Saturday, December 22, 2007

Friday, December 21, 2007

Updates & Winter this Week

After losing power for about 80 hours, I'm back up and running now. Not too many changes to the site or my blog but its winter and I'm lazy. I'll try to get a report up on the Dec. 8-10 ice storm here in central OK but it may take a while. In the mean time, back to making some more money before spending it all on gas this spring. The blog and the website will likely be updated frequently starting around March so check back often come spring.

Also, the next 7 days will present quite a few oppurtunities for light snow here in central Oklahoma. Check out Norman's WFO for more info.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Round one of ice, Another to follow

Here are a few pics of the ice from early this morning...

The freezing line moved south overnight and a band of heavy freezing rain developed. Here a radar pic showing the convective banding feature this morning.

More to come later with possibly a heavier event going into tomorrow.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Winter Storm to affect the Southern Plains

A large upper level storm system will move in from the west in different pieces over the next few days affecting much of the southern plains bringing ice and snow to a large area. OUN has issued a freezing rain advisory for tonight with the first round of precip expected.

There will likely be a break in the activity on Sunday during the the day and into the evening but another round of possibly heavier precip is expected on Monday. Here is a graphic from NWS Lubbock depicting the situation.

The Hydrometeorological Prediction Center paints a picture with high QPF amounts and a good chance of accumulating ice for Monday.

The reason for ice rather than snow for much of the region is the depth of the shallow air. A warm layer above the surface (~850mb) will persist as the shallow subfreezing artic air works its way in underneath this warm layer. Here's the sounding from Norman, OK this morning showing the large temperature inversion and the cold layer just near the surface.