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Lower Macungie Township Lehigh County PA
severe weather and snow storms
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26 Jan 2008
I finally come to the realization that based on the geography of Eastern PA and Central NJ, that we are officially the Virga Capital of the US. No where else have I experienced so much Virga on the local radar, especially the Lehigh Valley. As the air rises over the applachians, it drys out what snowbands form over the lakes or is carried by fronts. Normally, there is alot moisture with these squalls or fronts, but lately we have been the death valley of the eastern US. Even the NWS has got to be noticing this feature as exampled in their short term below. I guess I am upset to see winter come to end - no snow storms in sight for eastern pa --- especially that only 5" of snow in a normal 30" season is unreal. Everyday snow is forecasted and none falls. Do you agree?
SHORT TERM FORECAST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ
717 PM EST SAT JAN 26 2008
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...NEWTON...WASHINGTON...MORRISTOWN...
717 PM EST SAT JAN 26 2008
ANOTHER BAND OF FLURRIES WILL BE MOVING ACROSS THE AREA THIS
EVENING. THE PREVIOUS BAND COULD NOT MAKE IT DOWNWARD FROM THE
CLOUDS THROUGH THE DRY AIR. THIS ONE SHOULD HAVE A BETTER CHANCE
AS THE DETECTED INTENSITIES ARE STRONGER ON RADAR. TEMPERATURES
WILL REMAIN MAINLY IN THE MID 20S TO AROUND 30
15 Jan 2008
I am starting to become concerned that PA maybe in a drought by May if we do not start getting significant snowpack to enable a good recharge the groundwater tables. PA is known as the headwaters for the nations major rivers and unless we start getting some snowfall, the wells in PA will dry up. The river levels may hold because we are getting some rain but this runoff will not get the to groundwater table. Rain on fozen bare ground after Friday runs off, so any rise in the river levels is a farce. La Nina patterns usually leads to drought and to start off the year in a snow drought is not good news. It appears that there will be no big stoms in our immediate horizon for the next several weeks and unless we get a big daddy, the PA hydrologists should be issuing drought watches again. What peaks my curosity is the soil temps have to be at record highs because until this Friday, a majority of PA has not experienced frozen soils thus far this year. The air temp has been cool but the soils are not completley frozen in alot of PA.
15 Jan 2008 - 14:36
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