Is it spring or is it winter? Wild roller coaster of temperatures for the U.S.

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 3:19 PM GMT on January 28, 2013

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Is it spring or is it winter? The wild roller coaster ride of January 2013 weather continues this week, as Winter Storm Luna spreads snow, sleet and freezing rain across much of the Midwest and Northeast today, to be replaced by a spring-like surge of warm air nearly unprecedented in warmth and moisture for January. Temperatures in Oklahoma City have only reached 80° three times during January since 1890, but threaten to do so again today, and record-breaking high temperatures in the 70s are expected over much of Kansas and Missouri. Accompanying the exceptional January warmth will be near-record January moisture, as a flow of unusually moist air rides northwards from the Gulf of Mexico, where water temperatures are about 0.3°F above average. Meteorologists use a term called "precipitable water" to discuss how much water vapor is in the atmosphere. Precipitable water is defined as how much rain would fall on the ground if one took a vertical slice of the atmosphere above a given location and condensed all the water vapor into rain. Precipitable water levels tend to be highest in the summer, since warm air holds more waver vapor, and can exceed two inches in the Midwest U.S. In winter, though, it is rare to see precipitable water values higher than one inch. However, current model runs are predicting that precipitable water values on Tuesday evening will be near record values for January over much of the Central U.S. The high moisture will lead to widespread rainfall amounts of 1 - 2" over the Midwest. These rains are likely to cause flooding problems in areas where the rain falls on frozen soils with a significant snow pack. Flood watches are posted for much of Indiana, Southwest Lower Michigan, and Northwest Ohio, as a result. Here are the record January precipitable water values for some selected upper-air observation sites, along with the forecast precipitable water values for Tuesday evening from the latest run of the NAM model (thanks to Nick Wiltgen of TWC for compiling this):

Detroit, MI: Record: 1.20" at 00Z 1/11/75. Forecast: 1.2"
Nashville, TN: Record: 1.50" at 12Z 1/21/59. Forecast: 1.1"
Little Rock, AR: Record: 1.91" at 12Z 1/13/71. Forecast: 1.5"
Lincoln, IL: Record: 1.35" at 12Z 1/12/60. Forecast: 1.3"

Accompanying the heavy rain on Tuesday will be the threat of severe weather. NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has placed portions of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi in their "Moderate Risk" region for severe weather on Tuesday. This is the first "Moderate Risk" forecast issued during 2013. Severe thunderstorms with damaging wind gusts and tornadoes are likely in the Moderate Risk area.


Figure 1. Five-day predicted precipitation amounts for the period ending 7 am Saturday, February 2, 2013. Image credit: NOAA/HPC.


Figure 2. NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has placed portions of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi in their "Moderate Risk" region for severe weather on Tuesday. This is the first "Moderate Risk" forecast issued during 2013.

Dangerous air pollution episode finally eases in Utah
As I blogged about last week, clear skies, light winds, and a strong temperature inversion combined to create a dangerous air pollution episode in Northeast Utah in Salt Lake City and surrounding regions. However, over the weekend, a surge of warmer air and rain pushed into Utah, breaking up the temperature inversion, and bringing an end to the week-long pollution episode. In Salt Lake City, fine Particulate Matter less than 2.5 microns in diameter (also called PM 2.5) peaked at 59 micrograms per cubic meter on Saturday, nearly double the federal standard of 35 micrograms per cubic meter (averaged over 24 hours.) But by Sunday morning, PM 2.5 levels fell below 35 micrograms per cubic meter for the first time in over a week, allowing the city to finally breathe a little easier. In nearby Provo, Utah, the pollution had been much worse, with 24-hour average PM 2.5 levels more than triple the federal standard on Thursday morning, at 132 micrograms per cubic meter. On Sunday, air pollution levels in Provo also fell below the federal standard for the first time in over a week. With the forecast calling for snow through Tuesday and strong westerly winds building in, pollution levels should stay out of the red zone for at least the first part of this week. Brian Moench, an anesthesiologist and president of Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, estimates that poor air quality contributes to 1,000 to 2,000 premature deaths each year along Utah's Wasatch Front.


