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2009 New Year’s Eve Forecast

posted on Thursday, December 31st, 2009 at 9:47 am
Today's National Forecast, Image: NOAA

Today's National Forecast, Image: NOAA

Click for the latest national forecast.

A rain storm that affected many of the Gulf States has now moved off the coast of the Carolinas this New Year’s.

TV forecasters are still going with a chance for rain/snow mix in the big cities of New York and Boston tonight,

National Radar Image, Image: NOAA

National Radar Image, Image: NOAA

Click for the latest national radar image.

even though, as you can see, a lot of the rain has moved off the coast. Stay tuned to your local TV forecast for the latest. You can see another storm has moved into the Portland area. As far as other New Year’s hot spots; click on the links below for the TV forecast in your favorite town to celebrate ringing in the New Year!

Las Vegas

Los Angeles

New Orleans


New York

-Dawn Brown

Wet Wednesday in California, Gulf

posted on Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 at 9:25 am
National Radar, Image: NOAA

National Radar, Image: NOAA

Click for the latest national radar image.

It’s a rainy day for folks in East Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi today.

An area of low pressure off the coast of Texas is pulling warm and moisture-laden air in from the Gulf of Mexico. This storm will travel along the Gulf Coast, hitting areas like Biloxi and Jackson, Mississippi later today into tomorrow. By New Year’s Eve day, it will be dumping heavy rain on coastal areas like Charleston, South Carolina.

New York City could be in for periods of heavy rain New Year’s Eve night.

A storm system dumping rain/snow in Southern California today will die out as it cross the desert areas of eastern California and Nevada.

Most of Utah, and portions of Colorado are under winter storm warnings this Wednesday.

-Dawn Brown

More Southern Snow!

posted on Tuesday, December 29th, 2009 at 11:43 am
Today's Forecast, Image: NOAA

Today's Forecast, Image: NOAA

Another storm brewing over West Texas has created the possibility of heavy snow over portions of Southern Colorado, Southern Utah, Eastern Arizona and New Mexico and Texas. Ski resorts in those areas will benefit from another few inches of snow.

This same storm system will track east tomorrow, and heavy rain is a possibility for east Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

New Year's Eve Forecast, Image: Unisys Weather

New Year's Eve Forecast, Image: Unisys Weather

By New Year’s Eve, the storm is a rainmaker from South Carolina to New England. Later in the weekend, some of that rain will give over to snow for portions of the East Coast.

Look at Seattle and Portland getting slammed on New Year’s Eve. Bummer!

Bitter cold returns to the Midwest in time for the New Year. I’ll have more on that tomorrow.

-Dawn Brown

It’s Colder in Topeka Tonight Than Bitter Bismarck

posted on Monday, December 28th, 2009 at 1:06 pm

The forecast high in Chicago today is 26 degrees. The average high is 31. While temperatures remain below freezing today across much of the Upper Midwest, it’s still not the bitter cold they were experiencing earlier in December. But the cold, Canadian air is plunging south once again.

Tonight's Forecast Lows, Image: NOAA

Tonight's Forecast Lows, Image: NOAA

Cold dry air from the arctic is sliding south along with a cold front. The high today in Topeka, Kansas is expected to be in the 30s, the lows?, below zero. In comparison, Bismarck‘s overnight low will be 3 degrees. It will be warmer in Bismarck tonight than Topeka!

Another interesting advisory for the Dakotas today? Western North Dakota is under a freezing fog advisory. We’ve talked about fog in the past. When a thick fog develops, it will produce a light rain or mist. If it’s really cold, like it is in Crosby, North Dakota today, this light mist can freeze on contact with the ground or an surface it touches. It’s not going to be a thick coating of ice if you compare it to the thick ice that develops during an ice storm. However, it can cause slick and dangerous roads for drivers.

-Dawn Brown

Stormy Setup for New Year’s Eve

posted on Sunday, December 27th, 2009 at 11:38 am
Gulf Low Develops, Image: Unisys Weather

Gulf Low Develops, Image: Unisys Weather

Happy Holidays Everyone! I hope you enjoyed your Christmas. It was a stormy Christmas across the Midwest. The weather has finally quieted this Sunday.

Look at the computer model forecast for the storm setup this Thursday. Another low pressure system will develop in the Gulf of Mexico. Tuesday, coastal Texas will be doused with heavy rain. The thunderstorms will then move to Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. On Thursday, Georgia and the Carolinas will be feeling the brunt of the storm.

What happens next is a long way off, but the East Coast may be preparing for a stormy New Year’s Eve.

Low Develops off East Coast, Image: Unisys Weather

Low Develops off East Coast, Image: Unisys Weather

Currently, the main thunderstorm activity will be off the coast, but by Friday and Saturday, the low tries to redevelop just off the coast of New Jersey, and it could be another snowmaker for parts of the Northeast next weekend.

-Dawn Brown

Off For the Holidays!

posted on Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 at 3:57 pm

I’m off the next few days until Christmas. Looks like another snowstorm is headed for the Midwest and East Coast. I’ll be touching on that storm later in the week!

