March 7th, 2014 at 10:07 pm by Nicholas Ferreri under Weather
Saturday will see a brief period of a wintry mix early in the day, changing to snow showers later in the morning which will last into the day’s second half. Accumulations will be light and less than 1″ by the end of the day.
Saturday’s Snow Forecast
Next week, on Wednesday, a more significant system may head our way. It’s still too early to tell just how much snow we’ll get from this one, but the early indications are enough for me to tell you to be prepared to pull out the shovels and rev up the snowblowers. Continue to check back in with us here on wane.com and on NewsChannel15 as Wednesday gets closer. ((Click on the above thumbnails to see them enlarged.))
March 7th, 2014 at 9:59 pm by Nicholas Ferreri under Weather
Thanks to all the WANE viewers and wane.com visitors who submitted modern-day “March Mottoes” to replace the age-old saying, “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” It was a lot of fun reading all the thoughts you each shared.
Here are the favorite submissions that I featured throughout the week on NewsChannel 15, in case you missed any. To see more submissions, please visit my “Nicholas Ferreri” facebook and twitter (@nicholasweather) pages.
March comes in like a cold pack and goes out like a hot tamale. – Mike N Tracey Stahl
March comes in like a wrecking ball and goes out like a snowball. – @gregmiller78 on twitter (He apologizes for the Miley Cyrus reference
March comes in like a Mother-in-Law and out like a new girlfriend. – Denny Smith
March comes in like a marine and goes out like a nun. – Lori Vance-Silvers
March comes in like Metallica and goes out like Johnny Mathis – Ronald Upton
March comes in like a horror movie and goes out like a love story. – Kathy Brigle
March comes in with a snow blower and goes out with a lawn mower. – @lucifoltz
March comes in like a Badger and goes out like a Hoosier. – Augie Augenstein
March comes in like Vladimir Putin and goes out like Pee-wee Herman. – Glenn Robinson
March comes in like a ruffian and goes out like a gentleman. – Amy Wysong
March comes in like a Mack truck and goes out like a Cozy Coupe. – @acwrenchturner
March comes in like “Frozen” and goes out like “Happy Days”. @sajones1942
March comes in like a quarrel and goes out like a solution. – Cara Lou Strahley
March comes in like madness and goes out like gladness. – Debbie Deuter
March 7th, 2014 at 11:26 am by Greg Shoup under Weather
We, like everyone else, have NOT enjoyed the harsh winter that has plagued our area. So, our production and sign team decided to deal with this winter with a little humor for everyone to enjoy. (Pierceton, IN)
So what is it with all the snow talk? Well, right now that’s all it is. Let’s first talk about this weekend. Snow will move in late Saturday afternoon, right now it doesn’t look like this will really be significant as 1. The surface temperatures will be above freezing at the beginning of the event and 2. Very limited amount of moisture to work with. So I’m left to a forecast of less than an inch. Most likely about .50″ to .75″.
Now on to the talk about a ‘big’ snow event Wednesday of next week. You probably have heard that we could see a large amount of snow. Well, all I’d say here is “hold on a minute”. There are still some inconsistencies and uncertainties that we need to deal with. The first is that two of the three ‘medium range’ models are taking the energy of this system south while one of them has the edge of the heaviest snowfall across Fort Wayne with several inches possible. While I do believe that this will be a significant weather system across much of the Midwest it is because of these inconsistencies that I am not really to commit yet for our area.
Could it happen for our area as last nights 0Z European solution is forecasting? You bet, but as a meteorologist I have to look at all of the solutions and come up with a consensus of what can and will happen. I believe this weekend we will have a much more clear solution for this snow system and what to expect mid week next week. So as they say in our business, “stay tuned”.
March 6th, 2014 at 11:58 pm by Nicholas Ferreri under Weather
March Weather Stats at a Glance
After our tough winter, thought you’d like to see how temperatures statistically trend over March’s 31 days. There’s an average 14° increase in high temperatures and 10° increase in low temperatures. Plus, we will see increasing amounts of sunlight which will help continue to warm us up into the month of April.
