Christmas Eve storm

By: Levi32 , 4:25 PM GMT on December 24, 2007

The storm I talked about yesterday has pulled up east of Kodiak Island this morning deepening rapidly in the 970s. This low is throwing snow northward and will envelope the southern Kenai Peninsula in the next couple hours. Again cold air remains entrenched, and the warm air from the low is getting forced to move above the cold air. As the air is forced up it condenses into clouds and we get what is called overrunning snow, because the warm air overruns the cold air at the surface. A snow advisory has been issued for Kachemak Bay, specifically the Homer Bluff(my house again:). 3-8 inches expected today, but a lot depends on the track of the low, which is unusually uncertain this morning. The models are jumping all over the place with the track of this thing, and any minor change could shift the axis of heaviest snow and the snow amounts themselves dramatically. Bottom line though a lot of areas will get more Christmas snow with this system as it drifts northeast through Prince William Sound this evening. Tomorrow for Christmas Day we have an interesting setup of a trough moving through with strong cold advection from the west, which could set up some more snow for the western Kenai Peninsula. Again this is our lake-effect deal, and it can be very potent under right conditions. Merry Christmas Eve!

We shall see what happens!

AKZ121-250500-
/X.EXT.PAFC.SN.Y.0026.071224T1653Z-071225T0600Z/
WESTERN KENAI PENINSULA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...KENAI...SOLDOTNA...HOMER...
COOPER LANDING
753 AM AST MON DEC 24 2007

...SNOW ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM AST THIS EVENING...

THE SNOW ADVISORY IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM AST THIS EVENING.

A STRONG AREA OF LOW PRESSURE JUST SOUTH AND EAST OF KODIAK
ISLAND WILL SEND SNOW NORTH INTO THE KENAI PENINSULA BY LATE THIS
MORNING. THE HEAVIEST SNOW IN THE WESTERN KENAI WILL BE AROUND
KACHEMAK BAY...WITH 4 TO 10 INCHES OF ACCUMULATION EXPECTED LATE
THIS MORNING THROUGH THIS EVENING. THE HIGHEST AMOUNTS WILL BE
AROUND SELDOVIA AND ON THE HOMER BLUFF. NORTHEAST WINDS OF 15 TO
30 MPH ARE EXPECTED TO ACCOMPANY THE SNOW...POSSIBLY LEADING TO
AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW.

A SNOW ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY
TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND
LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

$$
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27. AKSnowLuvr
5:06 AM GMT on April 16, 2008
Good to see you Levi! Glad you're hanging in there... looking forward to your predictions for this year's hurricane season. :)
Cheers!
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26. stormdude77
10:46 PM GMT on April 12, 2008
Levi, It's good to see you back, see you during the Hurricane season...
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25. seflagamma
10:40 PM GMT on April 12, 2008
Levi,

so glad to see you back again! Was hoping you would return soon. I am sure you have been busy with school stuff all winter! We will need you in a few months when 'Cane season begins!
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24. Levi32
4:57 PM GMT on April 11, 2008
rofl at both of you!

Quas according to the "scientists" global warming has already invited itself into our living room to help stoke the fire and make it warmer lol, and I disagree but....it all depends on how you look at it :)
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23. quasigeostropic
4:48 PM GMT on April 11, 2008
Levi, you come out you rascal you, or I'll bring global warming to your state!LOL
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22. HurricaneGeek
4:43 PM GMT on April 11, 2008
yeah but we melt at 55° so its all relative LMAO!!! :)
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21. Levi32
4:41 PM GMT on April 11, 2008
Yes lol I'm always telling people about how we tied HI, it's awesome, we're not such an igloo after all lol. Wow yeah it's been warm down there, I'd melt in your summer temps though lol even without the humidity.....here I die at about 75 degrees with 50% humidity lol.
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20. HurricaneGeek
4:32 PM GMT on April 11, 2008
That's nice! did you know that AK and HI have the same official high temperature of 100°? Here, your summers are our winters, especially this year. The majority of the days this past winter saw highs in the 70's to 80's. We got as low as 35 in the first week of Jan. That was our coldest this winter. I think up near the North FL, (Gainesville, Tallahassee, etc..) temps. were in the 20's and teen wind chill... about :) I am dreading the summers here... 90's the humidity. The humidity is what bites, the 90's is "ok".
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19. Levi32
4:27 PM GMT on April 11, 2008
lol....in the interior they get 90s and sometimes close to 100(which is the "official" state record...in 2005 though there were unofficial reports of up to 104 degrees). Closer to home near the coast where I live my personal house record is 78 degrees, but just a little inland they hit 85+ during hot summers. With La Nina possibly weakening for the summer I'm not sure how hot/dry this summer will be but if it's "normal" that means comfortable upper 60s to low 70s lots of the time =)
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18. HurricaneGeek
4:20 PM GMT on April 11, 2008
Thanks, you too!

