Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Mother Nature - Shake it up will ya?

Is it me - or is this weather pattern just becoming too stagnant?

California keeps getting pounded, the northern tier can't lose winter, we're burning up here in the Front Range of the Rockies.....LITERALLY!!   Dozens of fires this month so far - several in the immediate 7-county Denver area.

The south is seeing all the severe weather - what little there has been - and that isn't a bad thing - unless you are a storm chaser.  Although - California has seen some rare storms with a few tornadoes too!

Come on Mother Nature - shake things up a bit - spread the love! 

Ok I have ranted.....can you tell we are starving for a little weather east of the Continental Divide here in Colorado!!!

This is not a typical post for me....so let's get off the rant and on to some weather.

If you live in the northeast and like a good spring snow....you may just get your wish later this week! There is a lot of uncertainty in the forecast....but if things come together....they could see a 6 inch+ snow along the I-95 megalopolis!

Here is a map of the potential weather hazards facing the U.S. over the next week. It includes several pockets of heavy precipitation around the nation, strong storms over Florida, high winds in southeast Alaska and continued drought conditions over the southern and central Rockies.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wild spring weather strikes much of nation

Everything was on the maps Tuesday - from tornadoes in Iowa to a late season winter storm dropping snow that was blown about on strong, gusty winds from Montana to New York.

Across Colorado, it was fire and ice - literally!

A huge wildfire just a few miles west of Golden had consumed over 1,200 acres at last check.

Just 30 to 40 miles due west of the fire snow was falling along and west of the Continental Divide - keeping the ski season alive!

Temps near 90 degrees covered Florida while widespread 80s were found across the deep south.

Another wicked storm was slamming the Pacific Coast. In the past few days, everything from heavy mountain snow to flooding and even a few tornadoes have been reported in California.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Spring just around the corner

Well if you have been waiting for spring - it's finally here!    Arriving late Sunday afternoon.

It was a long winter full of records for many locations - with numerous snow and cold events from Seattle to Tulsa and Atlanta.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Blizzard hits northern plains

Old man winter is making for a miserable weekend across the northern plains states.

Grand Forks has been reporting sustained winds in the 30-40 mph range with gusts close to 60 mph for the past several hours.

In addition to the wind, the city is reporting blowing snow with temps in the single digits. All I can say is BRRR!

Several roads are closed in the region, including Interstate 29 from the South Dakota border north to the border with Canada.

Meanwhile, it was an amazing day in the Denver area on Friday with a high of 71 degrees!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Killer tornado strikes Louisiana

Severe thunderstorms developed along the central Gulf Coast states on Saturday producing widespread wind, hail and heavy rain.

A few tornadoes were also reported - unfortunately - one was a killer.

The estimated tornado rating is at least an EF-2 and it was on the ground several miles, crossing Interstate 10 and hitting the small town of Rayne.

The twister damaged dozens of homes and killed a 21-year-old woman when a tree fell through her house.

Click here to visit the National Weather Service office in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Active days ahead

The weather pattern is about to turn stormy for much of the nation as a series of storm systems move along the jet stream.

Hazards include heavy snow in the mountains and over portions of the high plains states early next week. As well as heavy rain in the Ohio Rivey Valley and eventually over the northeast.

A severe weather outbreak is possible by the middle of next week over the middle of the country.

I know this map is busy - but it just shows how crazy the next few days will be!