Figure 3. Observed air quality in North Provo, Utah, January 23 - 28, 2013. 24-hour average fine Particulate Matter less than 2.5 microns in diameter (also called PM 2.5) levels (black circles, top image) were in excess of the 35 micrograms per cubic meter U.S. standard (orange line) during the first part of the period, and peaked at 131 micrograms per cubic meter--more than 3 times the Federal standard--Thursday morning. The wind speed at the surface never rose above 6 mph (lower image, black dots) while the pollution was in excess of the federal standard, but on the 27th, the wind rose to 10 mph, helping flush out the pollution. Image credit: Utah DEQ.

Jeff Masters

Icy Kiss? (ceocrocker)
To me, it looks a bit like a Hershey Kiss, but it also looks a little mammary in nature. I'll let each person make their own interpretation of Mother Nature's art!
Icy Kiss?
Smogy conditions (SlimJ77)
For the last 10 days we have had terrible smog in the valleys. I drove up above it the other day and took these pictures. Bad air quality for all of us. Today we get a freezing rain storm because of it, causing all sorts of mess.
Smogy conditions

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225. CaicosRetiredSailor
12:01 AM GMT on January 29, 2013
The US$ 290-billion global space industry affects the daily lives of the vast majority of people on the planet. Whether it is access to the weather forecast, satellite television and Internet services, or the nearly ubiquitous use of GPS on modern smartphones and electronics, space plays an increasingly important role in helping to solve the problems and address the issues humanity faces.

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224. trHUrrIXC5MMX
11:58 PM GMT on January 28, 2013
LET'S TAKE A MOMENT TO REMEMBER..CHALLENGER DISASTER
January 28, 1986...27 years ago.

R. REAGAN "GIVE ME A CHALLENGE I'LL MEET IT WITH JOY"




May all rest in peace
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223. PlazaRed
11:40 PM GMT on January 28, 2013
Just a note of interest maybe to some!
Iberia at the moment is under a large low wind High Pressure but we are getting 7 meter,or about 24 foot waves crashing against the north and north west coast, when it should be almost flat calm. They are from the big low that was over the north Atlantic at the weekend.
The weather chap showed the satellite picture and the white line of the waves were clearly visible all the way along the north coast.
Very impressive.
Meanwhile we have plagues of flies all over the place and the weeds are about as high as they get in April 3 months too early from a winter here without a frost so far and about 3 foot of recorded rainfall.
Mud and compost season.
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222. trHUrrIXC5MMX
11:36 PM GMT on January 28, 2013
And to my great luck i see many WFO giving skywarn classes... not mine!
I'll have to travel over 60 miles in spring to get to it..
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221. PedleyCA
11:34 PM GMT on January 28, 2013
I made a comment earlier whether a ham steak was cheaper that a can of spam. Well, I saw a Stater Bros. ad for Farmer John 6oz Ham Steak for U$S 1.49 and then I found a web ad for a 12 can of Spam for U$ 2.48 Walmart

that is my final word....
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220. trHUrrIXC5MMX
11:31 PM GMT on January 28, 2013
Also for Springfield and Joplin MO


000
SXUS73 KSGF 282329
RERSGF

RECORD EVENT REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SPRINGFIELD MO
526 PM CST MON JAN 28 2013

...RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE SET AT SPRINGFIELD AND JOPLIN MO...

A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 74 DEGREES WAS SET AT SPRINGFIELD MO
TODAY. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 72 SET IN 2002.

A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 73 DEGREES WAS SET AT JOPLIN MO TODAY.
THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 68 SET IN 2002.
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219. TropicalAnalystwx13
11:28 PM GMT on January 28, 2013
Columbia, Missouri also set its daily record high temperature today, with a max. of 77F. This is 10F higher than the previous record of 67F in 2002 and it ties the all-time January high temperature set back in both 1909 and 1950.
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218. LargoFl
11:26 PM GMT on January 28, 2013
well good night folks..and good morning Aussie when you get here..stay safe down there my friend, pics of the flooding are horrible...
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217. LargoFl
11:25 PM GMT on January 28, 2013
THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF SOUTH CENTRAL
ALABAMA...SOUTHWEST ALABAMA...NORTHWEST FLORIDA AND SOUTHEAST
MISSISSIPPI.

