Saturday, December 3, 2011

National Weather Headlines For Saturday December 3rd

Snow Pictures
Look closely, this picture is not from around here... This is from a good friend of mine, Rich Koivisto, who lives in Bullhead City, Arizona. He took a run up to the Las Vegas, NV airport and snapped these pictures south of Sin City. Thanks Rich for the picture, keep up the good work!

     I had the pleasure of spending time with my late father's mom yesterday. I can't say enough good things about my grandmother, who's age shall remain unsaid, every good grandson knows not to reveal that information! She is a spry and seemingly young lady who doesn't look a day over 60. Since I can remember, I have been making Christmas cookies with her and have now continued the tradition with my two amazing boys.
     The holiday spirit may be running a little higher today across the southeastern part of the state with some wintry weather. The storm track will take most the plowable snow across the southeastern tip of the state, perhaps bringing a little more of the holiday cheer that way. With that said, Christmas is only a few short weeks away and some may be wondering if in fact it will be white. Last year on today's date, we picked up 5.1" of snow and ended up having 19" of snow on the ground on the 25th. A white Christmas is one that has at least an inch of snow on the ground, which occurs nearly 3 out of every 4 years. Today's light snow should help bring us closer to that reality, but one thing is for sure, it will sure feel like winter next week!

More on the Southwest Winds
This is a pretty amazing water vapor satellite over the southwest, note the incredibly dry air (yellow & orange colors). This was in response to the extremely strong and dry winds blowing from California earlier this week.
“An AWIPS image of 1-km resolution MODIS 6.7 ┬Ám water vapor channel data (below) provided a more detailed view of the pocket of middle tropospheric dry air at 21:20 UTC on 30 November 2011. Note the intricate wave structure seen on the image, a result of the strong winds interacting with the terrain of the region.”

MODIS Satellite
This is a visible satellite image of the dust blowing out into the Pacific Ocean thanks to the strong winds:
  A Wild Lake Tahoe Weather Picture
Flavia Sordelet gave us permission to use her photo. This is pretty wild for the lake. It’s usually very tame!

Video of High Wind aftermath near SLC
Some of these images are amazing... take a look HERE: 

High Wind aftermath from Pasadena California
This is pretty crazy... can't believe how much damage there was from this Santa Ana wind event.

Local Plowable Snow Event
A plowable snow event is still in the works for those in southeast MN. A classic "Texas Hook" storm closes in on the Upper Midwest with the heaviest snow falling its northwest flank. The closer the low track is to La Crosse, WI the closer the heaviest snow (typically) is to the Twin Cities. Note how the low is tracking a little farther southeast of La Crosse, which will keep the heaviest snow southeast of the Twin Cities.

Active Wintry Weather Headlines
This was the watches and warnings map from Friday evening, which all the winter storm watches will be upgraded through Saturday. However, note how narrow the winter storm watches are, this is going to reflect where the narrow band of heavier snow will likely occur.

 Snowfall Accumulation Maps
I'm still agreeing with what the weather models have been saying for a couple of days now, with the heaviest staying southeast of the Twin Cities