Monday, 25 March 2013

Dear Diary...

Yeah, it snowed...


...and we’re dealing with it. (Some better than others!)

Took me 15 minutes to get the car broomed off (Someday I’ve GOT to get the garage cleaned out!), and an additional half hour to clear the drive sufficiently to make it up the hill to the street. Streets, by the way, were amazingly clean, especially compared to the typical ‘‘snow removal[1]’’ the city usually provides.

Tam and Roberta have pictures.


LATER:

Snowfall reported for the 48-hour period ending 18:53 UTC 03/25/2013
Note that 15" blip over near Springfield!
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[1] wait-for-traffic-to-shove-it-around-for-a-few-hours, then-drive-by-with-the-blade-up

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Sunday, 24 March 2013

Dear Diary...

So now they’re saying ‘‘late this afternoon’’


Late news from the Rialto:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN
1003 AM EDT SUN MAR 24 2013

SIGNIFICANT LATE SEASON WINTER STORM TO IMPACT CENTRAL INDIANA

A STRENGTHENING LOW PRESSURE WILL LIFT NORTHEAST ACROSS NORTHEASTERN KENTUCKY TONIGHT IN RESPONSE TO A STRONG UPPER LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM MOVING EAST FROM THE MIDDLE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY.  THIS WILL PRODUCE STRONG LIFT THAT WILL INTERACT WITH DEEP MOISTURE AND RESULT IN A SIGNIFICANT SNOW STORM FOR THE REGION.  THE SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH MONDAY WITH THE HEAVIEST SNOW EXPECTED LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT.  THE SNOW WILL MIX WITH RAIN AND POSSIBLY SLEET OVER SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF CENTRAL INDIANA DURING THE LATE MORNING AND AFTERNOON BEFORE CHANGING TO ALL SNOW THERE BY EARLY EVENING.

SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 6 TO 10 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED ACROSS MUCH OF CENTRAL INDIANA THROUGH MONDAY MORNING. GUSTY NORTHEAST AND NORTH WINDS WILL ALSO CAUSE SOME BLOWING SNOW ESPECIALLY ALONG WEST TO EAST ORIENTED ROADWAYS.
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• TIMING: LIGHT ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE POSSIBLE THROUGH MID AFTERNOON.  SNOW WILL INCREASE IN INTENSITY LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT, BECOMING HEAVY AT TIMES.  WHILE SNOW IS EXPECTED TO LIGHTEN MONDAY MORNING, IT IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR ADDITIONAL LIGHT ACCUMULATIONS.

...and here’s the map:
Day 1 (Sunday 3/24-Monday 3/25/2013) Snowfall Accumulation Probabilities consolidated from: http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/wwd/winter_wx.shtml as updated 0739Z, March 24, 2013
We had a dusting this morning, but it didn’t stick.  Right now (1:50 EDT) there’s nothing on the ground, nothing coming down, and temperature is just above freezing.  Will it Really Happen?  Guess we’ll find out, one way or t’other...

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Saturday, 23 March 2013

Dear Diary...

12 hours away...


NWS:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN
1048 AM EDT SAT MAR 23 2013
WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM SUNDAY THROUGH 12 PM
MONDAY

STRENGTHENING LOW PRESSURE WILL LIFT NORTHEAST FROM THE TENNESSEE VALLEY TO THE OHIO VALLEY SUNDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT WHICH IS EXPECTED TO RESULT IN A SIGNIFICANT SNOW STORM FOR THE REGION.  THE SNOW WILL START OVERNIGHT TONIGHT AND CONTINUE THROUGH MONDAY WITH THE HEAVIEST SNOW EXPECTED LATE SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND NIGHT.  THE SNOW MAY MIX WITH RAIN OVER SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF CENTRAL INDIANA THROUGH LATE SUNDAY AFTERNOON BEFORE CHANGING TO ALL SNOW.

SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 5 TO 9 INCHES ARE EXPECTED ACROSS MUCH OF CENTRAL INDIANA THROUGH MONDAY MORNING, WITH LOWER AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES SOUTH OF A SULLIVAN TO BLOOMINGTON TO COLUMBUS LINE WHERE RAIN IS LIKELY TO MIX IN WITH THE SNOW ON SUNDAY.

On the map, it looks like this:
Day 2 (Saturday Night-Sunday Night) Snowfall Probability Maps (consolidated from http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/wwd/winter_wx.shtml updated 0743Z, March 23, 2013)
Don’t forget the beer, toilet paper, and cat litter!

Elsewhere:
Paul Ogden:  Heads I’m Right, Tails I’m Right
Roberta X:  Awake!

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Friday, 22 March 2013

Dear Diary...

Spring is Here!


‘‘The Time Has Come For a Carbon Tax’’
- Algore, quoting some idiot at The Financial Times.

Seems that Gaia might have Other Thoughts:
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LINCOLN IL
957 AM CDT FRI MAR 22 2013
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A LATE SEASON WINTER STORM WILL LIKELY BRING SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL THIS WEEKEND.

A STORM SYSTEM WILL ORGANIZE OVER THE SOUTHERN PLAINS EARLY THIS WEEKEND, THEN LIFT NORTHEAST INTO KENTUCKY AND TENNESSEE BY EARLY SUNDAY AFTERNOON. PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN SPREADING INTO PORTIONS OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST ILLINOIS SATURDAY EVENING, REACHING AREAS NEAR I-74 TOWARD MIDNIGHT, THEN OVERSPREADING THE REMAINDER OF THE AREA LATE SATURDAY NIGHT. THE PRECIPITATION WILL CONTINUE THROUGH MUCH OF SUNDAY BEFORE BEGINNING TO DIMINISH SUNDAY NIGHT.

CURRENT INDICATIONS ARE THAT A BAND OF HEAVY SNOW- IN EXCESS OF 6 INCHES- IS POSSIBLE IN A LARGE AREA FROM NORTHERN MISSOURI EASTWARD INTO CENTRAL INDIANA, WITH TEMPERATURES NEAR OR JUST ABOVE FREEZING MUCH OF THE TIME...THE SNOW IS EXPECTED TO BE VERY WET, MAKING IT DIFFICULT TO SHOVEL.
So, should we lay in supplies for the weekend?Day 3 (Saturday Night-Sunday Night) Snowfall Probability Maps (consolidated from http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/wwd/winter_wx.shtml updated 0743Z, March 22, 2013)

(Al quote: Thanx to rdbrewer in the Award-Winning currently-holding-his-fund-drive so give already AOSHQ sidebar.)

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Tuesday, 05 March 2013

Dear Diary...

Got your boots-n-shovels?


Snowfall probabilities for 12Z Tuesday-12Z Wednesday
From the NWS:

A WINTER STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 7 AM WEDNESDAY.

HAZARDS:  SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW.  TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE BY EARLY WEDNESDAY.  ROADS WILL BECOME VERY SLICK AND HAZARDOUS LATE TODAY AND TONIGHT.  WIND GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH.

TIMING:  LATE THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH TONIGHT.

DISCUSSION:  LOW PRESSURE OVER NORTHERN ARKANSAS WILL STRENGTHEN AS IT MOVES NORTHEAST INTO THE OHIO VALLEY AND MERGES WITH A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM ALOFT MOVING SOUTHEAST FROM THE NORTHERN PLAINS.
RAIN POSSIBLY MIXED WITH SNOW WILL OCCUR TODAY CHANGING TO ALL
SNOW BY LATE AFTERNOON.  HEAVY SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE POSSIBLE TONIGHT.  WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH LATE TONIGHT WILL CAUSE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.
Whee!

LATER (130306 15:03):
Roberta has a report and photos.  Squirrel!
...while at VFTP, Tam joins that shovelin’ throng.

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