March 6th, 2014 at 11:31 am by Greg Shoup under Weather
NASA visualization of El Niño in the fall of 2009 – with telltale warmer than normal water in the equatorial Pacific, as indicated by yellow and orange shades. (NASA)
In a bulletin released this morning NOAA scientists are predicting a 50% chance that El Niño will develop during the spring months of 2014. What does this mean for us? Usually it will mean a drier than average winter and temperatures around average to sometimes well above average. Here’s more on the general impacts that scientists have predicted with a possible El Niño.
March 5th, 2014 at 9:35 pm by Nicholas Ferreri under Weather
Image Credit: Erin Hull – Hoagland (File Photo)
We’ve received some requests for today’s snow totals. So, thought I’d share this link to what’s come in from across the region. Amounts were not all that impressive and, in fact, only a few snow reports were filed from spotters in northeast Indiana. Reports were more common in northwest Indiana where the snow piled up slightly higher. For us here, amounts ranged from 0.9″ at the Fort Wayne International Airport to 1.6″ near Hudson in Steuben County.
UPDATE: Another new total has come in from Mentone (in Kosciusko County). Total there stands at 1.5″
You can also take a look at the latest spotter reports from across the country through the CoCoRaHS network.
March 5th, 2014 at 11:29 am by Greg Shoup under Weather
The inclination and angle of the sun depicted around the world (NOAA graphic)
As March comes in with temperatures nearly 25 degrees below normal the question arises, how do we know that it will get warmer? Will there even be a spring or summer this year? To answer this question we need to go back to how the sun heats are hemisphere and the length of daylight that the spring and summer promise. Check out the graphic above and this website for more explanation.
March 4th, 2014 at 9:30 pm by Nicholas Ferreri under Weather
Out at The Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show over the weekend, many of you stopped and asked, “What’s the deal with meteorological winter ending on February 28?” and “Why won’t the snow [from last weekend] count toward the winter record?” Well, since the start and end dates of winter (and all the seasons) can fluctuate year to year, by designating December 1 to February 28 (or 29 in leap years) as the official winter timeframe for weather records, we can easily compare one winter season to the next.
So, what happens to the snow from last weekend? Does it count toward any other record? Well, yes! Annual snow records are kept for each year on a July-June calendar. So far this year (through 3/4), we’ve picked up 64.6″. That ranks us in 2nd place below the 1981-1982 winter which recorded 81.2″. That’s a difference of 16.6″!
Fort Wayne’s Snowiest Years On Record (July-June)
March 4th, 2014 at 11:35 am by Greg Shoup under Weather
11am Temperatures 3/4/2014
As I mentioned in my blog post yesterday I talked about how we most likely would tie our record for the coldest maximum temperature in recorded history with a temperature of 14°. That actually happened yesterday afternoon. While today is not as cold I am noting a pattern that even the untrained weather eye can pick out on this ‘isotherm” graphic.
First you will notice that Minneapolis and Omaha are coming in considerably warmer than yesterday.
The other thing that sticks out to me on this graphic is that the pink color which is used to indicate bitter cold is retreating almost north of the US border. This does show at least a temporary reprieve from the bitter arctic air.
Although it won’t be a picnic the next couple of days we will see highs in the 20s. That’s still nearly 20° below normal.
March 3rd, 2014 at 10:23 pm by Nicholas Ferreri under Weather
After a winter of being pounded with snow and cold, I think many of us have decided the best way to deal with it is to have some fun when we can.
Here’s a picture of a dolphin making a winter appearance in Fort Wayne’s Arlington Park. The photo was submitted by Graham Wedeven who tells me, “I hope this dolphin helps to keep everyone’s spirits high as we finish up this very long winter.”
Image Credit: Graham Wedeven
I’m also having fun reading my facebook and twitter (@nicholasweather) pages to see how you are filling in the blanks to update the age-old saying about March…keep your ideas coming!!
Fill in the blanks – Submit your answer to Nicholas Ferreri via facebook and twitter (@nicholasweather)