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East Coast Soaker

Hello and happy Tuesday everyone, I hope all is well with you on this last day of November 2010… Wait, what? Yea, I can’t believe we’re getting ready to wrap up the year. The good news, for those who aren’t big fans of the shorter daylight, the Winter Solstice is only 3 short weeks away. That be right around the date at which we see the least amount of sunshine during the day in the northern hemisphere. In 4 short weeks, we start to see a slight increasing in daylight hours, it won’t be much, but at least we’re getting close to rounding the corner.

Weather Headlines

The deep south went through a pretty rocky Monday with strong to severe weather and tornadoes. One of which went through Yazoo City, MS – if you recall, Yazoo City was hit by a massive tornado earlier this spring, which was responsible for 10 fatalities. Read more about that (April 24th, 2010) strong tornado HERE:

Tornado warnings issued around the Mississippi State University campus yesterday resulted in students taking shelter in dorm hallways.

(Photo Courtesy: briellenicole10 via Twitter)

Here’s a little storm damage video from Starkville, Miss:

(Photo Courtesy StarkvilleDaily via Twitter)

Severe weather is still possible today, but the main threat looks to hail and or some high winds across parts of the southeast along the leading edge of the cool front sliding east. The other big storm today is going to be the heavy rain potential through the Eastern Great Lakes and the New England states. See the Flood watches and warnings in the 2nd image below

Snowy Minnesota

The same storm system that produced severe weather in the deep south yesterday was responsible for a swath of 6″ to 10″ of snow across parts of Minnesota. Strong, cold winds on the back side of the area of low pressure is creating reports of 1′ to nearly 2′ snow drifts in spots and close to white out conditions as seen by the picture below from Fergus Falls, MN

(Photo Courtesy Mike Hanna via Facebook)

Low temperatures tonight will get the attention of those living in the High Plains/Upper Mississippi Valley. Actual air temperatures are listed in the graphic below, but keep in mind that winds are still going to be gusty, which means wind chill factors are going to be in place. You can take around 10° almost 20° off of the temperatures listed below to get the wind chill values tomorrow morning… BRR! Bundle up!!

Image of the Day

The image of the day comes from a NASA satellite hovering nearly 23,000 miles above the Earth’s surface over the Great Lakes region. Note the Great Lakes being covered up by clouds and jet contrails. Also note the lack of ‘winter’ over the region… Bare ground shows up over most of the northern Ohio Valley

Probability of a White Christmas

Is is too early to drag this map out yet? (It’s never too early according to one of my colleges) If you’re wondering when or if snow will ever fall in your neck of the woods this season – have a look at the map below to see your probability of having at least 1″ of snow on the ground by December 25th.

Well, that’s all for now! Thanks for checking in – have a wonderful Tuesday!

Meteorologist Todd Nelson – WeatherNation LLC

Post Turkey – Still Active Weatherwise

Hello and happy Monday everyone, hope you’re recovering well post turkey-coma. I, unfortunately, came down with the flu bug on Thanksgiving, so I was out of commission this year. Under the weather will all the flu-like symptoms and a 103 temperature… UGH. I hope everyone else out there is happy and healthy and enjoying the weather where you are.

Wintry Weather Weather Video

This is a nice weather video from the Cascade Mountains in the Pacific Northwest from yesterday. This is the same storm that will cause some problems through the middle part of the country through the early half of the week. See the entire video HERE:

(Video Courtesy Youtube User viralmedia)

Weather Headlines

Winter weather continues across the northern tier of the nation from the Rockies to the western Great Lakes. Another wintry blast will affect these regions through late Tuesday or early Wednesday. If your travel plans take you through these locations (under the winter weather headlines) pay close attention to your local forecast for possible travel delays and problems.

This dynamic system is tapping into a tight temperature contrast from north to south and a fairly significant jet streak or strong winds aloft. This should allow sufficient lift and instability in the atmosphere for some strong to severe storms in the Lower Mississippi Valley later today into the evening hours.

Image of the Day

This is a neat shot from one of NASA’s satellites floating nearly 23,000 miles above the earth’s surface over Alaska. It captured a dust storm earlier this month! See the full story HERE:

That’s a quick look at the weather around the nation today. Happy Cyber Monday!! Stop back again soon, won’t you?!

Meteorologist Todd Nelson – WeatherNation LLC

Winter Storm in the UK

An usually strong and early winter storm has been moving through the United Kingdom for the past couple of days.   Some of the hardest hit areas are Northeast England and Northern Scotland.  Here are some images from the snow so far…

Check out this image of Grand Central Station in Glasgow, Scotland.

