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Welcome to Spring!

By: Astrometeor, 12:40 AM GMT on March 23, 2014

A bit of a late welcome, but spring has started officially on March 1st 2014 per the weather calendar. And, of course, Mother Nature won't allow us to celebrate yet, she dealt us a winter storm from March 2nd to March 3rd 2014. Some more cold weather to kick off this week, lows can be expected all the way down to 22 degrees here in Middle Tennessee!

And, according to the astronomy calendar, spring started officially 11:57 AM CDT on March 20, 2014. Hopefully we will see a gradual exodus from this cold winter weather.

As always, the Nashville National Weather Service does a general recap of the past winter. For this year, here is what they decided to note:

29th Coldest Winter on Record


PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NASHVILLE TN
309 AM CST SUN MAR 2 2014

...METEOROLOGICAL WINTER IN NASHVILLE WAS THE 29TH COLDEST ON RECORD...

THE TEMPERATURE FROM DECEMBER 2013 THROUGH FEBRUARY 2014 AVERAGED 37.6
DEGREES WHICH IS 2.3 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. DECEMBER WAS ABOVE NORMAL
IN TEMPERATURE BY NEARLY ONE DEGREE WHILE JANUARY AND FEBRUARY WERE
BOTH COLDER THAN NORMAL. THE COLDEST TEMPERATURE DURING THE WINTER
WAS 2 DEGREES ABOVE ZERO AND THE WARMEST WAS 78 DEGREES.THE METEOROLOGICAL
WINTER 2013-14 RANKS AS THE 29TH COLDEST ON RECORD.THE COLDEST TEMPERATURE
DURING THE WINTER WAS 2 DEGREES AND THE WARMEST WAS 78 DEGREES.

ALTHOUGH THIS WINTER WAS COLDER THAN NORMAL THERE HAVE BEEN FOUR
OTHER WINTERS SINCE THE YEAR 2000 THAT HAVE BEEN COLDER...THEY ARE
2010-11...2009-10...2002-03 AND 2000-01. THE COLDEST WINTER ON
RECORD WAS IN 1977-78 AND THE WARMEST WAS IN 1889-90.

SNOWFALL THROUGH FEBRUARY HAS TOTALED 1.4 INCHES. THE AVERAGE
WINTER SNOWFALL SINCE SNOWFALL RECORD KEEPING BEGAN BACK IN THE
WINTER OF 1884-85 IS 8.5 INCHES. OVER THE LAST 30 YEARS IT HAS
BEEN CLOSER TO 6.5 INCHES.

SNOWFALL BY MONTH 2013-14...

NOVEMBER 0.5 INCH
DECEMBER 0.4
JANUARY 0.4
FEBRUARY 0.1

RAINFALL FOR THE WINTER OF 2013-14 TOTALED 15.68 INCHES MAKING IT
ONE OF THE WETTER METEOROLOGICAL WINTERS ON RECORD IN NASHVILLE.
DECEMBER WAS A VERY WET MONTH WITH NEARLY 8 INCHES OF RAIN. JANUARY
WAS BELOW NORMAL WITH 2.61 INCHES...WHILE 5.09 INCHES FELL IN
FEBRUARY...WHICH IS A LITTLE OVER AN INCH ABOVE NORMAL.

THE WETTEST WINTER WAS BACK IN 1881-82 WHEN 27.97 INCHES FELL.
THE DRIEST WINTER WAS IN 1985-86 WHEN 4.76 INCHES FELL.


$$
BOYD
(NWS Source)

So, while we had some bitter cold snaps this past winter, overall it wasn't as bad as some global warming deniers would like you to believe. To comically support what I'm saying, here is my (current) favorite xkcd:



Moving on, I sincerely hope that we could have a decent severe weather season this year, along with some warm weather. After having my dreams for a snowy winter crushed by cold, dry air; I would like to have a warm spring to round out my senior year.

Sooner or later the area around me will go into full bloom. One of the prettiest sights of the season, I say. One of the few times when you can enjoy all of the flowers (if you don't have the allergies to match) and greenery without the bugs. Then summer and bugs will come and I'm either indoors or on a grassy field where the bugs are less.

Anyways, welcome to spring! My favorite part is the tornado season...but we have so far had an extremely boring season:

Quoting 483. TropicalAnalystwx13:
The good thing about these endless arctic intrusions is that they have kept tornado activity to a minimum. If we don't see any more touchdowns this month, March 2014 will go down as the slowest March in recorded history/ever.


