Saturday, October 29, 2011

Historic snow hits New England

It's snowing from the nation's capital up into northern New England.  Much like the snow that came through Denver ealier this week, this is not good news, since the trees are still in full leaf.

The snow adds a lot of weight to the trees, and there will undoubtedly be numerous trees and limbs down.

New York's Central Park has recorded just under two inches of snow so far, breaking a record.  The city that never sleeps has never seen more than an inch of snow in October.

In fact, there are only two measurable snowfalls on record for New York.  One was 0.5" on October 21, 1952.  The other was 0.8" on October 30, 1925.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Soaker across east-central Florida

If you live in Brevard County, Florida (and surrounding areas) get ready for a soaker over the next few hours.  Rainfall rates in excess of two inches per hour are possible.

This is not a tropical storm, although the National Hurricane Center is monitoring to see if it further organizes and gains tropical characteristics.

Winds are gusting to 50 mph along some portions of Florida's Atlantic Coast.

This after some parts of the region have already seen anywhere from 6 to 12 inches of rain since Friday morning.

It was a true weekend soaker!

This map for Brevard County precipitation reports is for the period 7am Friday to 7am Saturday, and is courtesy of the CoCoRaHS network!

Finally some rain for Texas

Heavy rain continues to fall over portions of Texas, but after months of severe drought, the rain is causing some flooding concerns.

Here is the 24-hour rainfall forecast from the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center.

Heavy rain also continues to fall over Florida. The cause is a tropical disturbance lingering across the region.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

First western winter storm

Well here is comes, the first big winter storm of the season is moving across the west. Snow has spread across the mountains of California, Utah, and now into southwest Colorado.

The first chain laws of the season were posted early this morning for Red Mountain Pass on US 550, just outside of Durango.

Ahead of the storm, it will be extremely windy, along and east of the Rockies.

There is even going to be a small severe weather outbreak over the next few days across the high plains.

The fall storms are exciting! Very dramatic as we make that seasonal transition.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Finally a western weather change

It has been weeks of nice, warm and dry weather across the western US, but that is all changing as we speak. (or type shall I say)

A large trough of low pressure moving in off the Pacific will bring the first significant snow to many of the western mountain chains, especially across California, Utah and Colorado.  Many of these locations are under a winter storm watch already.

In fact, the Sierras of California are under a winter storm warning.

Along with the wetter weather comes a huge cool down.

Out ahead of the storm, red flag warnings are in effect across a good portion of the central plains (east of the Rockies) where strong southerly winds will really crank up the fire danger.

Then as the storm approches over the weekend, we could even see some severe weather develop, much like we do in the spring weather scenarios.

It will be an exciting week to watch the weather!  The transition to fall is officially underway!!