Monday, January 26, 2009

Winter Gripping Many, Stormy Weather Hits Europe

It's c-c-c-cold for most of the country along and east of the Rocky Mountains.

Wintry precipitation is impacting travel from Denver to Little Rock and eventually it will spread into the northeast.

Portions of northern Arkansas and southern Missouri may be trapped by this time tomorrow as over an inch of freezing rain is possible.

If that happens, there will be a lot of damage from fallen trees and power lines.

Looking for warm and dry weather? Head to Arizona and southern California.

Long-term forecast models show a reverse in the trend we have been seeing of late, with the potential for warmer and drier weather to take over the eastern part of the nation as we head into February with cooler, wet weather for the west coast.

If that happened, I think we'd all be okay with it as the east would like to warm up and in some cases dry out -- and the west coast would like to see a little bit of their winter precipitation. (I am talking places like northern and central California, not the coasts of Oregon and Washington which were drenched in recent weeks)

Take all this information with a grain of salt. About the only thing in the long-term forecast that I really bite off on is the models show another round of bitterly cold air taking over Alaska -- similar to the air mass that was in place late December and early February.

Now that I believe.

It has been very stormy in Europe over the past few days. Flooding rains have hit parts of the United Kingdom, and high winds across northern Spain and southern France have caused severe damage, cut power to over a million households and claimed over a dozen lives.

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  1. We are finally getting a taste of snowfall in Missouri. So far this year, we haven't had anything over an inch! This is probably the time of year that many people are wishing for spring, but I welcome the snow...I'm hoping to have enough to build a snowman with my daughter.

  2. Curious on the voting outcome for our perception of severe Wx. Has been the most snow I've seen in the N. Willamette Valley since moving here in '83, but understand '69 was worse. Seems like there's also been more hot summer days in last 5-10 yrs.
    Of course 15,000 yrs ago thereabouts this place was all tundra, then massively flooded every 50 yrs or so. So worse relative to what? ;)

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