I would really like to see that pick up, I'm an avid fan of thunderstorms and the severe weather side of meteorology!

Thanks for reading, and please leave comments below!

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Pictures of 2014 March Ice and Snow Storm

By: Astrometeor, 11:47 PM GMT on March 04, 2014

So, as everyone should know by now, there has been a rather magnificent ice/sleet/snowstorm that has affected over 100 million persons in the United States. This same storm brought heavy rains and mudslides to drought-ridden California. This storm, which The Weather Channel has dubbed 'Titan', has delivered up to 1” of ice and 8” of sleet in some areas, notably 6” of sleet in Clarksville, TN.

Here are some pictures that were sent in to the NWS WFO at Nashville, TN.

For me, I received roughly ½” of ice and ½” of snow. This caused minor (and dead) branches to fall and 3 transformers in my neighborhood to go. At the peak, I believe that there were 6,000 customers in Metro Nashville without power. I lost power in and out (I suppose ice on the power line) throughout Sunday night, but we always got it right back. The weight of the ice hurt mainly the evergreen pines here on my 7.75 acre property, bending them downwards, some all the way to the ground. Without breaking.

Not sure if I will have school tomorrow, I was out both yesterday and today from this system. Today was our last allotted snow day, so any more days will have to be caught up upon in one of three ways.
1. Use days from the upcoming spring break.
2. If there are holiday breaks coming, use those days.
3. Tack on days at the end of the year.
Again, this will only happen if we get out of school anymore due to snow, ice, cold, or even other anomalies such as tornadoes and floods.

Current School Closures

And so, here are some pictures that my mother took with her Pentax camera:


Here's my CoCoRaHS rain gauge stuck firmly in place to its 4x4. I removed the inner cylinder Sunday night to prevent the inner column from freezing. Good thing too.


Frozen weather station. Somehow the thermometer kept going, but the wind vane and the anemometer were frozen stuck. Can't turn them.


Bow down to your weather master!


This just hurts to look at. Poor daffodils. Almost made it to bloom. We shall see if they survive or not. That was a pretty crushing blow they received.


More frosty trees and snow covered driveway and front yard.


Gives you an idea of how much ice we got, not too bad, but just enough to cause those pesky power outages.


This is one of my favorite images, the pine here looks so cool with all of that drooping.


Hmm...seems like someone was trying to get an early jump on the budding process. Ouch.


Bird tracks here. Also saw deer tracks, and tracks from my dog, cat, and of course, family and I.


Here's that cool drooping thing again, this time in front of my shed.


The birds usually eat these berries, must be a little hard going for them the last several days.

I still have a couple of pictures I want to share with the blogging world, will try to get those up as soon as possible. Thanks for reading and please leave a comment below!

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Science Olympiad Results and Winter Weather

By: Astrometeor, 8:23 PM GMT on March 02, 2014

First off, my school (MLK) won 2nd place in the High School Division yesterday at Volunteer State Community College for the Science Olympiad Regional Competition, which means we will compete on April 12 at the state competition. So, go team! I won third place along with my partner in the event Dynamic Planet, which had a focus this year on glaciers. However, the test didn't cover much on climatic cycles, so I was unable to use all of my Weather Underground knowledge. The only question about the climate dealt with the Milankovitch cycle, and I know I got that question right.

Unfortunately, the middle schoolers got 4th place, which makes them an alternate to state. Being an alternate team means they only go if for some reason one of the top three is unable to. The MS half of MLK seemed to collect most of the medals amongst the two teams they sent...so unfortunate they can't go.

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On to winter weather!

Massive and powerful winter storm moving across the nation right now, same storm that brought extremely heavy rain and mudslides to drought-stricken California.

Nashville is under a Winter Storm Warning and nearby Hopkinsville, KY is under an Ice Storm Warning. Massive and crippling storm this will be if the forecast holds true









Nashville's Winter Storm Warning

Ice Storm Warning for Hopkinsville

I shall post updates whenever possible, and as the storm progresses and new information comes out. For those affected, remember this: The NWS comes first, then local news channels, then the blogs. Order of reliability. The blogs are good for up-to-the-second information, but you should always check with your local weatherman for the most concrete news.

Thanks for reading and please stay tuned to the weather. The next 48 hours will surely be interesting!

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