to Aaron Weidner for the image below from the North Shore of Lake
Superior. He managed to snap this picture from Grand Superior Lodge on
Lake Superior Ice Coverage
picture above from near near Two Harbors, MN shows a little open water
near the shore, but according to the Great Lakes Environmental Research
Laboratory suggests that Lake Superior was still 94.2% ice coverage as
of Friday, March 14th.
Great Lakes Ice Coverage Update
to the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, the Great Lakes
Ice Coverage was was still at 85.6% as of Thursday, March 13th. this is
down from it's peak of 92.2% last Saturday, March 8th. The record Great
Lakes ice coverage occurred in 1979 at 94.7%.
March Temperature Anomaly
Winter was one of the coldest winters on record for a number of states
in the Midwest. Interestingly, temperatures through the first half of
March have been trending cold for some of the same areas.
in a cold rut... UGH! Take a look at the 8 to 14 day temperature
outlook. Note that the northern half of the U.S. looks to stay cooler
than average for the last week of the Month.
Developing Storm System
developing storm system across the southern portion of the country will
intensify through early next week to bring thunderstorms and wintry
precipitation from Texas into the Northeast. Keep in mind that some of
the thunderstorms could be a little on the strong to severe side, while
some of the wintry precipitation could be problematic for travelers.
Severe Threat Saturday
Storm Prediction Center has issued a SLIGHT RISK of severe weather for
parts of the Southern Plains, including the northeastern part of Texas
for Saturday. The primary threat with an thunderstorm activity would be
hail and high winds, but an isolated tornado can't be ruled out.
a preview of what the radar could look like into Saturday evening/early
Sunday morning as a line of thunderstorms develops over eastern Texas
and pushes east into the Lower Mississippi Valley. Note also that
heading into early Sunday morning, there appears to be some decent
wintry precipitation developing along the northern periphery of the
storm! This is going to be something to watch!
Severe Potential in Texas
Here's a 'Graphicast' from the National Weather Service out of Dallas/Ft. Worth.
A spring-like storm system will bring a round of rain and thunderstorms
to North and Central Texas tomorrow, mainly during the afternoon and
evening hours. Some storms will be strong to severe, especially for the
red shaded area where the atmosphere will become more unstable. The main
severe threats tomorrow are large hail and damaging winds, but there is
some potential for an isolated tornado. Rain coverage will be highest
across the northern and eastern areas where average rain amounts will be
near a half inch to 1 inch. Rain amounts will be more spotty as you
head southwest as the coverage of storms becomes more scattered, but
again, the storms in this area will be more intense.
See more from the NWS Dallas/Ft. Worth HERE:
the NOAA 3 day precipitation outlook through PM Monday. Note the
heavier precipitation potential across the Gulf Coast States. This
heavier precipitation potential will be aided by thunderstorm activity,
which again could be strong to severe in spots.
to NOAA's WPC, the probability of at least 2" of snow or more is quite
high from the Middle Mississippi Valley to the Mid-Atlantic states
through early next week.
Snow Storm Potential
to NOAA's WPC, the probability of at least 8" of snow or more is still
fairly high through early next week. Note the probability of at least 8"
of snow or more is greatest near the D.C. area! Stay tuned for more!
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