Respect the wind. When you don't, bad things tend to happen.
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23 Mar 2008
I know this is a dicey topic, because State College is Accuweather's home and it's also the home of Happy Valley and the University of Penn State. Around these parts, we give PSU little or no respect, and it's not because of Joe Paterno or quality of education. It goes down much deeper. Let me rewind the situation for you.
It's 2000 and the Lions narrowly missed making the playoffs by losing the final game. Ownership is tired of the current direction and decides to hire a FOX TV analyst named Matt Millen, who has no experience whatsoever. In the first three years that he was hired, his teams failed to win a road game, losing 24 in a row away from home and becoming one of the largest laughingstocks the NFL has ever seen.
His coaches have been laughable at best, from Marty Morhninweg who classically uttered the line "We'll take the wind" after winning the coin toss in Overtime which led to another loss in Chicago, to Steve Mariucci who was lackluster at best, and finally Rod Marinelli who is supposed to be a great defensive coach, but his team allowed 40 points four times this year. The draft picks under Millen's tutelage are horrible, and I know PSU is not to blame for that, but you did educate this man and you stand some kind of blame in this entire thing.
Finally, his overall record is one of the worst in history standing at 31-81 in his seven years of football. That's a winning percentage of under thirty percent. Henry Margusity would be fired if he had a consistency rating of 30% (Although this winter if Margusity was a football team he'd probably be about 8-8, he did over-speculate a few Big Daddy storms). If Jesse ran a board that was 30% efficient, I'm pretty sure this place would be torn down. For anyone else this would be a major problem, but for Matt Millen, he was given a five-year contract extension from the owner.
Yes, I could blame the owner for all of this stuff, but Ford Motor Company has a bunch of problems on its own. If we lost Ford by them going bankrupt, the economy would plummet. If we lost Millen, most people around here would throw a party. Yes, Penn State! We do not like you. We wish you would take your great linebacker and awful football mind back to Beaver Stadium. Let him replace Paterno. Give him an assistant coach's role. Just have him out of here as GM. We've been stuck with this nonsense for seven years, it's time he goes back home on his Harley to stay....
7 Feb 2008
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6 Feb 2008
Hello to all the weather fans out there once again! Usually, I would go in long earnest over our own weather in the Midwest which I will touch on briefly here, but the top story is definitely the major outbreak of tornadoes that happened last night.
I have a trivia question for everyone...
Q: Since 1999, what year has seen the most "tornado emergencies" with violent, long-track tornadoes hitting larger cities endangering countless amounts of lives?
A: WINTER 2008.
Yep, you read that right. I'm taking this from Wikipedia who cites ten different times when a "tornado emergency" has been issued for a major city. Of those ten, FIVE are in the last two months. That's an amazing statistic if you think about it. Winter 2008 has seen just as many of these critical situations as all of the other years COMBINED!!
What does this say about our planet? Some political people claim that global warming does not exist, that temperatures continue to fluctuate no matter what. This is correct to a point, but how would you explain the past five months? Why are 60's dewpoints all the way into Kentucky? Why did Detroit get to 64 degrees in the beginning of January? I think it is making a major factor on the weather as a whole in the United States. I'll ask the other meteorologists out there, how many times have you seen TWO major outbreaks of tornadoes in the same winter? How about three from October to February (and we're just getting started with this month!)? Sure, Gulf coast states can have tornadoes still in the winter months, but places like Kenosha, Wisconsin? What's going on?!?!?
I don't know what this all means for our severe weather months in the spring. It's either going to be a heck of a lot worse, or a heck of a lot better. Let's hope that it's NOT this bad coming up this April and May. If things DID get WORSE then tonight, we could be talking about a super-outbreak on our hands, and that's not something to get excited for. I'm into weather, but I would not like to see a more widespread tornado outbreak then what we had tonight. At last check, 26 people have lost their lives all across the South, and all prayers should be with those families. My heartfelt condolences go out to all of you.
On a personal note, when you see destruction like you saw tonight, you begin to wonder about the power of Mother Nature. Now with me wanting to go on a StormChase, it seems inconsequential to do so after seeing scenes of mayhem everywhere. Weather almost seems pointless, when it comes to the value of human life and how many were affected by what happened today. I will say this though: The meteorologists at SPC from Steven Corfidi, Rich Thompson, and Jack Hales all the way down to the regional offices for your local NWS office did an incredible job tonight. Think about how many lives were possibly saved by their watches and their fantastic job alerting the public. Kudos to all of them for their tremendous effort!!
