DirecTV and WeatherNation Enhance Coverage with 'Local Weather Now' Instant Access and a New Severe Weather Mix to be Activated During Major Weather Events EL SEGUNDO, Calif., and DENVER, Colo., Feb. 10, 2014 – DIRECTV and WeatherNation today announced a slate of new weather services including “Local Weather Now,” a feature that allows customers to access local weather anytime and the first-ever Severe Weather Mix which will provide six channels of interactive weather coverage on one screen during major weather events.Local Weather Now, a new feature developed in partnership with WeatherNation, offers two ways to access customi...
Much Needed Rain for California
As a potent storm system approaches the coast of California, wet weather will spread across the state. Rain and snow fall totals will be impressive as this will be one the strongest storms to impact the region since 2010. The moisture is much need but when it is presented all at once, problems arise. Flooding, flashing flooding, mudslides, heavy snow, slick roadways, and thunderstorms are just some of the concerns for the region throughout the next few days.
Here is the setup as the low approaches the coast:
All this rain will be a soggy forecast for the Oscars as well.
Picture From: http://www.thewrap.com/rain-oscar-sunday-slight-chance-soggy-weekend-will-spill-onto-red-carpet/
Projected rainfall throughout the next 5 days shown in the map below. Widespread totals of 2-3 inches near the coasts of Southern California with localized areas picking up 6 to 8 inches.
Some of these storms could be capable of producing severe weather including isolated tornadoes, hail, and high wind gusts as outlined in the yellow shaded area.
From the National Weather Service in Los Angeles: “A strong storm system moving into the region will bring heavy rain, gusty wind, possible thunderstorms and waterspouts, and high elevation snow through late Saturday. Up to two inches of rain fell in many areas through daybreak this morning and storm totals of 2-4 inches across the coasts and valleys to 4-8 inches in the foothills and mountains are expected. Locally higher amounts up to 10 inches will be possible in favored upslope areas. Additionally, there will be the chance of thunderstorms which could produce brief and intense rainfall, gusty winds, small hail and even the possibility of weak tornadoes. Snow levels will start out rather high but will drop to around 5500 feet tonight and Saturday morning. Total snowfall of up to a foot down to 5500 feet and one to three feet is possible above 7000 feet and strong southerly winds will produce winter storm conditions in the local mountains. Communities in and around recent wildfires, especially the Colby, Madison, Powerhouse, Madre, and Springs burn areas, will need to be alert for heavy and intense rainfall which could produce flash flooding with mud and debris flows.”
Happy Friday – Check out the forecast for the rest of country.
Forecast Highs for Tomorrow (First day of Meteorological Spring! – But not a very spring like forecast.)
Meteorologist Gretchen Mishek
KY3 Partners with WeatherNation to Provide Innovative, Accurate, 24/7 Weather Reporting to TV Viewers in the Ozarks
Springfield, Mo., – Feb. 28, 2014 – KY3 in Springfield, Mo., announced today its partnership with WeatherNation TV, Inc. to broadcast around-the-clock weather coverage on “KY3 24/7,” serving southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas on digital TV channel 3.2, and on Mediacom Cable channel 112 in Springfield.
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One round of wet weather has already swept through California, but another blast of Pacific moisture could trigger significant flooding across the region.
24 Hour Rainfall. Isolated pockets of 3″ of rain could be found along the coast after the first wave of showers came through. Bakersfield stayed generally dry, while Los Angeles picked up just under 1″ of rain at the airport.
Travel Concerns. Roads were wet late Wednesday night, leading to numerous crashes across Los Angeles County. The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports on the road conditions and recent rain:
“The California Highway Patrol logged 77 crashes in the areas of Los Angeles County it covers from 10 p.m. Wednesday to 2 a.m. Thursday. In Pasadena, collisions involving big rigs affected both sides of the 210 Freeway. Three separate collisions occurred around 11:35 p.m. Wednesday on the eastbound 210 Freeway past Lincoln Avenue. Lanes were closed for about five hours . . .”
Continued Rain. This next batch of wet weather could push 4″ into southern California by Saturday night. Numerous areas are on the lookout for flash flooding as the ground won’t be able to soak in this large amount of rain in a short amount of time. [Image courtesy WeatherBell.com]
Flash Flood Potential. This forecast map shows the flash flood guidance for one hour worth of rain. If Los Angeles picks up between 0.5″-1.0″ in just one hour, flash flooding will become an issue. This is quite likely as some stronger bands of rain & thunderstorms develop along the warm front as it pushes onshore.
[Image: Mark and Barbara Albanese fill sand bags to protect their home from the possible flooding ahead of an expected rain storm in Azusa, Calif. on Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 via Nick UT/Associated Press]
Residents near burn scars are filling sandbags in an attempt to keep the debris flow out of their homes. Via the Associated Press: “Residents located near burn areas should be alert for the potential of mud and debris flows Friday through Saturday . . .” Read more: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CALIFORNIA_STORMS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT
We’ll have continued updates on this story as the rain kicks back up again late Thursday night. Thanks for stopping by! -Meteorologist Miranda Hilgers (@mhilgersWNTV)
Record Territory. Back in 1963 the Twin Cities endured 23 days worth of hours below zero. We just passed 20 days worth of negative numbers (over 480 hours below zero), according to Daryl Herzmann at the Iowa Environmental Mesonet. Good grief. Make it stop.
Percentage Of Time Below Freezing Since December 1. I was feeling pretty blue about the Twin Cities being colder than 32F for over 90% of the time since December 1, the start of Meteorological Winter. And then I saw Grand Forks coming in at 99%. Thanks to Iowa Environmental Mesonet for cheering us up.
National Percentage of Time Below 32F Since December 1. Not much of a break from the Upper Mississippi Valley and Great Lakes into much of New England. Details here.
84 Hour Snowfall Prediction. Here is NOAA’s NAM snowfall prediction into Saturday night, showing potentially plowable amounts of snow from the Midwest into the Great Lakes, and portions of the northern Rockes and Cascade Range of Washington State. Map: Ham Weather.
If you can believe it, it’s actually raining in California right now! Here’s the proof from earlier today near the San Francisco Bay area.
Here’s another shot from the Bay Area. In this particular view, Alcatraz is typically seen on the left, while San Francisco is seen on the right. Both could barely be seen through the rain earlier Wednesday.
How Much Precipitation?
According to NOAA HPC 7 day precipitation forecast, there is a good chance of at least 3″ to 6″ or more total precipitation in many areas across California. One of the big threats with rain event will be the flooding issues. Flash flood guidance suggests only 0.50″ to 1.5″ of rain is needed in an hours time to produce flash flooding. Keep in mind that the ground is so dry in these areas that it is like concrete, so most of the moisture will be runoff.
This is the latest update from the U.S. Drought Monitor regarding the drought situation across California. Note the widespread EXTREME to EXCEPTIONAL drought conditions across much of the state. Interestingly, only 24% of the state was considered to be in a SEVERE DROUGHT last year at this time, while now, nearly 90% of the state is under this classification.
Why is Moisture so Important in California??
Did you know how much our our nation’s food comes from California? Here’s an interesting post from the National Weather Service out of Hanford, CA:
This graphic puts potential #cadrought agricultural impacts in a national perspective. #cawx pic.twitter.com/WiPHdyd1ae
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