to @MurrellsInletPh for the amazing picture below out of Murrells
Inlet, SC! Looks like the birds were up chirping away on a bright
another great picture from @JMurdock09 from Chesapeake, OH. Note the
two bright reflections on either side of the sun. Those are called
Sundogs and form very similarly to that of a halo as sunlight is being
reflected by plate-like ice crystals high in the atmosphere.
the Halo I spoke of in the picture above. Thanks to Al Ensley out of
Lynchburg, VA for this picture. There's an adage that states: "Ring
around the moon or sun, then rain or snow will surely come."
Explore the meaning behind this nifty little saying from Meteorologist Jeff Haby HERE:
Tornadoes Earlier This Week
an interesting picture from Belhaven, NC from earlier this week. Thanks
to @BryanYoungstar... sad to see the damage here, but thankfully nobody
lost their life! Other than a few injuries and some damage, this
particular tornado didn't go on to claim any lives!
particular tornado was confirmed as an EF2 tornado by NWS employees
with a maximum wind speed of 130mph. Interestingly, the NWS also found
EF1 tornado damage in Spalding county, GA.
Here is more information from the eastern North Carolina tornado:
Here is more information from the Atlanta flooding and tornado event from April 7th & 8th
2014 Tornado Count
updated look at the 2014 PRELIMINARY tornado count from NOAA's SPC
across the nation is up to 100 reports as of April 8th. Keep in mind
that the 2005-2013 average is nearly 300, so we are almost 1/3 of what
we typically see by now.
a more detailed look at the tornado reports since 2005. Note that 2010
was the only other year (thru April 8th) that had seen less tornado
reports than what we've seen this year.
More Tornado Stats
we have not yet seen an EF3 rated tornado this year, which is the
latest we ever gone without seen this strong of a tornado (since 1950)!
The previous latest EF3 tornado didn't occur until late March of 2002.
Quiet Severe Weather Season So Far...
has it been so quiet this season so far? One of the main reasons is
become of the nearly persistent trough of cooler than normal
temperatures in the eastern two-thirds of the nation. The image below
shows the temperature anomaly or temperature difference for
meteorological winter (December-February).
2014 remained cool in the eastern part of the country, but the early
part of April warmed a bit and we actually saw a slight increase in the
severe weather over the past few days. However, the image below still
suggests that the Midwest/Great Lakes and Northeast are running below
average temperatures so far this April.
Great Lakes Ice Coverage
to the persistent cooler than average weather, the Great Lakes Ice
Coverage is still running a bit high. Note that as of Tuesday, April
8th, nearly 55% of the Great Lakes were covered in ice!
Snow Coverage Update
running cooler than average in spots across the nation, we don't have
quite as much snow cover as we did last year at this time. As of
Wednesday, April 9th, nearly 29% of the nation was covered in snow.
Last year at this time, nearly 38% of the nation was snow covered.
8 to 14 Day Temperature Outlook
to NOAA's CPC, the 8 to 14 day temperature outlook (April 16-22) shows
that the eastern part of the country will once again be below average,
while the western third of the nation has a good chance of remaining
highs were running nearly 10F to 25F above average from the Southwest
to the Midwest, however temperatures will take a nosedive into early
next week as the jet stream takes another dip south of the border.
Wednesday's Highs From Normal
Thursday's Highs From Normal
Next Tuesday's Highs
Highs Next Tuesday From Normal
Mostly Quiet End of Week
a very active start to the week, weather conditions have quieted down a
bit. The weather outlook through Friday morning shows a clipper
dropping through the Midwest and that's about it. At this point, there
are no major storms expected to be moving through the middle part of the
country through the rest of the week!
to NOAA's HPC, the 3 day precipitation outlook looks somewhat quiet
nationally except for areas of light to moderate rain across the
northern tier of the nation as our clipper system drags its heels
through the Midwest. Rain and thunder could promote some heavier
downpours later this week in parts of the Ohio Valley/Northeast as the
front stalls out a bit.
that the precipitation potential looks to increase more dramatically
across the middle part of the country as we head into the weekend.
NOAA's HPC precipitation forecast from AM Saturday to AM Monday looks a
little more substantial from the Great Lakes to the Ohio Valley as
another storm system develops... Stay tuned!
Easter Week Storm?
week leading up to Easter Sunday could be a little more interesting. A
storm system looks to develop over the weekend/early next week. Keep in
mind that there could be enough cold air on the northern side of this
from some snow, but there could also be some severe weather on it's
south/southeastern flank. It appears to be shaping up as another classic
spring storm... stay tuned for more details.
Thanks for checking in and have a great rest of your week. Don't forget to follow me on Twitter @TNelsonWNTV