Alright, now on to the Midwestern weather scene for a quick minute. Tonight in Michigan we've seen the entire mixed bag. It was raining, then the temperature dropped and we got a quick coating of sleet. The temperature then rebounded and we got back into the rain sector. We are under a Winter Storm Warning here until 9PM tonight, and it's possible we could get 4-8 inches here tonight. Chicago could see close to a foot. A dry slot could affect precipitation in both spots, and it could very well be a repeat of the last storm that hit here. Arctic air will filter in behind the next system on the weekend, and again temperatures will struggle to climb into the teens here for highs by Sunday.
By the way, our total here was 3" last week. I know Chicago had many places that were at or above a foot when all is said and done. I'll bring you totals from this storm tomorrow after the storm ends. Also, don't forget to send your totals to Snowmatrix so they can keep track of all that good stuff!!
The East coast today looks like they are to be hit by the same system that hit the South yesterday. Tornadoes can't completely be ruled out, but I really do think it will be more of a squall line. I don't think the shear will be as strong tomorrow with the system, but I do believe that the cold front will be more then enough to keep storms going with the potential for many damaging wind gusts all up and down the coast. I could be wrong, but then again, with this winter it has become commonplace that anything is INDEED POSSIBLE.
Next week, I'll look a little more in-depth on the Midwest, and I'm sorry that I kind of slighted the Northeast in this edition and didn't give an outlook for the next two weeks. But outbreaks like this don't come very often, and people of the South will always remember "The Super Tuesday Outbreak".
Until next time, keep your eyes on the sky...
29 Jan 2008
First off, I'd like to thank everyone involved in the forum, from the administrators and Jesse to all the other weather enthusiasts out there in the community. We are all great weather fans and in this blog, I will try to satisfy your appetite for information and offer some personal insights into what's going on with the latest in Midwestern weather, sneak previews for those in the Northeast megalopolis, and what's coming down the pike.
Onto the blog itself, and the weather in the Midwest is starting off with a huge temperature change as a potent (and I mean POTENT) low pressure area is tracking through the region with an associated strong cold front. Interestingly enough, checking the barometric pressure here in Detroit right now it is at 28.97 inches! This rivals the intensity of a small hurricane in the tropics, and it's unreal to see the barometer EVER drop below 29.00 inches. Not surprisingly, temperatures are about to take a huge nosedive, as evidenced in Chicago. It was near 50 degrees earlier in the day, and right now, the temperature is a frigid 7 degrees! The temperature here right now is 47, so I guess you really can tell where the front is!! We are under a winter weather advisory from 12 Midnight until 9AM tomorrow morning, as snow will come in with the front's passing. Not expecting much around here, maybe an inch or so, but the big story comes in on Friday.
A storm system should be making a track towards the Ohio Valley. This storm is expected to deepen as it passes by dumping a nice swath of snow on most of the Great Lakes region. The storm track is not favorable in places like Louisville and Cincinnati, but they could receive an inch as the low passes by. I'm thinking about 6-10 inches here in Detroit with locally higher amounts the closer you go to Lake Erie. Chicago will be on the cusp of it, and could receive an inch, but the track looks too far east for any heavy snow. In the Northeast, Baltimore could have a significant icing event on their hands Thursday night, before it switches over to rain. New York could have a period of freezing rain on Thursday night, but again, things will change back over to rain on Friday. Boston will see the entire mixed bag, and on the interior they could get a few places with some measurable snowfall. It looks to be a freezing rain and sleet event at State College as well, and it looks like the I-95 corridor will have to wait for their "Big Daddy" snowstorm!
In the upcoming week or so, the weather pattern should make yet ANOTHER shift on the heels of the next storm system. Models show warmer air funneling into the Midwest, with places seeing normal to ABOVE normal temperatures by the beginning of next week. Any snow cover that got there on Friday, might again be gone by Monday or Tuesday. By the middle of next week, there could be another Arctic front coming down which will knock temperatures back. It doesn't look like the active weather pattern for us is going to end anytime soon. Unfortunately for snow lovers in the Northeast, it does not look too promising according to the Climate Prediction Center. The next fourteen days shows most of it in Above normal temperatures, with the major hubs even more certain for warmth. Stay tuned though, there's still almost two months of winter to go!!
