Friday, April 24, 2009

Spring Roller Coaster Rides Now Available

Rather you want it or not, your ticket to ride the spring roller coast weather ride might be already in hand!

A cold front is slicing through the west and Upper Midwest this morning.

Here in Denver the temperatures are hovering around 60 degrees this morning, but just over an hour north in Cheyenne, Wyoming, it is a raw morning with temperatures in the 30s.

Many locations will go from the 70s and 80s this week, down into the 40s and 50s for the weekend, and then right back toward the 70-degree mark heading into next week.

Montana for instance had some 70s and 80s earlier this week, and now many locations are seeing snow.

It's just par for the course this time of year and it keeps things interesting to say the least.

Over the next few days, if you live in the middle of the country, anticipate wet, and at times, stormy weather.

This is good news for Texas and Oklahoma, but too much moisture may be bad news for the water-logged water ways of the Upper Midwest.

We can't buy a drop of rain in the southeast, where wild fires have been causing a remarkable amount of destruction.

In Horry County, South Carolina, which is the vicinity of Myrtle Beach, a 20,000 acre fire has claimed 70 homes.

We just don't think about fires like this in a coastal community where water is usually so abundant.

The Bermuda High Pressure has migrated west and is keeping the coasts of Georgia, South Carolina and much of Florida very dry.

There are really no organized areas of precipitation in the future for this region looking out 5-10 days.

So let's keep our fingers crossed that the land-sea breeze interaction can be enough to stir up some local showers to help the situation out.

Severe storms rolled across the Atlanta metro area last night with a ton of hail and an intense light show featuring dozens of cloud-to-ground lightning strikes.

The winners this weekend for best weather in the nation will be those living in New England as temperatures climb into the 80s with sunny skies.

The most recent poll on the CoCoRaHS blog closed with a record number of votes. We had 171 responses!

The question was how many US States have you been to?

  • 0-10 states -- 14%
  • 11-20 states -- 22%
  • 21-30 states -- 15%
  • 31-40 states -- 17%
  • 41-49 states -- 27%
  • All 50 states -- 2%

    We've got some people who love to travel in our CoCoRaHS community!

    A new poll will be posted later today.

    Have a great weekend!
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