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Winter Making an Appearance

by Jamie Robinson        January 19, 2012  |  6:27 pm  |  Category: Latest News
In a year where winter has been hard to find, it's finally making itself known across the northern United States. The Northwest is seeing a multi-day winter storm that has over 200,000 without power on Puget Sound. The good news for Seattle and surrounding area is that temperatures are forecast to rise this weekend. This will keep any upcoming precipitation in the form of rain.

Cold air has settled in across the northern quarter of the U.S. Current temperatures in North Central Minnesota are currently below zero.

This, along with the winds, are creating dangerous wind chills across parts of the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

There are already Winter Weather Advisories out across the Upper Midwest through Friday evening.

Most areas are expecting around 2-4" of snow through Friday evening. Chicago's expecting 4-6" of snow and Milwaukee is expecting 3-5".
The storm should then move into the Northeast for Saturday. Again, most areas are expecting 1-3", however, Pittsburgh is in a narrow band that is expecting 3-5" of snow from Friday night through Saturday.

Most of the Country Feels Like Fall (Finally!)

by Jamie Robinson        November 4, 2011  |  12:35 pm  |  Category: Latest News

After a sweltering summer for many, much of the country finally feels like fall. Temperatures in the majority of the nation aren't getting out of the 60s.

In addition, with the wind factored in, many are dealing with very cool wind chills.

The upcoming week shows promise for some very interesting weather. There is currently a low pressure system coming into the Northweat part of the U.S. that will begin to affect much of the western and central U.S. over the weekend and into the middle of next week.

As you can see, winter weather advisories are already out for parts of the Rockies. As the system moves into the plains and midwest, there will be a chance for heavy rain and even some thunderstorms in the southern half of the region. The northern half looks to see a chance for snow (Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin) as the system moves through Tuesday into Wednesday.

As always, stay on top of the weather with Weather Defender. It can handle all your weather needs.

More Rain Likely for the Northeast

by Jamie Robinson        October 13, 2011  |  12:25 pm  |  Category: Latest News

Looks like more rain is likely the next few days for an area of the country that's had more than its fair share this year already.  Take a look at how much has already fallen in some locations this year:

Location                    2011 Total (in.)         Avg. Annual (in.)          Excess Already in 2011 (in.)

Cleveland, OH                51.62                         39.10                                12.52

Harrisburg, PA                62.82                         41.58                                21.24

Binghamton, NY              58.67                         39.24                                19.43


These areas could end up seeing another 1-4 inches of rain through Friday this week.  Another system coming through the area this weekend will likely be more wind than rain but with the wind comes an increased chance of lake effect precipitation in places like northern Ohio, northwest Pennsylvania and Upstate New York.

As you can see from the current surface map, there are 3 systems that will impact the Northeast.  The low currently off the coast, the low pressure currently in Wisconsin and the low pressure system(s) currently north of Minnesota in southwestern Ontario, Canada.

For those in areas prone to flooding or who haven't dried out from recent floods, you can use Weather Defender to track total storm precipitation.  Here's a screenshot from Indianapolis to show how Weather Defender plots rainfall totals.  The darkest green areas shown have received between 1.5 - 2 inches of rain.

Weather Defender offers virtually endless layering options that allow the casual weather observer all the way to the hard core storm chaser the ability to track the weather that's important to them.

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