Finally, this week is an anniversary of a huge storm that lives in Midwestern lore. On January 26, 1978 a powerful blizzard moved across the region blanketing everything in snow that was measured in feet and winds that made it difficult to walk, let alone drive. The lowest barometric pressure in the entire history of the United States apart from a hurricane was recorded with this storm, 28.28 inches near Cleveland, Ohio!! For all those that want to see more about the great storm, including a surface map can go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Blizzard_of_1978 for more information!! In all, 70 people lost their lives in this tremendous storm which the National Weather Serice classified as a "rare severe blizzard"!!
Thanks for all those that decided to read this week and I do hope you enjoyed the look inside the past, present, and future of Midwestern weather. I'll be back next with some actual snow totals from the Friday storm and much more! Until next time, keep your eyes on the sky!
22 Jan 2008
1. July 2, 1997
2. July 7, 1991 (Great Lakes Derecho)
3. January 2, 1999 (Blizzard of '99)
4. July 25, 1998
5. August 24, 2007
5. August 24, 2007
This was a storm that caught most of us off-guard. SPC had put us in a slight risk for most of the day, and even I was not sure about what was going to happen. We were put under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch in Detroit, and as the storms came into the area, they spawned a few tornadoes in the western part of the area. There were a few kinks and inflections within the line, and it destroyed a few homes in Cohoctah Township. It took out our power, and I experienced wind gusts to about 70 MPH. There weren't that many storms that caused lightning like I saw during this one.
4. July 25, 1998
I say the 25th, but in reality I am not sure. I DO know that it was '98 for sure. This was the only time that I actually called the NWS and made a report, the winds were so strong (think 80 mph+) that it was taking off my awning one nail at a time. I'm outside trying to hold it up with one hand as the wind is blowing so hard that I can not even see. The aftermath was, my spotting possibly saved lives, but alas, one person was still killed in the storm. An 8-year old was crushed when a BlockBuster video sign fell directly on him. It was one of those times where I felt kind of empty, like I had not done enough.
3. January 2, 1999 (Blizzard of '99)
Okay, only one winter event up here, sorry snow lovers! This one happened directly after we had seen readings in the 60's for quite a few days. The weather quickly changed and a low pressure system took a perfect path for snow. We were under Blizzard Warnings for around 12 hours, and the storm lasted a duration of around 18 hours. I would say about 13 inches of snow fell here, but the drifts were three feet at least. Going outside to walk after that was a major pain, where one step might not be that bad, the next would put you knee-deep in a snow drift. I have never seen it snow that hard before, and with the wind blowing around 40 mph, it made going outside quite a dangerous task.
2. July 7, 1991 (Great Lakes Derecho)
I was very young when this storm hit, but still remember quite vividly the impacts that we had during this storm. The movement of the storm was unbelievable, I remember looking up one second and the sky was blue, and the next the sky was as dark as the night. When it finally got here, the winds picked up over 80 MPH and we lost power for two days. It had blown numerous tree branches down all over the city and had caused severe damage to some parts. I still remember seeing the purple lightning with this one, some of the most unbelievable lightning bolts you would ever see.
1. July 2, 1997 (The Day Of The Tornadoes)
And finally, number 1! I'll set up the scenario for some of the meteorologists in here. It's been a warm time in Detroit, we've had several days in a row where we've been in the mid to upper 80's. A strong cold front is approaching from the west, in fact so strong, it's nearly a dryline. The temperature ahead of the front was 92 degrees with a dewpoint of around 75. Behind the front, the dewpoint is around 55 and the temperature drops twenty degrees. I'm outside with my buddy playing table tennis, and I told him "Today there's going to be a huge storm". He doesn't believe me, as it's mostly sunny and not a cloud in the sky at about 3PM. At this point, we are under a Tornado Watch and I look at the radar to see the biggest storms I've ever seen to this point. Absolute monsters. I watch as these three supercells work their way across Michigan, spawning deadly tornadoes along the way. An F3 in Holly. An F1 in Hamtramck. When the storm ACTUALLY got here itself, I remember everyone heading for the basement but myself. I don't know if you've ever seen a big ten foot tree bend ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE GROUND before, but that happened. The winds from this storm exceeded in places over 100 MPH. Damage was extensive all over the area, and it was a storm that totally stoked my entusiasm in weather!!
Hope this was an enjoyable post for everyone. Tell about your own experiences here! Thank you!!
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