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2010 Out With A Bang

2010 is going out with quite a bang across the nation, with heavy snow and blizzard conditions in the Northern Plains, and severe weather across the mid and lower Mississippi River valley. More on the blizzard and arctic chill coming up, but we want to touch on a developing situation in the severe weather department. Thunderstorms packing damaging wind and hail have  already been cranking since before sunrise. A confirmed tornado touchdown in the small town of Cincinnati, Arkansas produced hefty damage. Unfortunately, at least three lives were also lost in the Cincinnati storm. Emergency personnel on the base of Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri are reporting structural damage and injuries after a tornado touchdown. Reports of multiple homes destroyed and cars tossed like toys are just now coming across the wire near Rolla, Missouri. The severe weather threat will continue through the afternoon across this same region, then extend into the Ohio & Tennessee Valley down toward the deep south overnight into very early tomorrow morning. Large hail, damaging wind and isolated tornadoes exist as cold, dry air slams into a very warm, moist atmosphere ahead of a cold front in the central U.S.

Meanwhile, Interstate 94 from Alexandria, Minnesota to the North Dakota border remains closed indefinitely, as another round of heavy snow and blizzard conditions envelope the area later this afternoon and tonight. A 100 car pile-up on I-94 near Fargo was as result of near zero visibility yesterday, and travel is already being discouraged in the eastern Dakotas and western Minnesota as the second in a 1-2 punch moves into the area. A swath of 1 to possibly 2-feet of snow is in the forecast across the blizzard warned area, with wind gusts over 45 mph possible. Along the leading edge of the main low pulling into the Northern Plains, a push of warm air will ride up and over a much colder airmass at the surface, producing freezing rain and sleet in northwest Missouri, Iowa, parts of Minnesota(including the Twin Cities,) and into Wisconsin. Icy roads were to blame in a multi-car accident that shut down Interstate 235 through Des Moines this morning.

So why such wild weather across the mid section of the nation? A clash of the airmasses is underway, with very warm air surging north into the central U.S. on a south wind. Arctic air being wrapped into a deep, potent area of low pressure is slamming into this warm air, lifting it rapidly and helping to fuel intense thunderstorms. Current temperatures run the gamut, with 60s and 70s rapidly working into the south and central Plains, and single digits below zero across the Dakotas and Montana. Eventually, the colder air will win out, but until the battle is resolved, wild weather will be had for a large part of the central U.S. Stay tuned and we ring in the New Year with quite an extreme nationwide!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Meteorologist Bryan Karrick, WeatherNation LLC

2010… Out Like a Lion

Hello and happy Thursday everyone.

More Wintry Weather

The wintry weather forecast calls for a little bit of everything and a lot of some stuff. Heavy snow will come in two rounds over the next couple of days – the hardest hit areas look to be from eastern South Dakota through eastern North Dakota and into far northwestern Minnesota, including the Red River Valley. I wouldn’t be shocked to hear of some locations getting close to 18″ by the time the 2nd low barrels through early Saturday morning

Blizzard Conditions

A BLIZZARD is defined as a violent snowstorm with winds blowing at a minimum speed of 35mph and visibility of less than 1/4 mile for at least 3 hours. These conditions are being already for the 2nd time this week in different parts of the country from 2 different storm systems. The first one was earlier this week along the East Coast and the 2nd is now occurring through the Rockies and along the Front Range in southeastern Wyoming near Cheyenne.

Ishy Forecast

Yeah… That’s all I have to say about this one. Yuck – Rain on December 30th for the northern tier states usually doesn’t happen that often. Take Minneapolis, MN for example. This December, Minneapolis has seen 33.4″ of snow – making it the snowiest December on record, which records go back to the late 1800s. There was nearly 20″ of snow on the ground on Christmas Day and now there’s is light to moderate rain in the forecast for Thursday and perhaps for the early part of Friday. Isolated thunder may be as close to the Twin Cities as extreme southeastern Minnesota.

SPC Severe Thunderstorm Outlook

A general thunderstorm risk extends to southeastern Minnesota tomorrow and turns into a SLIGHT RISK over part of the Lower Mississippi Valley tomorrow.

High Resolution 4km Simulated Radar Reflectivity

This is a look at the depicted simulated radar reflectivity by late tomorrow afternoon & evening. Note the more intense looking ‘blobs’ over the eastern portions of Missouri and Arkansas. There is a potential of some hail, high winds and isolated tornadoes in these locations. Keep in mind that this is fairly unusual for this time of the year, but it is important to note that tornadoes CAN happen at any time of the year… day or night – make sure to pay attention to the weather tomorrow if you live in these locations for any potentially surprises that may pop up!

New Years Cold Blast

The most significant threat behind the system and just in time for New Years Eve and New Years Day is going to be the Arctic Blast and very cold wind chills. Track the Arctic chill below:

New Years Eve

New Years Day

Alright, that’s all for that ishy forecast – hope you’re not too confused…. I know I am :)

If we don’t talked to you before the New Year, enjoy the waning hours of 2010, we’ll see you around the bend.

Meteorologist Todd Nelson – WeatherNation LLC

Active Weather Continues Nationally

Hello and happy Wednesday everyone.

A Wintry Mess

The national winter watches and warning are pretty impressive as another Pacific storms rolls into the western half of the nation. Winter Storm Warnings have, literally, been posted from the international border of Canada to the international border of Mexico. Keep in mind, the higher elevations will likely get the brunt of this, with snow amount of 1ft. to 3ft. by the end of the week. – however, the lower elevations are quite out of the woods either. In fact, the valley floors in southeastern Arizona (including Tucson) may see some snow by Thursday evening!