.DAY ONE...TONIGHT

THE CENTRAL GULF COAST REMAINS IN A NIGHTTIME AND EARLY MORNING FOG
PATTERN AS HIGH PRESSURE TO THE EAST ALLOWS LOW LEVEL MOISTURE TO
INCREASE. FOG COULD BE LOCALLY DENSE TONIGHT...WITH VISIBILITIES
LOWERING TO LESS THAN A HALF MILE AT TIMES.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY

FORECASTERS WILL BE WATCHING A STRONG COLD FRONT APPROACHING THE
LOWER MISSISSIPPI RIVER VALLEY LATE TUESDAY NIGHT WITH AN ASSOCIATED
LINE OF ORGANIZED STORMS MOVING ACROSS MISSISSIPPI AND LOUISIANA.
THE SQUALL LINE IS FORECAST TO APPROACH SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI
BETWEEN 4 AM AND 6 AM WEDNESDAY MORNING AND CONTINUE RAPIDLY
EASTWARD...APPROACHING THE INTERSTATE 65 CORRIDOR BY LATE MORNING OR
AROUND NOON...AND THEN EXITING SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA AND THE WESTERN
FLORIDA PANHANDLE BY MID AFTERNOON.

DUE TO RAPID STORM MOVEMENT...MAIN IMPACT IN SEVERE STORMS WEDNESDAY
LOOK TO BE DAMAGING STRAIGHT LINE WINDS. ISOLATED TORNADOES ARE ALSO
POSSIBLE...ESPECIALLY IN ANY STORMS THAT DEVELOP AHEAD OF THE MAIN
LINE. IN THE ANTICIPATED ENVIRONMENT...SEVERE WEATHER IMPACTS ON
WEDNESDAY MAY HAPPEN VERY QUICKLY...EVEN IF A WARNING IS ISSUED WELL
UPSTREAM FROM YOU. STAY TUNED.

NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS FORECAST THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

ACTIVATION OF SKYWARN SEVERE STORM SPOTTER NETWORKS MAY BE REQUIRED
WEDNESDAY.

$$
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216. LargoFl
11:23 PM GMT on January 28, 2013
Significant Severe Weather Possible Tues. Across Southern Plains and Lower Miss. Valley

The NWS Storm Prediction Center is forecasting the potential for a significant severe weather event to unfold on Tuesday across the southern Plains and Lower Mississippi Valley. The greatest risk extends from the Tenn./Ark./Miss. border southward to central Louisiana. The primary threats will be damaging winds, possibly widespread, and embedded tornadoes within bowing segments.
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215. Neapolitan
11:15 PM GMT on January 28, 2013
Quoting ColdInFL:
Wow!

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb186/slickrat 18/ipcc-ar5draft-fig-1-4_zpscd75ec5f.gif
That's not a real "Wow!" (in fact, you might call it a "sham Wow"). Anyway, here you go: read and learn.
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214. LargoFl
11:15 PM GMT on January 28, 2013
A teenage boy was dramatically rescued from surging floodwaters as he clung to a tree Friday, while others were plucked from stranded cars and homes as floods swept northeastern Australia, AFP reports.

Authorities said there were 20 water rescue cases across central Queensland overnight and early Friday, after the remnants of tropical cyclone Oswald dumped huge rains around the coastal city of Rockhampton.

Rescues included those of a woman and two children trapped in a car isolated by flood waters, and seven people taken from two flooded homes.

Authorities said a teenage boy was lucky to be alive after he was found clinging to a tree as muddy floodwaters surged around him at Frenchville, some 525 kilometres (325 miles) northwest of Brisbane, early on Friday.

"The current was so strong it just took him away," station officer Brett Williams told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

The national broadcaster said the boy's rescuer was himself swept under the waters after he transferred the teenager to waiting rescuers, but later bobbed up safely further down the swollen creek.

Cyclone Oswald, now downgraded, which was about 65 nautical miles west of Mackay early Friday, has flooded rivers and dumped enough rain to isolate towns, with Rockhampton on Thursday experiencing its biggest daily downpour since 1939.

