Welcome to the Winter page. Local and National data on snowfall amounts and temperatures will be posted here along with useful data for analyzing all that winter can bring. I hope you find the site helpful and interesting.

Monday, February 20, 2017

MikJournal Monday 02/20/2017...More Broken Records

It's beginning to sound like a broken record, but daily record high temperatures, top ten warmest February's on record, and top ten warmest meteorological winters (Dec-Feb) on record are imminent.

I am not just referring to our region, but some climatic centers will likely record well-above normal winter temperatures. In fact, I wonder if this could be the warmest winter on record for the nation. Well, I don't know that, but I may make that a future project.

How about all of that rain in California? It sure looks like the big time drought is over. And all of that snow in the higher elevations? I saw reports of a location that has now recorded over 460" snow. In fact, some within that same mountainous area are expecting between 2 and 5 feet of additional accumulation this week.

I'll try to post numbers for our unusually warm February, that following a very mild January.

Could this lead to some severe weather later this week? There are signals. But, all parameters still need to align for such an event in our region.

Now, I have to cut this post short. My little daughter probably has the flu, and I am her chauffeur to the doctor's office.


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Early Riser...Look to the South-Southeast Sky

Moon, Saturn, Antares and company in early dawn, Feb. 19-22, 2017 and company

Hopefully, skies will remain clear for optimal viewing.

My MikJournal Monday segment comes out tomorrow.


Monday, February 13, 2017

MikJournal Monday 02/13/2017...Severe Stats

January proved to be a violent month of severe weather across parts of the south. Already, there had been 20 tornado fatalities for the month of January. That statistic is more than the total number for all of 2016.

Total Reports = 4
Tornadoes = 1
Hail Reports = 1
Wind Reports = 2

The above map for Kentucky represents preliminary reports of severe weather received so far through February 11.

As you can see, a tornado report was received on February 7 in western Kentucky near Cadiz in Trigg County. According to the Paducah NWS, it was confirmed that an EF-0 tornado caused some damage mainly to trees near the Cadiz area. Some barns were also impacted. In addition, quarter-size to golf-ball size hail was reported in and around the same area.

I am providing a link from the NWS. Click here.

Nationally, the tornado count is way above average. It's still early, but I have been anticipating an active severe weather calendar year. In fact, if you look at the chart below, you will notice that we are already on track to record the most tornadoes since 2008, possibly eclipsing 2011's reports.

U.S. Annual Tornado Trends

So far this month, I have not read of any fatalities associated with the 20 or so tornado reports, but there have been many injuries, last count was about 36.

Spring seems to be starting earlier this year. Although I am not counting out Winter just yet, the unseasonable warmth will continue to battle with Winter's last gasps leading to severe weather events.

This is now the 2nd time this year I have mentioned the threat for an active severe weather year. Where most of the severe weather will happen nobody knows. But, even California is getting more severe weather reports than usual. Western Kentucky has already recorded a confirmed tornado.

Be prepared. A weather radio is recommended. Keep an eye to the sky. Take an online class or attend one of the Spotter classes to help the NWS know what's happening based on your report from your location. Of course, safety is paramount. Never place yourself directly in harm's way.

While it's nice to get the 'picture' or 'video', immediate relay of information is essential for the NWS to issue statements for adjoining locations in the path of any dangerous storm.

I have been doing this for several years. I have great respect for lightning and high winds. Perhaps it's my age, but my daring adventures of long ago have transitioned to getting reports out as soon as it is safe to do so and communications equipment have not been damaged or disrupted.

Have a safe year, everyone.



Sunday, February 12, 2017

Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire

This is one of several favorite locations I use when analyzing weather data. It's claim is 'the world's worst weather'.

I just happened to notice the other day that Mount Washington, at an elevation of 6288 ft, recorded the nation's low temperature at -22 degrees (does not include Alaska).

In addition, winds averaged nearly 70 mph for the day with a peak gust of 120 mph.

Since the average temperature for that day came to -11 (high of -1 and low of -22), and winds averaged nearly 70 mph, the wind chill was a take-my-breath-away -50 degrees.

With the next impending system, snowfall is expected to be in the 2-feet range and, depending on the exact track of the storm system, winds could gust to between 100 and 150 mph.

Check out the site.