Saturday, January 31, 2009

Global Warming Blues, perhaps...

Monster Ground Hog Day Storm May Be First of Many

This could be one to write home about... we'll see... AccuWeather.com reports that a
storm which could bring a major snowfall to parts of the East next week is part of the major weather change going on across the country. AccuWeather.com Expert Meteorologist Joe Bastardi says the pattern across the eastern part of the country will yield several major snowstorms that could bring snowfall for the year above normal in many areas, including the major cities along the I-95 corridor. The storm coming Monday and Tuesday next week will track from the Gulf of Mexico to a position near Baltimore by Tuesday morning.

The Flood Coming?

The exact track of the storm will draw the line between which areas of the East receive substantial snow or heavy rain. It will also determine how many places in the Southeast will be threatened by severe weather.

A track along or just west of the Appalachian Mountains would result in disruptive snow from the Ohio Valley to the eastern Great Lakes. Soaking rain would spread over the rest of the Eastern Seaboard with potentially damaging thunderstorms from the eastern Carolinas to Florida.

A plethora of moisture being drawn into the storm could produce 1 to 2 inches of rain. Flooding could ensue, especially in the Northeast where the frozen ground will not be able to soak up the rain water.

A deep snowpack over New England and the mid-Atlantic's interior will further heighten the potential for flooding. If the snow fails to absorb all of the rain, the combination of rain and melting snow could severely swell streams and rivers.
Meanwhile, Down Under...

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