"They're saying this is not a cyclone but it's not far off it," Rockhampton councillor Bill Ludwig told ABC, adding that parts of the city were under water and winds were "very destructive".

A severe weather warning has been issued for parts of Queensland, with the Bureau of Meteorology saying heavy rainfall could cause flash flooding in the state's southeast, possibly reaching areas north of Brisbane late Friday.

"Six hour rainfall accumulations of 100 to 200mm (3.9 to 7.8 inches) are possible," it said.

The bureau said severe flash flooding was reported overnight in the Yeppoon area, north of Rockhampton, where rainfall of 271mm has been recorded since early Thursday.

The rain has left major highways closed and cut rail services.

Emergency Management Queensland said authorities were on high alert.

Two years ago floods in Queensland left more than 30 people dead, 29,000 homes and businesses inundated and some 2.5 million people affected.

For more information see: http://en.tengrinews.kz/disasters/Twenty-rescued-a s-floods-sweep-northeast-Australia-16336/
Use of the Tengrinews English materials must be accompanied by a hyperlink to en.Tengrinews.kz
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213. BahaHurican
11:11 PM GMT on January 28, 2013
Evening all. It was interesting to see places in the Mississippi valley and central plains with temps as high as / higher than ours today. Not that it wasn't warm here today...

On the spam / Spam debate, seems the kid wasn't really trying to multi-post to begin with. Glad to see pple didn't get "mad" but instead whimsical... and on the whimsy, it might be interesting to note that while Spam is not of particular interest to the average Bahamian, we all know the appropriate context for Vienna sausages, commonly known here as "weinie sausage". The more popular canned meat here is corned beef, which is usually steamed [fried in a tomato / onion sauce] and eaten with white rice in a dish called "fire engine". Tastes much better than Spam, IMO... lol
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212. LargoFl
11:10 PM GMT on January 28, 2013
australia flooding, alot of pics on the web.......
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211. trHUrrIXC5MMX
11:07 PM GMT on January 28, 2013
Quoting LargoFl:
..yes I think so,man the pics and stories are horrible down there..thousands fleeing their homes, HUGE flooding etc..Im sure aussie when he wakes up will be posting alot about it..already 4 deaths including a small child hit by a tree falling on him

Omg... I really hope my friend Aussie is ok with all of this going near his location
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210. LargoFl
11:05 PM GMT on January 28, 2013
Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:


That is from ex TC Oswald right?
..yes I think so,man the pics and stories are horrible down there..thousands fleeing their homes, HUGE flooding etc..Im sure aussie when he wakes up will be posting alot about it..already 4 deaths including a small child hit by a tree falling on him
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209. LargoFl
11:02 PM GMT on January 28, 2013
folks I just cannot imagine..20 inches of rain geeez.......BRISBANE, Australia -- Torrential rains have left thousands of homes flooded in eastern Australia, with more rain and high winds expected in Queensland and New South Wales.

The disaster has claimed four lives, including a 3-year-old boy who was hit by a falling tree in the Queensland state capital, Brisbane, the Australian Associated Press said Monday.

It said officials were preparing for another day of evacuations along the eastern coast, where hundreds of homes have been cut off by floodwaters.

State Emergency Services Deputy Commissioner Steve Pearce told the AAP that some areas in northern New South Wales had been hit by more than half a meter (about 20 inches) of rain, with more than 2,000 people


View Maroochydore in a larger mapisolated by floodwaters.

"We're expecting flash flooding, we're expecting trees to be brought down, wires to be brought down by these winds," Pearce said. "We're expecting a very challenging 24 hours in front of us."

Floodwaters have also cut off all roads between New South Wales and Queensland.

More than 2,000 homes are underwater in the worst-affected city of Bundaberg, 240 miles to the north of Brisbane. The same area was hit by serious flooding two years ago, leaving 35 dead.

AAP said military helicopters with pilots using night vision equipment were being used to evacuate stranded residents.