-Dawn Brown

Winter Arrives After Storm Quiets

posted on Monday, December 21st, 2009 at 9:39 pm

Today is the first official day of winter! It may seem a little late to announce it, after a blizzard left record snow in the East, but today marked the Winter Solstice.

Space Shot, Blizzard of 2009, Image: NASA

Space Shot, Blizzard of 2009, Image: NASA

NASA captured this image of the Mid-Atlantic on December 20th. Washington D.C. is noted in the picture.

The article that accompanied the image states:

“The Mid-Atlantic states were completely white on Sunday, December 20, 2009, in the wake of a record-breaking snow storm. The storm deposited between 12 and 30 inches of snow in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. on December 19, according to the National Weather Service. For many locations, the snowfall totals broke records for the most snow to fall in a single December day.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this view of the Chesapeake Bay region as the clouds were clearing on December 20. The snow highlights the courses of the Potomac and Susquehanna Rivers from the Appalachian Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay. The ridges and valleys of the Appalachian Mountains are similarly highlighted. The forested peaks are darker than the snow-covered valleys.

The massive snow storm was a Nor’easter, a powerful storm characterized by a strong low-pressure center that forms in the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Ocean and moves northward up the Eastern seaboard. In the Northern Hemisphere, winds flow in toward the center of a low-pressure area in a counter-clockwise spiral, which means that as the storm heads north, the leading winds come in off the ocean from the northeast.” (Source: NASA, Earth Observatory)

Sierra Nevada Mountain Range

Sierra Nevada Mountain Range

While a blizzard was coating the East Coast with snow, disrupting travel, and causing havoc for residents from the Carolinas to New England, we were enjoying 5 days of peaceful sunshine in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. I visited Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort with my family. After a storm left more than 5′ of snow on the mountain, we enjoyed the packed powder with sunshine!

More storms head east this week! I’ll have more tomorrow.

-Dawn Brown

Blizzard Warnings Hit Metro Areas

posted on Saturday, December 19th, 2009 at 11:47 am
Blizzard Warnings Hit Baltimore, Image: NOAA

Blizzard Warnings Hit Baltimore, Image: NOAA (Image may not be current.)

Click here for the latest warnings in the Baltimore, D.C. area.

Blizzard Warnings Boston, Providence, Image: NOAA (Image is OLD!)

Blizzard Warnings Boston, Providence, Image: NOAA (Image may not be current.)

Click here for the latest warnings in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Snow Forecast (in inches) New York, Image: NOAA

Snow Forecast (in inches) New York, Image: NOAA (Image may not be current.)

Click for the latest TV forecast from New York.

A massive winter storm is headed up the Mid-Atlantic region. Here’s what the National Weather Service has to say about the storm.

TV forecasters from Kentucky to New Hampshire are watching the storm. Blizzard warnings are also in effect in Alaska.

Gulf Storm Slides Up Coast as Major Snow Storm

posted on Friday, December 18th, 2009 at 11:13 am

A major snowstorm heading up the Carolinas is making a path toward the major cities of the Northeast.

Radar, Image: NWS, Storm Prediction Center

Radar, Image: NWS, Storm Prediction Center (Image is OLD!)

Click for the latest imagery from the Storm Prediction Center.

US Watches and Warnings, Image: NOAA

US Watches and Warnings, Image: NOAA (Image is OLD!)

Click for the latest national watches and warnings.

A low pressure system spinning in the Gulf of Mexico is about to take aim as a snowmaker for the Carolinas and the Northeast. Forecasters in Asheville, North Carolina are preparing viewers for more than a foot of snow. Any icy mix is possible for the lower elevations of This same storm is expected to leave snow on the ground in Baltimore, D.C., Philadelphia and even New York.

The same storm system is producing tornado watches in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area.

-Dawn Brown

Flash Flood Watches Out Again For Gulf Coast, Carolina Snow

posted on Thursday, December 17th, 2009 at 11:57 am

A storm system developing over the western Gulf of Mexico will spread yet another batch of 1″ to 2,” with locally up to 4,” of rain across the Central Gulf Coast Thursday through Friday.

New Orleans Radar, Image: NOAA

New Orleans Radar, Image: NOAA (Image is OLD!)

Click for the latest New Orleans Radar.

With up to nearly 2 feet of rain on the month so far in places like New Orleans, Louisiana and widespread flash flooding over the past week, any additional rain could cause more flooding issues.

National Watches and Warnings, Image: NOAA

National Watches and Warnings, Image: NOAA (Image is OLD!)

Click for the latest watches and warnings.

Flood Watches have already been posted for portions of southeastern Louisiana and coastal Mississippi through as far east as southern Georgia.

The same system will then go on to affect much of the rest of the Deep South Friday into Saturday, primarily with rain, but snow may mix in in the higher terrain of North Carolina.  Winter Storm Watches are posted for the end of the week into the weekend for the Carolinas as far south as Greenville/Spartanburg, SC east as Charlotte and Raleigh/Durham in North Carolina.  The storm is expected to produce as much as 4-6″ of snow in the North Carolina mountains near Asheville., but a wintry mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain, and rain are even looking likely in the Charlotte and Raleigh/Durham area with light accumulations of snow and ice.

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