Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Storms of January 2010

The transportation, agricultural, and construction industries may benefit from the brief long-range weather forecasts that are presented here for January 2010. Of course anyone can benefit from a little advance knowledge of approaching weather patterns. This list of locations and dates for stormy periods is by no means comprehensive. Here’s wishing all my readers a Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year.

New England

January 4-5, 2009
There is strong potential for a Nor’easter type storm to hit the New England area with cold, snow, and windy conditions.

East U.S.

January 13-16, 2009
A major winter storm is indicated for the Great Lakes area southward through the Ohio Valley and into the Southeast. High wind, snow, and falling temperatures assail the area. The storm then moves into the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast disrupting travel and causing power outages.

January 27-31
Another significant winter storm forms over the East Central States (Michigan southward to the Gulf Coast). By the 29th and 30th, storm warnings should be posted for New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware as the storm moves eastward into New England.

Mississippi Valley

January 10-12
A storm system or front affects the southern Plains and Upper Mississippi Valley.

January 25-27
A strong low pressure area is shown over the central Mississippi Valley.

January 29-31
A strong storm system is indicated over the Mississippi Valley with an area of severe weather over Mississippi and Alabama around the 31st.


January 4-5

A storm system develops along the east side of the Rockies as moist air, drawn from the Gulf, collides with cooler air from the north. One scenario is that the storm system ejects into the Plains bringing cold and windy conditions behind the low. Or the cold and windy conditions may be the result of a front stretching from the central Plains to the western Great Lakes.

January 7-10
Warm, moist air begins to move northward over Texas and the southern Plains around the 7th bringing a chance of showers. By the 9th, the potential for storminess is heightened. Most of the activity may be over Texas.

January 26-27
Cold air invades the Plains out of Canada creating stormy conditions as a powerful cold front pushes westward.


January 2-5

The arrival of warm, moisture-laden air over the Rockies on the 2nd and 3rd will battle with a cold Canadian air mass resulting in windy conditions or a storm center producing winds.

January 7
A sharp cold front pushes southward over the Rockies lowering temperatures.

January 10
A trough of low pressure digs into the southern Rockies.

January 21-22
A fresh push of cold air over the Rockies will react with its warm, moist counterpart resulting in a storm system.

January 24-25
Another period when contrary air masses clash over the Rockies resulting in showers.


January 13-16

Inclement weather will plague the Intermountain West as a strong front or low pressure area ushers in wind, rain, and snow.

January 21-24
Another batch of wind and rain heads toward the Pacific Northwest and into the Intermountain West.

January 26-31
An active weather pattern develops off the Pacific Northwest coast and hurls wind and rain in Washington, Oregon, and California. It appears that a number of fronts will ride through the area between these dates and push into the Intermountain West.

Introduction to the Weather Alternative

How Long-Range Forecasts Are Made

Christmas and New Year's Weather Forecast United States and Europe

Super Bowl Sunday 2010 Weather Forecast

Saint Patrick's Day 2010 Weather Forecast

The Case Against the Case Against the Virgin Birth
By Jeremy Lott

Every year at about this time, readers can count on a few Christmas-themed articles appearing in newspapers and magazines that question the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ. It really is something to see the wide variety of people who get worked up over this ancient Christian belief.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

More December 2009 Results and Coming Christmas Storm

In the comments section of the Thanksgiving 2009 Forecast Results post, I included a few forecasts for the West Coast. Here's an update on how they're playing out.

The forecast for Dec 13-16, indicated that there would be a rain event around Nevada and southern California. As can be seen from the Accuweather map at left for Dec 13, a low pressure area centered over Nevada was bringing rain, snow, and windy conditions to the area.

I expected similar weather for that area on the 15th and 16th. Things cleared up considerably, however, although by the 16th there was light rain and mountain snow reported in central California.

For the 15th and 16th, I called for a strong storm off the West Coast pushing its way into the Pacific Northwest. The Accuweather map for the 15th at left shows a storm system with soaking rains hitting the Pacific Northwest. Another storm system hit the area on the 16th as well.

Christmas Storm

My Christmas and New Year's forecast was posted on November 7, 2009 and called for a strong winter storm to hit the Mississippi Valley and East Central States between December 22-26. This potential storm is just now becoming apparent to conventional forecasters. Today Accuweather reports "Furthermore, there is a shot at a major winter storm affecting the Central part of the country next Wednesday and Thursday, shifting into the East just in time for Christmas." That would be the 23rd and 24th--the exact time and place pointed to in my long-range forecast. We'll see how this plays out.

Introduction to the Weather Alternative

How Long-Range Forecasts Are Made

Christmas and New Year's Weather Forecast United States and Europe

Super Bowl Sunday 2010 Weather Forecast

Saint Patrick's Day 2010 Weather Forecast

The Star of Bethlehem

Here's an interesting web site with great information on the Star of Bethlehem.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Some December 2009 Forecast Results

In the comments section of my last post, I made a few forecasts regarding California for December 2009. The first one was for a stormy California around December 7th.

The Weather Channel map at left is for the 7th and shows a powerhouse storm hitting the state. Accuweather reported "A huge storm plowing into south-central California today will bring heavy rain and heavy mountain snow with it. Behind the storm's cold front tonight, gusty winds will blast through Southern California into Arizona."

The next forecast called for a warm and dry influence over California between the 9th and 10th of December. The Weather Channel map at right is for December 9th. The state was dry and southern California was mild in the low 60s according to the Weather Channel. It wasn't much of a warm up, however, and on the 10th rain showers and mountain snow returned to California.

The next portion of the forecast is for the 13th through the 16th calling for a rain event for southern California and Nevada. As we speak, this is beginning to take place. I'll keep you posted.

Introduction to the Weather Alternative

How Long-Range Forecasts Are Made

Christmas and New Year's Weather Forecast United States and Europe

Super Bowl Sunday 2010 Weather Forecast

Saint Patrick's Day 2010 Weather Forecast

A Christmas Poem

When it's Christmas man is bigger
and is better in his part;
He is keener for the service
that is prompted by the heart.
All the petty thoughts and narrow
seem to vanish for a while,
And the true reward he's seeking
is the glory of a smile.
Then for others he is toiling
and somehow it seems to me
That at Christmas he is almost
what God wanted him to be.
-Edgar A. Guest