Good morning bloggers,
A major winter storm that had a strong spring component to it is continuing to move east and northeast this morning. Here are the storm reports from the Storm Prediction Center on Christmas Day:
This will go down as the worst severe weather outbreak ever on Christmas Day. Take a look at where the storm is heading with this surface forecast map valid at 6 AM Thursday:
A very strong 990 mb surface low is forecast to be on the Jersey shore tomorrow morning. Does this sound familiar? There have been many of these types of storm systems already in this year’s cycling weather pattern. This will be continuing to produce severe thunderstorms near the mid-Atlantic coast today and snow inland. The orange shaded area off the New England coast indicates 50 to 60 knot winds, or around 70 mph. While this strong storm is moving off the New England coast we have a system approaching Kansas City as you can see below on this next surface map valid at 6 PM Thursday:
Arctic air will continue to be in place. It was EIGHT DEGREES this morning in Kansas City. The black dashed line shows an inverted trough extending from a weak 1005 mb surface low over northern Mexico. This would usually be a set up for some snow in our area, but conditions just aren’t quite coming together. This next map shows the 500 mb flow valid at 6 PM Thursday:
The trough moving off the east coast has a very strong negative tilt to it, leaning from northwest to southeast, whereas the trough in the plains and west stretches from northeast to southwest, the exact opposite of the eastern trough which is a positively tilted trough. We are “lucky” that we had last week’s functioning storm here and a little snow. But, now, when is the next one?
Have a great day after Christmas and thank you for spending a few minutes of your day reading the Action Weather Blog! We will look ahead into 2013 tonight on 41 Action News.