Here Comes Mr. Snow Eater

January 7th, 2013 at 10:11 pm by under Weather

5 Day Rain Total courtesy the HPC

(Yes, this is a play on the show, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” but I can’t say I have every watched the series.)  So, do you know what I am talking about?   On the Eastern Slope of the Rockies, the “Snow Eater” is a term given to a warm wind that will eat away at the snow cover.  For our purposes, I am going to call the “Snow Eater” the significant rain that is coming on Thursday.  Yes, the rain we are expecting on Thursday and Friday will likely melt away most of our current snow cover.  If that doesn’t do it, the highs in the 50s for Friday and Saturday likely will.

Above is the 5 day rain total from the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center, or the branch of NOAA that forecasts the amount of rain that is expected across the United States.  For the WANE viewing area, that mean that we should see about an inch to an inch and a quarter of rain between Thursday, Friday and Saturday.   If you caught my 5 and 6PM weathercasts, I was very vocal with us receiving about .5 t0 1″ of rain total, but now I may have to up the numbers a bit.

Even though it may not seem like it, we are still under a Moderate Drought across parts of the WANE viewing area:

Current Drought Levels, courtesy “The Drought Monitor.”

Now, compare these two images:  The forecast rain bulls-eye in the first graphic (East Texas) and the area that needs the rain the most ( Oklahoma to Nebraska.)  So, in the grand scheme of things, the area most in need of rain will not get the bulk of the rain in the next 5 to 7 days.

But….. and this isn’t that far of stretch, it is highly important that southeastern Texas sees heavy rain this winter.  This will set up for wet soil or a wet fetch for the spring storms.  If the drought is extreme across eastern Texas this spring, the movement of low level humidity will be very poor.  If the soil is moist, the movement of moist air will retain it’s moisture amounts.  This will set up the Southern and Central Plains with a better moisture supply for the spring and summer storms.


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