12.26.10

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow (Or Not…)

Posted in Weather News, Winter Weather at 12:58 pm by Rebekah

The East Coast is currently in the throes of a major snowstorm. Some parts of northern Alabama recorded their first White Christmas in recorded history yesterday (Atlanta had their first in over 100 years) and Philadelphia is expecting nearly a foot of snow within the next 48 hours (see The Weather Channel snow forecasts), leading the NFL to postpone the Vikings-Eagles game tonight.

In the meantime, much of the rest of the U.S. had a White Christmas as well. According to a snow depth map from WSI (see below), the only states in the contiguous U.S. that did not have any recorded snow on the ground were Texas, Louisiana, and Florida.

Looking ahead, the next major weather-maker remains a digging trough on New Year’s Eve into New Year’s Day. There is a possibility for some severe storms and winter storms with this system.

Upper-air (500mb) map from HOOT, forecast valid for 12Z December 31st (morning of New Year’s Eve):

Surface map for the same time:

Stay tuned!

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12.25.10

Merry Christmas!

Posted in Storm Chasing at 3:55 pm by Rebekah

I made it into the local newspaper today…check it out!

Be sure to look at the gallery, too, as there’s an additional photo.

Ex-Ellensburg resident chasing her dreams

Merry Christmas everyone!  🙂

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12.24.10

Christmas Eve

Posted in Weather News, Winter Weather at 6:56 pm by Rebekah

Back in Ellensburg for the week, and once again we’ll be enjoying a White Christmas tomorrow! There is nearly a foot of snow on the ground, and there is a chance for more to fall before tomorrow night. In fact, I don’t remember the last time I had a Christmas where there wasn’t at least some patches of snow on the ground.

Here’s The Weather Channel‘s forecast for the chances of a White Christmas across the U.S.:

While the East Coast may not get much of a White Christmas this year, there is a chance for a decent winter storm from the Carolinas to New England on Sunday and Monday.

As to what other weather we may get in the near future, I leave you with these 500mb and surface model forecasts (from the GFS, from OU HOOT) for New Year’s Day morning:

Merry Christmas!

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12.11.10

Midwest Blizzard

Posted in Weather News, Winter Weather at 1:49 pm by Rebekah

Here’s the latest map of surface observations in the Midwest (click to enlarge), from UCAR.

For those of you who don’t know what you’re looking at, the big dots mark weather station locations, the lines going into the dots show wind direction (while the lines coming off those lines show wind speed), the red numbers are temperature, the green numbers are dewpoint, and the symbols show the weather type (e.g., snow in asterisks, rain in dots).

Note how the winds are swirling counter-clockwise around northern Iowa. This marks the location of the surface low. Note also how there is a lot of snow falling in northern Iowa and southern Minnesota!

A blizzard is defined as blowing snow (doesn’t have to be falling) with winds of at least 35 mph and visibility of less than 1/4 mile for at least 3 hours. The strongest winds around a low-pressure system are typically on the northwest side, hence why the worst of this blizzard may actually be once the low has moved farther east.

Weather Channel surface map:

NWS Des Moines weather forecast:

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12.03.10

Christmas Sales

Posted in General News at 3:04 pm by Rebekah

Everything in the marketplace is now on sale through at least 11:59 pm CST on December 26th.

  • All prints 20% off
  • 2010 DVD $5 off (now only $20)
  • T-Shirt $5 off (now only $20)
  • 2011 Calendar $10 off (now only $15 until I run out of stock)
  • ALSO…for those who want a DVD AND calendar, I’m running a special combo deal (look under the DVD purchase options)…$30 for both ($37 international)

Shipping is included for all items.

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In other news, the semester is almost over…so I will soon have some much needed time to spend working on web improvements (including new chase logs and photos) and to post more frequently on the blog. It’s been a pretty crazy semester, and I’m looking forward to getting some time off!  🙂

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