Winter no Slouch
I don’t know, maybe I am getting old and senile, but this winter’s weather has been plenty cold and snowy to me. Before you say “your crazy Tony” let’s explore the flakey facts.
A look back at this winter shows the ground has been dusted as many as 12 times! Granted, most of those events measured much less than an inch, but when I say I have shoveled 10 inches of snow this winter in Barboursville, it makes sense. We have enjoyed a decent number of snow DAYS!
Ask the kids from your favorite school and they will begrudgingly tell the same tale. They will claim they while they haven’t had the chance to sled much, they have enjoyed 5 snow days in Huntington and as many as 10 days in Eastern Kentucky school districts. No wonder I claim “at least we have been efficient in turning small snows into bonus snow days”.
Not only that, but the air temperature has dipped into the single digits on 4 different nights including a few sub-zero nights in southern Ohio hollows under the watch of the full January Wolf Moon. Officially, it’s been as low as 4 thumb numbing degrees in Huntington and 6 spine tingling degrees in Charleston.
Of course, Mickey Mouse snows and “single digit” lows don’t cut it for most snow lovers. To these cold weather connoisseurs, only deep snowstorms with arctic winds producing blowing and drifting count. Only long and jagged icicles dangling from rooftops on 5 below morns count. In fact a winter without an old fashioned Appalachian Blizzard is considered a lost cause.
Two weeks ago right here at WSAZ.COM I mentioned how this stormy pattern was just what we snow lovers needed to get a late season fix. I theorized that the vast pool of bitter cold air in Canada would in time meet up with the hyper-active southern storm track at some point to produce a big snow here. I was thinking and still am a 6 to 10 inch storm with 6 inches in the Ohio, Big Sandy and Kanawha Valleys and 10 inches in the mountains.
Well, here we are at Valentine ’s Day and so far this winter no big dumpers. So it is worth a follow-up question, “Tony can we still make the big snow grade”?
Now our supercomputers are hinting at a highly energetic and moisture laden storm for Sunday and Monday. Someone in America’s heartland is likely to measure 15” of snow. Drifts in these areas could swallow a yardstick. Will it be our turn to shine in the “snow spotlight”? Or will we have to watch someone in Chicago or St Louis or Detroit have all the fun?
I will admit that the consensus of our long range forecast models is that it is not our turn this weekend. At least as of Wednesday night’s data, the storm track goes to our west again with rain on the front end on Sunday (possibly starting as ice for AM church services) and cold and snow on the back end Monday-Tuesday (when we could get a nice snowfall).
But snow lovers remember, the Blizzard of 1993 was a late bloomer (coming in March) so as long as it stays cold in Canada and we keep seeing storms pound the west coast, there will be a chance of a big storm here in WSAZ.COM country.
I will update the thinking on this President’s weekend storm on Thursday. Humm, President’s Day, seems there have been some monster storms on that day before (2003 Ice Storm).
For now here’s a link to the beauty of a storm that the European Model is hawking for Monday! If this verifys, watch out St Louey, Chi-town and Mo-Town!!