Category: Winter Weather
Are you a snow lover? Looking for that first snow? Well, the NOAA Climate Center has created the perfect graphic for you. That graphic, shown below, shows the historic date of the first snow. Unfortunately for those of us who like to see a good snow, much of the Southeast US does not historically see their first snow until December or January. And I just love the gray dots over the Florida Peninsula showing that a snow event is too rare to analyze.
Anyone up for a field trip, say to the Rockies and a higher elevation to catch where snow has already fallen?
Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC) issued the U.S. Winter Outlook covering the period from December, 2015, through February, 2016. The forecast favors cooler and wetter weather across much of the Southern Tier states with above-average temperatures most likely in the West and across Northern Tier states. This year’s El Niño, among the strongest on record and strongest since 1997-98, is expected to influence weather and climate patterns this winter by impacting the position of the Pacific jet stream.
Mike Halpert, Deputy Director of NOAA’s CPC, can be heard in the video below. Halbert noted, “A strong El Niño is in place and should exert a strong influence over our weather this winter. While temperature and precipitation impacts associated with El Niño are favored, El Niño is not the only player. Cold-air outbreaks and snow storms will likely occur at times this winter. However, the frequency, number and intensity of these events cannot be predicted on a seasonal timescale.”
Other factors that often play a role in the winter weather include the Arctic Oscillation, which influences the number of arctic air masses that penetrate into the South and nor’easters on the East Coast, and the Madden-Julian Oscillation, which can impact the number of heavy rain storms in the Pacific Northwest.
Be sure to check out the video below.
It’s interesting to look back at the observations made at the Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport for the winter of 1997-1998. There were two snow events for that winter, both of them coming in December, 1997. One on December 14, 1997, in which one tenth of an inch of snow was recorded, and December 29, 1997, with snowfall of 1.60 inches. Anniston recorded 4.50 inches of snow on February 9, 1998.
It is official! Just under three inches of snow fell late this afternoon and evening at Boston’s Logan Airport, surpassing the old seasonal snowfall total.
This graphic does not yet reflect the updated total, but shows 125 years of snowfall records in Beantown.
If the GFS is right, they may increase their snowfall total even further next weekend! The model has been predicting some light snows next weekend.
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NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
719 PM EDT SUN MAR 15 2015
…BOSTON BREAKS ALL TIME SEASONAL SNOW RECORD…
AS OF 7PM ON MARCH 15TH…BOSTON LOGAN AIRPORT RECIEVED 108.6
INCHES OF TOTAL SEASONAL SNOWFALL. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF
107.6 INCHES FOR THE 1995-1996 WINTER SEASON.
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Numerous wrecks are being reported on I-459 by State Troopers on southbound I=459 at MM 27 via John Talbot on Twitter.
This is just south of the I-20 interchange, north of Grants Mill Road.
There are injuries and extraction help is being requested.
Area roads are still dangerous where freezing rain and sleet has fallen. It is still a good idea to avoid travel for now.
The freezing line continues to sink towards the southeast across Central Alabama this afternoon. Where temps have fallen to freezing, they will not be rising back above it until the middle part of tomorrow morning. Luckily, we are seeing the main area of precipitation moving off towards the southeast as well. No additional accumulations are expected north and west of this line.
With the temps only dropping the rest of today, we are not expecting much improvement in the areas that have seen the sleet and ice, as a slushy mess remains. Impacts on travel will be persist the rest of the afternoon and through the overnight periods. The greatest threat for icing will be on the elevated surfaces as well as bridges and overpasses. Travel is not recommended through the rest of today and tonight. Temperatures will continue dropping and we are expecting lower 20s and teens for much of Central Alabama by tomorrow morning.
The NWS Birmingham continues the Winter Storm Warning for Jefferson, Blount, Pickens, Tuscaloosa and Walker Counties until 3 p.m.
They have posted a Winter Weather Advisory until 6 p.m. for counties to the east, including Bibb, Calhoun, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Etowah, Greene, Hale, Marengo, Perry, Shely. St. CLair, Sumter and Talladega.
Sleet continues across much of the Birmingham Metro area, but will begin to taper from the west over the next hour. Exposed surface such as decks are gathering an accumulation of sleet. Roads are becoming sleet covered in some areas and slushy conditions are being reported in places like Ashville, Mountain Brook and over northeastern Jefferson County. In all areas, watch out for ice on bridges.
An area of heavier sleet over Sumter and Greene Counties will affect Hale and Marengo Counties between now and 3 p.m.
Get ready for a cold night tonight with tens over the Northwest, readings near 20F in the I-59 Corridor and lower 20s elsewhere across Central Alabama.