Sunday, March 30, 2014

WNTV Blog: Another 'Springy' Storm with Rain and Heavy Snow

Active Weekend in the Northeast
This is what a months worth of rain looks like in less than 24 hours. Thanks to @jacobdog97 for the picture below out of Westerly, RI.

Heavy Northeast Snow
While some folks were dealing with heavy rain, others were dealing with heavy snow. Take a look at this picture from Rochester, NY! Thanks to Donny Rodgers who said that there was no snow on Saturday and then this on Sunday!

Sunday Temperatures
It was nice to see temperatures in the middle part of the country showing more spring-like signs again. The image below was the temperature outlook at 4pm CDT Sunday and note how far north the 60s and 70s were!

Winter 2013-2014 Perspective
Sunday temperatures across parts of the Midwest were some of the warmest readings we've seen since late last year. The 2013-2014 winter was quite a bit colder than average from Canada to the eastern two-thirds of the nation, but NOAA sheds light on how our cold winter compared to the entire globe.

See more from NASA's Earth Observatory HERE:

"For many residents of North America, the winter of 2013-14 has felt like one of the coldest in many years. Waves of Arctic air brought extended periods of cold weather and above-average snowfall to the middle and eastern portions of the United States and Canada. Seven Midwestern states had one of their top-ten coldest winters, and the Great Lakes were chilled until they reached nearly 91 percent ice cover. Even portions of Mexico and Central America were cooler than normal.

But human memory is not a scientific measure, and long-term perspective tends to get lost in everyday conversation and news coverage. The winter of 2013-14 followed two winters that were significantly warmer than the norm, which likely made this season feel worse than it was. Researchers at the U.S. National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) reported that the average temperature of the contiguous U.S. for the winter was just 0.4° Celsius (31.3° Fahrenheit), about 1°F below average."

"The map below puts the North American winter in wider context. On a global scale, land temperatures for the December through February period were actually the tenth warmest in the modern record, according to NCDC, 0.87°C (1.57°F) above the 20th century average."

"Far eastern Asia, particularly China and eastern Russia, were significantly warmer than normal. In Europe, Austria and The Netherlands observed the second warmest winters in their records, and Switzerland its third warmest. With temperatures as much as 5°C above normal, spring crops and plants began sprouting several weeks early across much of Europe. And in the southern summer, the extended heat waves in Australia and Argentina stand out."

Recent Earthquakes
It seems as if there have been a string of earthquakes over the recent weeks and this weekend was another fairly active weekend. There were two quakes in the western part of the country; a 5.1 magnitude quake near Los Angeles, CA on Saturday and a 4.8 magnitude quake in Yellowstone National Park!

Weather Outlook
As our latest storm system exits the Northeast another storm system takes shape across the Midwest. The next storm in the Midwest will be responsible for heavy snow and blizzard conditions across the Dakotas and parts of Minnesota.

Precipitation Outlook

According to NOAA's HPC the 5 day precipitation forecast suggests heavier blobs of moisture across the western part of the country and again through the middle part of the country. The end of March/early part of April looks quite active across much of the nation, except for much of the Desert Southwest.

U.S. Snowfall Potential

Here's the snowfall potential from AM Sunday through PM Tuesday

Record Wet March in Seattle, WA
Despite the very nice picture below from my good friend Aaron Theis out of Seattle, WA last Monday, March 24th, Seattle has seen it's wettest March in recorded history!

Take a look at some of the stats below from the National Weather Service out of Seattle, WA

(Image below courtesy: Aaron Theis)

Thanks for checking in and have a great week ahead! Don't forget to follow me on Twitter @TNelsonWNTV