I notice that its 18° there, it's 81° here LOL. What's your weather like in summer? Temp. wise?
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17. Levi32
4:17 PM GMT on April 11, 2008
Hey, yeah very crazy lol.........and lotsa school......haven't been able to post much(if you didn't notice lol), and we've actually had a very boring winter weather-wise here anyway. I'm definitely gonna be around more by May/June for the hurricane season. Hope you guys are all doing well.
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16. HurricaneGeek
3:48 PM GMT on April 09, 2008
hi welcome back! :-)
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15. AKSnowLuvr
3:34 PM GMT on April 09, 2008
Hey there! Long time no see! Are you studying hard? How's life treating you? :)
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14. Levi32
5:07 AM GMT on January 10, 2008
Lol, I don't know how much we got today because I'm in Anchorage at the hotel right now. Went right past Sterling and you have a few inches :D We have 30 inch snow pack at my house in Homer, far less in town though maybe a foot. Annoying 2 inches of new snow every morning to shovel...I'd rather have all of it in one big dump! My mom and I are taking college exams up here so it's gruelling, and I'm sick to boot but it's fun lol. Enjoying the snow :)
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13. AKSnowLuvr
6:35 PM GMT on January 09, 2008
I'm not even going to ask you how much snow you have now... :D I know it's a lot! How's everything?
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12. Lank
2:48 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
Glad you got your snow!

While we were having dinner with friends Christmas afternoon the snow began to fall. When people left for home around 8:00 it took a while for them to get their cars ready to move.

This morning I see that we are under a heavy snow warning. More may be on the way for those of us on the eastern slopes of the Cascades in central Oregon.

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas yesterday!

Milo
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11. Levi32
8:23 PM GMT on December 25, 2007
Yeah I hope so, it's been pretty cold this last week. Pattern still favors snow and cold =)
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10. DenverMark
8:13 PM GMT on December 25, 2007
I noticed the Chukchi Sea finally got frozen back over and the Bering Sea is freezing over. Now for some good cold air to build up in Siberia and move across into Alaska!!
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9. DenverMark
8:08 PM GMT on December 25, 2007
It looks like we'll get some more snow Thursday, then get a little warmer over the weekend. There's a chance that some Arctic air may drop south into our area by the middle of next week. So far, we're having a pretty decent winter!
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8. Levi32
8:07 PM GMT on December 25, 2007
Merry Christmas Mark! That's great, you got a nice little front in there. Will be gone soon but sounds like you have some decent amounts :)
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7. DenverMark
8:01 PM GMT on December 25, 2007
Merry Christmas Levi!!
It's a White Christmas for us in Denver...Winter Storm Warning. We've had 4" at our place so far and still snowing real good! Up to 10" so far in the foothills.
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6. Levi32
7:52 PM GMT on December 25, 2007
LOL gamma in the old days...we had white Halloweens every single year, but 3 out of last 5 haven't even been snowy for Christmas. We actually got lucky, it snowed the last week before Christmas this year :) Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

Merry Christmas to all! =)
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5. seflagamma
7:42 PM GMT on December 25, 2007
Hi Levi and family,

You always get a White Christmas don't you?

LOL Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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Merry Christmas from our home to yours!
Love,
Gams & Poppy
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4. Raysfan70
12:28 PM GMT on December 25, 2007
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Merry Christmas {{Levi}!
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2. Levi32
6:29 PM GMT on December 24, 2007
I hope this is the one for you. I don't mean to boast lol but we have 16 inches on my snow stake in the back yard. Technically a white Christmas, I'm happy :) I'm sure you'll get some either today or tomorrow you have 2 shots.
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1. AKSnowLuvr
5:28 PM GMT on December 24, 2007
Looks like this one might stick with us for a little while! woo hoo! So far we've only gotten a total of maybe and inch in the last week... this might be the one? :D
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