Pattern Shift

I want to show you this graphic again because the next, most significant, impact after this monster low plows through the western and central part of the nation will be the extremely cold air in place around the New Years holiday – especially around the Upper Midwest and the Great Lakes region.

High Temps on New Years Eve

Cold air will begin to slam through the High Plains on Friday, but will be entrenched across the Intermountain West with high temperatures struggling to get out of the sub-zero range… YIKES!!!

High Temps on New Years Day

Cold air will shift east slightly by New Years day and moderate some, but gusty winds are going to be the issue here as the storm lifts northeast into Canada. High temperatures in the single digits with winds sustained in the 20mph to 30mph range will create dangerous wind chill values in the -10s to -20s range through much of the day… YIKES!!!

One of the main reasons for the active weather is partly due to the La Nina conditions that have developed in the equatorial region of the eastern Pacific – this tends to keep the jet stream very active across the nation and storms frequent as well. The latest La Nina forecast calls for it to continue through spring…

That’s all for now, thanks for checking in – we’ll have more tomorrow

Meteorologist Todd Nelson – WeatherNation LLC

Digging Out in the East – New Years Outlook

Hello and happy Tuesday everyone.

Digging Out in the East

From Paul Douglas’ weather column: “That’s Lee Huffman, our chief programmers, who is currently stranded in northern New Jersey – no flights back to MSP until late Wednesday at the earliest. At least the power is still on – and Lee’s family will have a Christmas memory for the ages.”

Finally Blizzard Tallies:

Rahway, NJ …… 32.0″

Bronx Zoo, NY …… 20.9″

Atlantic City, NJ …… 20.1″

Central Park, NYC …… 20.0″

Boston – Logan Airport, MA …… 18.2″

JFK Airport, NYC …… 15.6″

La Guardia Airport, NYC …… 14.0″

Philadelphia INTL Airport, PA …… 12.4″ (Sunday Night NFL Football Game postponed until Tuesday Night)

An entire list can be viewed HERE:

Neat New England Time Lapse

If you haven’t seen this yet, you HAVE to check it out HERE!

December 2010 Blizzard Timelapse. Canon DLSR on tripod with remote timer taking a photo once every five minutes.
Approximately 20 hours in 40 seconds.
More at Facebook: Mike Black Photography

Next Storm to Bring Rain, Freezing Rain, Sleet & Snow to the Upper Midwest

The next storm, or should I say storms is likely to bring two round of precipitation… The first coming in Wednesday – Thursday and the second coming through Thursday evening through early Saturday.

Minneapolis, MN Gets Hit Again?

Minneapolis, MN has already set a record for the snowiest December on record with 33.4″ of snow and more may be on the way through the end of the week.

Pattern Shift

The NEW storm, now sitting over the West Coast with heavy rain and heavy snow, is going to tug in another fresh batch of Arctic air just in time for New Years… The resulting cold dump will cause the jet stream to bubble north and allow some very mild weather to work north over the eastern third of the nation along with some scattered rain showers.

That’s all for now, thanks for checking in and come back again tomorrow, won’t you?

Meteorologist Todd Nelson – WeatherNation LLC

Northeast Blizzard

Hello and happy Monday everyone, I hope your holiday weekend went well. A large storm over southern California late last week, worked across the country this weekend and brought snow to the deep south including flurries to Florida on Sunday!! Craziness!!! The same storm is causing some major issues in the Northeast where many locations are getting another crippling snowfall with reports of up to 31.8 inches in Elizabeth, NJ. Below are some other notable snowfall reports from earlier Monday:

Central Park, NY …… 20″

Newark, NJ …… 24.2″

Brooklyn, NY …… 24″

Atlantic City, NJ …… 19″ (17.3″ on Sunday marking the snowiest December day in nearly 60 years)

Boston, MA …… 16.5″

There were reports of nearly 100,000 customers without power in the Northeast due to the heavy snow and wind gusts that topped nearly 70mph in Scituate, MA

Intense Low Pressure

The satellite image from nearly 23,000 miles above the Earth’s surface shows the tightly wound system over the New England states. The central pressure of the storm was measured at 963 millibars! The storm looks almost tropical storm-ish, yea?

Sunday Night Football Snowed Out

Interestingly, there was so much snow on Sunday through the Northeast and at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, that the Eagles vs. Vikings game was postponed until Tuesday. This is the first time since 1946 that an NFL football game has been played on a Tuesday… Those poor Vikings have now been displaced three weeks in a row due to weather. If you recall, the heavy snow event in Minneapolis, MN back in mid December was responsible for the collapse of the Metrodome roof, which forced the team to pack up and head to Detroit for a game, then to the Minnesota Golden Gophers venue (TCF Bank Stadium) the following week because the Metrodome was still not fixed. This week, a blizzard in the Northeast backed the Sunday Night Football game up to Tuesday…

Another Holiday Storm?

The next system that looks to impact the nation will start in the west over the next couple of days, but by New Years Eve and New Years Day, the system will situate itself over the Upper Midwest late this week with rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow. The deep south may have some isolated strong storms at some point this week, something to watch for.

We’ll keep an eye on it as we slide through the last few days of 2010… on our way to a bright and shiny new 2011. That’s all for now!

Meteorologist Todd Nelson – WeatherNation LLC

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