Weather Hot Shots on Mon. January 7

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This post was written by Schnack on January 7, 2013

January Thaw and Rain Later this Week

UPDATED at 4:00 PM

Tonight: Clear to partly cloudy. Low: 17-25. Wind: SW 5-10 mph.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy and breezy. High: 36-44. Wind: S 10-20 mph.

Tuesday Night: Mostly clear and breezy. Low: 23-28. Wind: W 10-20 mph.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High: near 40.

Thursday: Cloudy with a 60% chance of rain and breezy (E 10-20 mph). High: upper 30s.

Friday: Mostly cloudy. High: mid 40s.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of rain/snow, windy (NW 15-25 mph) and colder. High: low 30s.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy. High: low 20s.

Monday: Partly cloudy. High: mid 20s.

Some not so typical January weather is expected this week. High temperatures every day will be in the upper 30s and 40s. The upper air charts below show a southwest flow with warm air through Friday.

During this time, low pressure will develop and track northeast across the middle of the country. We will be warm enough that any precipitation that falls will be in the form of rain. Early indications show rain amounts be less than 0.25”. Here is the rain forecast from Wednesday evening to Thursday evening.

The warm temperatures this week will be melting the snow and ice we have. As of this morning take a look at how much snow is on the ground across the country  (lower 48 states).

The percent snow cover has been calculated since 2004 On January 7 there has only been one other time that 57% of the country (lower 48 states) has been covered with that much snow and that was in 2010. The percentage is expected to drop a lot just this week as the warm air will take over most of the country melting the snow. It will be interesting to see the snow percentage next Monday compared to today.

The warm air will not last all winter. There is a cold front forecast to track across the state Saturday with a slight chance of rain/snow…I am leaning more toward the rain from the front. The front will push through the area Saturday morning with colder weather expected for the weekend. High temperatures will return to the low 20s on Sunday. 


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This post was written by Schnack on January 7, 2013

January 7

From NWS
: A severe blizzard struck the Great Plains claiming many lives across northern Iowa and southern Minnesota where it is generally regarded as one of the worst storms on record. At that time northwestern Iowa in particular was rather sparsely settled with large tracts remaining wild prairie. January 7th, by all accounts, began as a sunny and beautiful day leading many people to travel to nearby settlements or neighbors homes. Contemporary accounts describe a wall of black clouds advancing rapidly from the northwest, reaching northwestern Iowa around midday and northeastern Iowa by around 4 pm and ushering in almost instantly very strong northwest winds, heavy snow, and bitterly cold temperatures. Visibility rapidly dropped to only a few feet and many travelers became disoriented in the open country and lost their way. The blizzard continued unabated for nearly three full days before finally diminishing on the 9th. An Emmet County supervisor was on his way home from Estherville in his horse drawn sled when he was caught in the storm and it was later discovered that he was less than a half mile from his home when he had turned from the road and become lost, eventually being found frozen solid in a field several miles away. In Howard County a married couple and two of their children attempted to return in the storm from a neighbors residence to their home which was less than a mile away. Despite the short distance the blinding, drifting snow prevented them from finding their way and the horses became stuck in the drifts. The father carried one of the children on foot and managed to find his way home then left to go back to the wagon and retrieve his wife and the remaining child, but he never returned and he and his wife and child were later found frozen under the snow. Stories like these were common and while there are no reliable numbers as to how many perished in the storm, it was likely in excess of 100 across the region. Many of the dead were found close to their homes or other buildings but were apparently unable to see them in the blinding snow. Some of the bodies were not discovered until several months later in the spring.

This Day in National/World Weather History …
 7 January 2008 → A tornado outbreak stretched from northeast Oklahoma to southeast Wisconsin. EF-3 tornadoes occurred as far north as northern Illinois and southeast Wisconsin.
 7 January 1998 → During the Canadian Ice Storm of Jan. 5 through 10, 1998 freezing rain and drizzle fell for over 80 hours. The total water equivalent of precipitation, comprising mostly freezing rain and ice pellets and a bit of snow, exceeded 3.30″ in Ottawa, 2.90″ in Kingston, 4.25″ in Cornwall, and 3.90″ in Montreal. New England was hard hit as well.
 7 January 2002 → Snow fell in unusual places in the Middle East, including Amman, Jordan, and Jerusalem.


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This post was written by Schnack on January 7, 2013