As spring continues to rear its ugly head we are seeing more and more severe weather. Last week I looked at the severe weather outbreak from the week of April 10-16, 2011. Today I am looking at the severe weather that occurred most of last week. I am happy to report that there was less severe weather during April 19-24, 2011, but not too much less. There were still over 1000 reports of hail and over 850 reports of high winds! 121 tornadoes were reported, with most of them occurring in Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, and Indiana. No huge whoppers like North Carolina last week but still pretty impressive. There was one tornado of note in St. Louis, MO on April 22 causing significant damage to the airport. The windows were blown out at the main terminal.
It looks like more severe weather is on tap for the Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi area the next couple days.
Here is a map of the tornado counts from the past several days:
A massive severe weather outbreak impacted much of the U.S. late last week bringing high winds, hail, and tornadoes to 20 states across the U.S. from Oklahoma and Texas east towards the Carolinas and Maryland. There were over 359 reports of hail and over 436 reports of high winds. The whopper of them all is there were 267 tornadoes reported. Thankfully when the final analyses will be made that number of tornadoes will likely be reduced, due to some tornadoes being reported two or more times. I mapped out the number of tornadoes that were reported and notice how Tennessee is the “hole” in the map.
Outline map of U.S. courtesy of mapoutlinepic.co.cc
As the warm front moved in and the cloud cover moved out over the Northeastern U.S. yesterday many locations saw temperatures 15 to 20 degrees above normal for this time of year. For much of the region temperatures average around 50′s to 60′s for mid-April. At least 9 cities in the Northeast broke or tied their temperature records yesterday. It almost felt like it was summer and time to break out the air conditioners. It was short lived though as a cold front passed through helping to cool things down.
As we move into spring it is interesting to look back and see just how much snow some locations saw this past March. As usual most of the locations with higher totals are up in the mountains either out west or up in the New England states. The big cities across the U.S. on the whole didn’t seem to get a huge amount of snow this March, but I think for many people that is welcome. I mean it is the start of spring, who wants lots of snow in the start of spring?
As we continue into spring I thought it would be nice to show the highest snowfall totals by state for those states that measured snowfall this winter. I looked at how much snow fell between October 1, 2010 and earlier this week. As expected a lot of the higher totals were out west.
Well we are getting closer and closer to the start of spring and oh is that a welcome sight for many. This will hopefully mean an end to the snowy cold days. This winter has been pretty good for some people with some locations in the Northeastern U.S. seeing above normal totals and in some cases record totals.
Imagine seeing over 10 feet of snow in one winter, imagine seeing over 30 feet of snow in one winter. I went through my records of locations with snowfall totals for this winter and found over 70 locations across the U.S. that measured over 10 feet of snow this winter. There were likely many more locations that received that much snow but sadly there wasn’t someone there measuring the snow to let us know that. The winner, based on my records, is Rainier Paradise Reserve in Washington. They have measured over 480 inches of snow (over 40 feet) since October 1.
Where is Rainier Paradise Reserve site where this was measured: go to Google Maps and use the coordinates: 46.7858N 121.743W
In descending order here are the locations that measured 10 feet or more of snow this winter:
Omaha saw some excessively rainy months, somewhat dry months, some very snowy months, some very cold months, and some nice warm months these past 11 months. They are heading towards below normal temperatures for this February and around 8.1 inches of snow for the month.
January 2010 started off cold with 6 days in that month having temperatures 20 degrees or more below normal, yes below normal! It also snowed 10.4 inches that month. Moving into February it was much colder than usual with the average monthly temperature being 7.3 degrees below normal. For only the second time on record did they not see any days with a high temperature of 40 degrees or more. Interestingly though, it was only the 26th coldest February on record. By March Omaha received 47.6 inches of snow making it the 12th snowiest winter on record. I didn’t realize that their annual average snow total is only around 30 inches. I thought it was higher, by at least foot or two. March ended on a nice warm note reaching 80°F. The warmth continued into April with 15 days seeing temperatures 5 or more degrees above normal. May was fairly typical temperature wise but it was a bit on the dry side. June more than made up for that lack of rainfall with Omaha seeing a whopping 9.25 inches of rain for the month, over 5.3 inches above normal. Though that amount of rain only made it the 7th wettest June’s on record. The above normal rainfall continued into July but thankfully it only saw 6.32 inches of rain (2.46 inches above normal) and 2.74 inches of it fell on Independence Day. If you thought the heavy rain was over it continued into August with August seeing 4.83 inches of rain (1.62 inches above normal). August was also very warm with only five days in the entire month seeing temperatures below normal; every other day saw temperatures above normal. June-August ended up being the 5th wettest June-August period on record. September was fairly normal but it warmed up again for October with only 6 days that month seeing temperatures below normal. November and December weren’t too far from normal with 8.2 inches of snow falling during those two months. January 2011 saw 13.9 inches of snow over double the normal snowfall for the month.
Last week it was unusually warm across much of the U.S. Some locations issued state of emergencies for their areas due to the likely flooding that would occur with all the melting snow. The warmth definitely helped to reduce the snowpack some in many locations. It was also a nice reprieve from the colder weather earlier this winter. Almost made you wonder was Phil really correct in saying early spring. Who knows. It did however cool back down to normal this past weekend. Oh well spring will be here soon enough.
Here are the temperatures for January 17-18, courtesy of the National Weather Service:
Thursday High (°F)
Thursday Normal High (°F)
Friday High (°F)
Friday Normal High (°F)
Thursday one degree from tieing record.
both days within 2 degrees of tieing record
Thursday tied record
Thursday one degree from tieing record and Friday broke record.