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208. trHUrrIXC5MMX
11:01 PM GMT on January 28, 2013
Quoting LargoFl:
Aussie when you wake up..plse be careful ok, just saw some horrible pics of the flooding down there...stay safe my friend...................'Major flood crisis' hits Queensland, Australia


That is from ex TC Oswald right?
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207. trHUrrIXC5MMX
11:00 PM GMT on January 28, 2013
So I went downtown to file a complaint for the creepy railroad... I was not the first one.
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206. LargoFl
10:59 PM GMT on January 28, 2013
Aussie when you wake up..plse be careful ok, just saw some horrible pics of the flooding down there...stay safe my friend...................'Major flood crisis' hits Queensland, Australia
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205. LargoFl
10:57 PM GMT on January 28, 2013

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR NORTH CENTRAL NORTH
CAROLINA...NORTHWEST NORTH CAROLINA...CENTRAL VIRGINIA...SOUTH
CENTRAL VIRGINIA...SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA...WEST CENTRAL VIRGINIA AND
SOUTHEAST WEST VIRGINIA.

.DAY ONE...THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT.

THE THREAT OF HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS LOW AT THIS TIME.


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

A STRONG COLD FRONT WILL PASS ACROSS THE REGION ON WEDNESDAY
AFTERNOON AND EVENING...RESULTING IN GUSTY WINDS AND PERIODS OF
HEAVY RAIN. SATURATED GROUND FROM RECENT RAINFALL AND SNOWFALL
MAY LEAD TO MINOR RIVER FLOODING.
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204. LargoFl
10:54 PM GMT on January 28, 2013
my local met doesnt think this front will give us here around tampa any real severe weather, only a 50% chance of rain and some breezy conditions..any rain is a good thing because this is our dry season
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203. ColdInFL
10:54 PM GMT on January 28, 2013
Wow!

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb186/slickrat 18/ipcc-ar5draft-fig-1-4_zpscd75ec5f.gif
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202. ncstorm
10:50 PM GMT on January 28, 2013
Dr. Greg Forbes Torcon Index
Tuesday, Jan. 29

Severe thunderstorms, possibly in a squall line, in north-central and east TX, east half OK, extreme southeast KS, south and central MO, central and south IL, AR, west and north LA, west KY, west TN, northwest MS.

AL north night - 4
AL west-central, southwest night - 3 to 4
AR east - 4
AR central, west - 3
FL west panhandle night - 3
IL central, south - 3
KS southeast - 3
KY west - 3
KY central night - 3
LA north - 4
LA west-central, southwest - 3
LA night - 3 to 4
MO central, south - 3
MS northwest - 4
MS night - 4
OK central, east - 3
TN west, middle night - 4
TX central, east - 3
other areas - 1 or less
Wednesday, Jan. 30

Severe thunderstorms, possibly in a squall line, in east KY, east half TN, south OH, south WV, central and south VA, NC, SC, GA, northeast, central and south AL, FL panhandle, extreme southeast MS and LA (morning).

AL northeast, central, south - 3
FL panhandle - 3
GA - 3
KY east - 3
LA extreme southeast morning -3
MS extreme southeast morning - 3
NC - 3
OH south - 3
SC - 3
TN east half - 3
VA central, south - 3
WV south half - 3
other areas - 1 or less
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201. hydrus
10:49 PM GMT on January 28, 2013
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Quoting IceCoast:


Getting some very heavy snow here in Boulder, CO. Airport only few miles away is reporting rain 15 minutes ago but it's been snowing at my house for about 30 minutes now with 1/2 inch of accumulation. Crazy that it was 50 and sunny this morning.


Heavy snow here in Louisville (Colorado) too - giant flakes. But my wife reports that Nederland has yet to get so much as a single flurry. Odd.

Live webcam in Arvada, CO:



Radar for the area, showing the odd dry slot over Nederland (northwest of Denver):



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Here is the latest position of the jet stream over the US for today.........No surprise that things will go boom when this combined with the frontal passage begins moving into the mid-west tomorrow into the warm air flowing up from the Gulf......Sort of a "mini" taste of what may come down the road when we get to our normal Spring severe weather and tornado outbreaks. Not the type of set-up that we usually see in late January (with temps this warm flowing out of the Gulf).