Not only have there been several inches of snow so far but it has also been very chilly.  Up to 14 inches of snow has already fallen in portions of England and Scotland.  And if that wasn’t enough to contend with, there have also been record cold temperatures.  Llysdinam, England recorded a temperature of -17.3C.  This is this principality’s lowest temperature ever recorded in November. It also makes this month the coldest in the UK since 1985.  It has been a difficult morning as people are are struggling to get out.  There have been over 4,500 car breakdowns reported so far this morning and that number will rise as people return to work tomorrow.  Here is a video about how this system developed:

Homeward Bound

After visiting family and friends for the Thanksgiving holiday, many folks are now returning home.  I found some interesting statistics about holiday travel from the website of the Bureau of Transportation.  Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, long distance travel increases by 54%.  (Long distance travel is defined as traveling 50 miles or more in one direction).  Over Christmas and New Years, long distance travel only increases by 23%.  For Thanksgiving travel, 91% of the travelers use a car to get to their destination.  When car travel is taken into account, then Thanksgiving Day is actually the more popular travel day.  For those people that are traveling between 50-99 miles, more of them return on Saturday than on Sunday.  So for all of those 50-99 mile travelers, here is a look at what you can expect as you make your home from your holiday destination today:

Lake Effect Snow in the Northeast

Snow continues in the New York and Pennsylvania.  Expect up to 6 additional inches throughout the rest of the day today.  Lake Effect Snow Warnings will be in place until this evening.  Visibilities will be limited as winds pick up this afternoon. Further east along the coast, it will be remain sunny but windy this afternoon.

Great Driving Weather in the Midwest and the South

Very quiet weekend in the Central US.  High pressure dominating the region.  Clear skies stretching from Minnesota all the way south to Texas today.  Wear your sunglasses when you are driving in this region today.  Bright sun reflecting off white snow can be uncomfortable when driving for long distances.  Similar situation on Sunday.  Another sunny day – even warmer than today.

More Snow for the Northwest

It has been one storm right after another for the Pacific Northwest these past few weeks.  Today its more of the same.  An area of low pressure set up shop off the coast and is pumping moisture pumping moisture into the region.  This morning the trouble spot is in the Columbia River Gorge.  Temperatures dipped below freezing and rain changed over to freezing rain and sleet.  In my opinion, this is the worst kind of winter driving conditions.  Air temperature will rise above freezing this afternoon so precipitation will change back to just rain.  Snow will continue to move east and into the Rockies on Sunday.  Possible delays at the airport in Salt Lake City for flyers returning home tomorrow.

Black Friday Slick Deals AND Roads

Sure hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving, and have recovered after a hearty meal with family and friends! Now it’s time to get out to walk off that meal today, or hit area shopping centers for some big Black Friday deals. Residents in the central U.S. who lined up overnight at their favorite stores dressed in layers to brave the coldest air yet this season. Highs are forecast to stay WELL below normal from Minnesota to Texas. The same storm system that pulled an arctic blast southward brought tornadoes to southern Missouri on Wednesday, and southern Louisiana Thursday(20 homes damaged in Acadia Parish, LA.) Rain gauges were overflowing in parts of Illinois, Missouri and Indiana, with 3 to 6-inches of rain! Record rain also fell across the Ohio Valley, with 24-hour rainfall records for November 25th in Evansville, IN(2.99″,) Cincinnati, OH(2.62″,) Louisville, KY(2.19″.) Some of the first flakes of the season greeted black Friday shoppers in Kentucky and Tennessee. Winter Weather Advisories may slow travelers in New England, and Lake Effect Snow Warnings are in effect for several inches of snow downwind of Lake Erie and Lake Huron. Meanwhile, if home is the Pacific Northwest, you’ll run into more heavy mountain snow from Montana and Idaho, into Washington, Oregon and California. Look for possible days in Seattle and Spokane, possibly into Portland today as well. Morning rain in Atlanta may slow things a bit at the World’s busiest airport early. Check with your airline no matter where you’re flying today, and keep an eye on road conditions too.

Last weekend, we discussed preparing your car for the upcoming winter season. Since parts of the nation are seeing their first snow of the season, I thought it might be appropriate to discuss how to handle your car on slick roads. Before leaving for your destination, double check your winter survival kit, make sure your cell phone is fully charged, and clean any snow from headlights, brake lights, and all windows/mirrors. Let someone at your final stop know what time you are leaving, and give yourself plenty of time to get there safely. Turn on headlights, and check that your gas tank is full. As you’re driving along, SLOW DOWN and keep even more distance between you and others. Stay at least 15 car lengths (200 feet) back from plows, and don’t pass them on the right. If someone behind you is a little too close, pull over and allow them to go around. Watch for changing conditions on the road, and be aware of black ice. Black ice is nearly invisible and can develop with the slightest of precipitation, or when the exhaust of cars freezes on surfaces such as roadways and sidewalks. For a thorough definition of black ice, check out Wikipedia: A hazard similar to black ice is something called Wheel Track Glazing. This occurs when warmth from traveling car tires traps ground level blowing snow, and as more cars travel over the same area, a thin glazing develops.

Notice any changes in the way your car handles over certain road conditions. If you feel even a slight loss of control, avoid sudden braking and sharp turns of the steering wheel. Reduce your speed by letting up on the accelerator. This holds true at corners too. If you need to brake, do so slowly and with plenty of distance before the intersection or stop sign. Don’t pump anti-lock brakes! If you skid, release the brake and turn the steering wheel in the direction of the skid. If the back wheels fishtail right, turn the steering wheel to the right. It counteracts the motion of the skid and should stop the spin. Finally, no matter the weather, NEVER swerve for deer as they dart across the road. Swerving could cause you to flip, end up in the ditch, or even hit other cars around you.

Until next time-

Meteorologist Bryan Karrick, WeatherNation LLC

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