean as a result of this upward motion
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373. nigel20
1:24 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
April 2, 2012

April 4, 2011
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372. Tropicsweatherpr
1:17 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
Quoting Jax82:
Check out Nino 3.4



Yes,warming to Neutral and if it continues this warming trend, El Nino could come earlier than what we thought.
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371. nigel20
1:16 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
Good morning all!
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370. pottery
1:13 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
Quoting StormTracker2K:


If your wondering why it's so cloudy lately in Trinidad well it's because the MJO is moving into our side of the world. So don't be surprised to see lots of convection in the Gulf & Caribbean over the coming days and maybe weeks as the MJO looks like it wants to hangout awhile.

True.
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368. LargoFl
1:06 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAMPA BAY RUSKIN FL
443 AM EDT MON APR 2 2012

FLZ039-042-043-048>052-055>057-060>062-065-022045 -
LEVY-CITRUS-SUMTER-HERNANDO-PASCO-PINELLAS-HILLSB OROUGH-POLK-
MANATEE-HARDEE-HIGHLANDS-SARASOTA-DE SOTO-CHARLOTTE-LEE-
443 AM EDT MON APR 2 2012

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR WEST CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST
FLORIDA.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT.

...FIRE WEATHER IMPACT...
AFTERNOON PERIODS OF LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITIES COULD CREATE
FAVORABLE CONDITIONS FOR THE SPREAD OF WILD FIRES ESPECIALLY
ACROSS INTERIOR AND SOUTHERN COUNTIES.


.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY.

...THUNDERSTORM IMPACT...
A FEW THUNDERSTORMS COULD AFFECT THE AREA ON WEDNESDAY WITH MAIN
HAZARDS BEING GUSTY WINDS...DANGEROUS CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING AND
HEAVY DOWNPOURS.

...FIRE WEATHER IMPACT...
AFTERNOON PERIODS OF LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITIES AGAIN ON TUESDAY
COULD CREATE FAVORABLE CONDITIONS FOR THE SPREAD OF WILD FIRES
ESPECIALLY ACROSS INTERIOR PORTIONS OF THE NATURE COAST.


.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

SPOTTER ACTIVATION WILL NOT BE NEEDED TODAY.

$$

REYNES
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366. belizeit
1:04 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
Quoting LargoFl:
sad news, prayers for your friend and his family
Thank You life can end so fast but i,m glad its not final.
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365. LargoFl
1:03 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
Quoting StormTracker2K:
More rain for FL in the driest month of the year. By the way I picked up 1.06" on Saturday my heaviest rain since late February.

I hope this pans out, we really need the rain
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364. LargoFl
1:02 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
Quoting belizeit:
April 1st is gone and so is my friend ! Drowned trying to save his little brother so April Fool will never be the same.
sad news, prayers for your friend and his family
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363. RitaEvac
12:59 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
Houston NWS throwing up warnings for no reason on these storms. Models have no handle on these events coming outta MX.
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362. RitaEvac
12:57 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
Need a long range loop of last nights meso event coming outta Mexico into TX
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361. belizeit
12:54 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
April 1st is gone and so is my friend ! Drowned trying to save his little brother so April Fool will never be the same.
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360. MahFL
12:42 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
Quoting StormTracker2K:
More rain for FL in the driest month of the year. By the way I picked up 1.06" on Saturday my heaviest rain since late February.

>


I got 2.25 inches, SW of JAX.
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359. StormTracker2K
12:37 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
More rain for FL in the driest month of the year. By the way I picked up 1.06" on Saturday my heaviest rain since late February.

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358. StormTracker2K
12:35 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
Quoting pottery:

We're DOOMED.


If your wondering why it's so cloudy lately in Trinidad well it's because the MJO is moving into our side of the world. So don't be surprised to see lots of convection in the Gulf & Caribbean over the coming days and maybe weeks as the MJO looks like it wants to hangout awhile.

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357. pottery
12:25 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
Quoting StormTracker2K:
Looks like it's going to be a wet April across FL and the Caribbean. Very rare to see this type of upward motion in April. This is something you would typically see in the summer.




We're DOOMED.
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356. pottery
12:24 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
Quoting StormTracker2K:
Looks like todays Enso update will have us in Nuetral. Warming seems to be happening pretty quick now across the C Pacific. We could very well be in El-Nino by late June or July.

We're DOOMED.
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355. pottery
12:24 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:
Good morning to all. I see a little bit more warmer Tropical Atlantic west of 40W longitude. But the warmest areas are the GOM and the Western Atlantic.


We're DOOMED.
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354. StormTracker2K
12:23 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
Looks like todays Enso update will have us in Nuetral. Warming seems to be happening pretty quick now across the C Pacific. We could very well be in El-Nino by late June or July.
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353. yqt1001
12:23 PM GMT on April 02, 2012
Well...it's something at least.

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