Link
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Riverside, California (Airport)
Updated: 49 min 49 sec ago
Partly Cloudy
54 °F
Partly Cloudy
Humidity: 40%
Dew Point: 30 °F
Wind: Calm
Pressure: 30.05 in (Falling)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 3 out of 16
Pollen: 7.70 out of 12
Pollen Forecast new!
Clouds:
Few 6500 ft
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 817 ft

Warmer on this side of the river, 59.4 here. (Santa Ana River)
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Trough is currently traversing the Intermountain West:



Getting some very heavy snow here in Boulder, CO. Airport only few miles away is reporting rain 15 minutes ago but it's been snowing at my house for about 30 minutes now with 1/2 inch of accumulation. Crazy that it was 50 and sunny this morning.
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NWS forecast for my area

Wednesday
Showers likely, mainly after 3pm. Patchy fog before noon. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 55. South wind 7 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night
Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before midnight, then showers likely. Low around 41. South wind 15 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Why isn't this snow????
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Trough is currently traversing the Intermountain West:

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72 in Kansas to 37 in Nebraska.... wow!
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Quoting PalmBeachWeather:
Because


Just bored I guess.....
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Quoting Jedkins01:
Why are people discussing gross foods to such a high degree right now?
Because
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189. VR46L
Quoting PedleyCA:
spam

Someone said someone was spamming the blog and it morphed into a bit of whimsy. Sometimes we get bored....


Love Monty Python

Thanks
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I don't get why people/organizations (UCAR in first image) who posses the skills to graph and plot model data choose to make their graphics so damn ugly. The first map below literally looks like someone vomited on top of the continental united states. The colors are hideous and one can hardly make out the underlying borders from the background map when winds are gridded in above.




Here's a much cleaner version of a wind map





Sorry for the random, pointless rant. This is just one of those things I can't wrap my head around. Also, I wasn't intending to prevent anyone from posting these images.
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spam

Someone said someone was spamming the blog and it morphed into a bit of whimsy. Sometimes we get bored....
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Quoting Neapolitan:
The Great Plains un-winter weather may not yet be over with...

cpc
Definitely not. Here's the8-14 Day outlook. February will most likely be above average for most the Great Plains, except maybe the northernmost states of North Dakota and Wisconsin.

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Why are people discussing gross foods to such a high degree right now?
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
only for a couple of days then back to the freezer


I am sure you are enjoying the break. I know my sister is (NE Wis) You have been warmer than her lately. Now about the same for a few.
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the jet stream is going to snap i say!!
these extremes are taking their toll on seasoned Minnesotans, a people accustomed to it.. yet there is something different about this year..
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TA 13,
I mean, tonight, not Tues night. (Add: LOL. Just saw your add.) Who knows how surface-based it will be. Guess where it's gonna start?

Effective bulk shear, MUCAPE, CIN 2115 cstGMT. Static image.


Wouldn't hurt to look a little north and even west of here also. You can see the (add: surface) front on it's way in. (Replaced with static image - 2200 GMT)


We'll see what happens.
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Tonight Periods of drizzle or rain changing to periods of freezing drizzle and a few flurries after midnight. Fog patches. Low minus 1. Tuesday Periods of freezing drizzle and a few flurries changing to periods of rain in the morning. Risk of freezing rain late in the morning. Risk of a thunderstorm in the afternoon. Fog patches dissipating in the morning. High plus 5. Tuesday night Periods of rain. Risk of a thunderstorm in the evening and after midnight. Temperature rising to 9 by morning. Wednesday Rain. Windy. High 13. Thursday A mix of sun and cloud. Windy. Low minus 2. High minus 2. Friday A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 9. High minus 4. Saturday Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 10. High minus 5. Sunday Flurries. Low minus 6. High minus 4.
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wow wait til that cold front crashes into thes high temps..oh boy...
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Quoting PedleyCA:
Hey Keep

Didn't notice your 35 degree temp till just now. Got a mini Heat Wave going there. No wonder your so active. You are starting to defrost.....lol
only for a couple of days then back to the freezer
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Hey Keep

Didn't notice your 35 degree temp till just now. Got a mini Heat Wave going there. No wonder your so active. You are starting to defrost.....lol
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