Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Recap of first major winter storm of 2009-2010 season

The last few days have been amazingly active for U.S. weather with the 800-lb. gorilla being the massive low pressure system that ejected out of the southwestern U.S. Monday night, blasted through the Plains on Tuesday, and is now moving through the Great Lakes headed for the Northeast U.S. and southeastern Canada tomorrow. There was so much weather of many different types - wind and dust out west, rain in the desert, snow and blizzard conditions in the Plains and Midwest, flooding rains over the Mid-South, and severe thunderstorms and tornadoes in the Southeast. Next up - blizzard conditions winding down while the lake effect snow machine wraps up over the Great Lakes!

There is no way to do it all justice, but here are some links that provide you with some recap information for this storm, most of which come from NWS offices:

Here are also a few blog links that may be of interest:

CoCoRaHS Blog - a nice recap for the entire U.S.
Cloudy and Cool - blog post regarding the widespread nature of snow over the past week
ABC33/40 Weather Blog - extensive coverage and recap of the effects of the storms on the Birmingham area - Rainfall reports from Huntsville, wind reports from Birmingham, etc.
Nashville Weather Examiner - report on wind in middle TN and the toppling of the Christmas tree at the TN State Capitol

Locally, the WXLIVE! rain gauge in Bartlett, TN recorded 2.09" of rain on Tuesday, while the official Memphis observation was 2.03" at the airport. For more rainfall and snowfall reports from across the nation, check out the CoCoRaHS website, which shows rain and snow reports from volunteers with standardized equipment. (Click View Data or Maps once you get to the CoCoRaHS website.)

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