The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

20 January 2007

What's behind Storm Number Three?

The Weather Guys are still tweaking the forecast for the rest of the day, but right now it looks like a nice frozen-daiquiri mist followed by great heaping globs of snow. In front of entirely too many people yesterday I went out on a limb (and it was cold, too) and projected 4.2 inches of frozen stuff for the period; since then, the official forecast has been revised to come closer to my numbers. Further revisions should be expected.

In the meantime, well, it's still around the freezing point, making the sixth day since the beginning of Storm Number Two, a week ago Friday, that they'd called the morning low a bit too low. Perhaps to compensate, they scraped the top off the highs; we got within spitting distance of 40 degrees once or twice, but no closer, and there's been no sunshine for nine days. (Apparently the default sky condition at NWS is "Fair"; there's a whole day's worth of "Fair" at the Wiley Post observation point that must have resulted from someone not filling in the form. The skies have been rather less blue than, say, the Danube.)

The lesson in all of this, of course, is that despite our best efforts to develop a meatier meteorology, Nature is always ready to throw us a curve, usually incompatible with the computer models. Remember that during the coming Ice Age Period of Hotness.

Posted at 8:55 AM to Weather or Not


Stop hogging all the damn frozen precip!

Posted by: McGehee at 11:34 AM on 20 January 2007

Yeah, Chaz, I'm with McGehee.

Posted by: MikeH at 11:45 AM on 20 January 2007

If it's any consolation, we've had hardly any so far, thirteen hours into Blizzard Day: there was a little sprinkling of ice earlier, but now there's rain, and 33-degree rain at that. I actually got out to Braum's to restock bananas and chocolate and such.

Wouldn't it be a kick if all of this presumed inch of precipitation turned out to be mere rain? I'm not betting the farm on it, but a third of it's already fallen with no actual snow.

Posted by: CGHill at 1:13 PM on 20 January 2007

We've got a couple inches at The Poor Farm, and a couple more are supposedly on the way. By itself, not much of a snowstorm, but after all the preceding weather - well, it's getting pretty irritating.

Of course, we all say "It's good for the wheat." Yeah, whatever, it'll probably hail the snot out of it this spring. BTDT.

Posted by: Jeffro at 1:39 PM on 20 January 2007

It wasn't all that long ago that all the hype was about Global Cooling, the next Ice Age and all that. All this was scientifically proven, beyond a shadow, and only fools didn't buy in. Natch. To cover all bases, we're also told that Global Warming can CAUSE Global Cooling. The one constant: These 'coming disasters' are always the fault of Republicans.

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 3:29 PM on 20 January 2007

The snow has begun on my street, but it's still slightly above freezing and the stuff isn't sticking particularly well yet.

While setting the VCR for Heroes, I caught the Channel 52 weather guy pointing out how he, unlike some he could name, didn't go overboard with the predictions.

Posted by: CGHill at 5:58 PM on 20 January 2007

And we wound up with as close to zero as we could get without actually having zero.

I will, of course, boast Monday about how I was slightly less full of crap than the experts were.

Posted by: CGHill at 9:56 AM on 21 January 2007