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Tale of Two Seasons

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Hello and happy Tuesday everyone, hope all is well! It’s a tale of two seasons across the nation today where the eastern half is dealing with record high temperatures and springtime storms, while the west is much colder with snow in the higher elevations.

High Temps Today

Highs From Normal Today

Temps are running at mid June levels east of the Mississippi River Valley. These areas will likely see more record highs again today.

National Precipitation Forecast

The tight temperature gradient setting up through the middle part of the country will also help to squeeze out copious amounts of moisture along with a marginal severe threat.

Heavy Rain Still in the Forecast

According to some of the Mesonet sites, there have been reports of 3″ to 6″ from Oklahoma to Texas and still more to come!

Flash Flooding

Here are the latest flooding headlines from the National Weather Service, read more HERE:

5 Day Precipitation Forecast

The 5 day HPC QPF forecast is still showing an additional 3″ to 6″ (Isolated 7″+) in the middle part of the country… We could literally go from drought to deluge! Also note the Northwest, where several inches of precipitation could fall through AM Sunday. Some of this will fall in the form of snow in the Cascades. 12″+ of snow will be possible there through the end of the week!

Winter Storm in the Northwest

USDA revamps plant hardiness map

For the first time since 1990, the USDA has revamped the zones in its Plant Hardiness Map. While this is big news for America’s 80 million gardeners, it’s also important for farmers. USDA’s Risk Management Agency uses the zone designations to set some crop insurance standards, and scientists use the plant hardiness zones as a data layer in many research models such as modeling the spread of exotic weeds and insects.

See the full story HERE from www.agriculture.com

See the interactive zone map HERE:

Frosty Start at Kitt Peak

This is a nice looking shot from Kitt Peak in Arizona

See the webcam HERE:

Have a great rest of you week

-Meteorologist Todd Nelson-

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