Posts Tagged ‘cold’

Winter Storm for the Quad Cities

UPDATED POST:  Sunday, November 25, 2018, 8:42 a.m.

More snow is expected than previously forecast.  Here’s the updated totals and thinking on the storm.  Click on the link:

https://anthonypeoples.wordpress.com/2018/11/25/very-heavy-snow-today-tonight/

Anthony

 

UPDATED POST:  Saturday, November 24, 2018, 3:27 p.m.

The timing on the storm below still looks good.

In the latest models, it looks like the heaviest of the snow is shifting some to the south.

So, I’ve updated the snowfall totals map and here’s the latest warning and advisory map.

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The “Winter Storm Watch” from earlier over toward Chicagoland is now updated to a “Winter Storm Warning”, as I expected.

And, a “Blizzard Warning” is now in effect around Ottumwa, Iowa!

On the snowfall totals map here, the swath of blue is where the best likelihood of the heaviest snow will fall.

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Another update will be posted Sunday morning!

ORIGINAL POST:  Saturday, November 24, 2018, 9 a.m.

Quad Cities, the first really big snowstorm of the season is on the way!

Enjoy the great weather Saturday because moderate to heavy snow and strong winds are forecast for Sunday, just as the Thanksgiving holiday weekend wraps up!

I’ll keep it short, so you don’t have to read a lot.  I’ll tell you what you need to know because I probably won’t be answering questions!

Here’s a snapshot of what I’m thinking.  Keep up on the latest forecast, especially Sunday morning because the axis of heavy snow could shift!

Most of eastern Iowa and northwestern Illinois are under a “Winter Storm Warning” Sunday.

La Salle County, Illinois, that blue indicates a “Winter Storm Watch”, which may be upgraded to a “Winter Storm Warning” later Saturday for Sunday.

Rain will develop Saturday night and change over to snow Sunday morning from north to south.

The snow will be heaviest from late Sunday morning through the afternoon hours.

Gusty winds and falling temperatures will also produce blizzard-like conditions and low visibilities.

As for snow totals, the faster the rain changes over to snow, the better chance that you’ll see higher the snow totals in this range.

Again, keep up on the latest forecast.  Any shift in the storm track will affect these snow totals (“snotals”) 🙂

If anything major changes in my thinking on this storm, I’ll post another update.

I’m just looking out for my Peeps back home!  Be safe!

Anthony

 

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I’ll Let You In On A Secret!

“I’m tired of living day-to-day and hand-to-mouth/This could be the day I finally find my way out”

“I’m gonna climb that mountain high/I’m gonna see what’s on the other side/I’m gonna kiss this town good-bye/I’m gonna climb that mountain”

“How I arrived here, heaven only knows/Seems more like the kind of place the devil would’ve chose…I know somewhere down the road my dreams will come true”

“Climb That Mountain High” is from Reba McEntire’s 1990 album, “Rumor Has It”.  It was one of the first CDs I bought and my first from Reba!

That song has always been a beacon of encouragement for me.  It was there when I was looking to launch my television news career and every time I was awaiting my next move.

I’ve been listening to the song again daily for weeks now!

“CHANGE”

Almost a year ago (in “Change”), I shared details of some big changes in my life that would take me to Panama City, Florida, “So, as much as I love Midwestern snows, I’m trading it all in for the occasional hurricane and tropical storm!”

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What the hell was I thinking — giving up snow and four distinct seasons?

In my “Christmas Update” blog on December 18, 2017, I pontificated, “I’m miserable… life is too short to feel this way and if things don’t change soon, I’ll make a change for myself and not just accept a “Band-Aid” to cover something that needs more attention – my happiness.”

In a talk after the holidays with my fantastic news director Tom Lewis, he agreed that life’s too short to be unhappy.  I said I’d start looking to return to Midwest and if I didn’t find a job, I’d be gone by Halloween!

In February, I contacted some stations across Illinois to try to get back closer to my sister and my friends in the Quad Cities, where I spent 11.5 years before the ill-fated move to Florida.

Sadly, there were no openings and many “we’ll keep you in mind when we have a position available”.

“CHANGE 2.0”

Change

In television news, like most professions, talent and experience are major factors to be considered.  However, timing and luck also play huge roles.

I contacted a station about an opening that was posted just after Thanksgiving.  I wondered why, four months later, the position wasn’t filled.

It turns out they were not in any hurry to fill the position and were waiting for the right person.

And, now back to that “timing and luck”.

The news director was at the end of his search.  He and I started corresponding and eight days later, I was offered the job and I accepted it.

My friends, in June, I’ll be the Chief Meteorologist at the Fox affiliate in Duluth, Minnesota, seven hours north of the Quad Cities.

I’m getting my four distinct seasons and my snow back!

From Wikipedia: “At 85″ per year, the port city of Duluth has the highest average snowfall total of any city in Minnesota”!

Two last weather notes:  I’ll have to get used to the bitter cold again.  The record low there is -41°, but it’s never reached 100° (97° is the record high).

I honestly feel like George Bailey in Bedford Falls at Christmas in “It’s A Wonderful Life”! Pottersville (Panama City, for me) was just an alternate universe!

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While some love it here and many love visiting the beaches (they think Panama City and Panama City Beach are the same), I just didn’t connect with the area.

At the beginning, from a dating standpoint, I wasn’t looking for anything since I was still reeling from the big changes in my personal life.

But, not one date in a year!!!

I’m now at the point where I’m ready to find my knight on a white horse like Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts in “Pretty Woman”).

“I would pretend I was a princess, trapped in the tower by a wicked queen. And then suddenly, this knight, on a white horse, with these colors flying, would come charging up and draw his sword… and I would wave, and he would climb up the tower, and rescue me.”

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However, I did find two dear friends here — Cathy and Gerard Rifenburg.

Cathy founded the Panama City PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) chapter.

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A month after I moved here, they graciously invited me to a function they were hosting at their house.

Since then, we’ve enjoyed dinners and parties together, including Christmas Day.

Cathy and Gerard, I’ll miss you dearly.

Another highlight of my move to Florida was an early Sunday morning road trip last July to Plains, Georgia, to meet my childhood idols, President Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter!

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One thing I definitely won’t miss — this mentality! (Disclaimer: I know not everyone fits into this category!)

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By the way (and this had no influence in my decision, but it makes me happy), Minnesota has only voted “red” once in my life time!

In 1972, it went along with 48 other states to re-elect Richard Nixon.  Yes, Reagan and Trump lost Minnesota!

So, I’ll proudly display my faded sticker on my car. (I did so in “red” Bay County, Florida, too!)

HCAnthony

 

Quad Cities White Christmas?

UPDATED POST:  Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 5:18 p.m.

While a wintry mix is possible Thursday night, the Friday night/Saturday system will likely stay well south of the Quad Cities.

However, if the long-term models hold, a snowy end of December is not out of the question — but, that’s still a ways off in terms of model consistency.

Anthony

ORIGINAL POST:  Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 5:18 a.m.

Greetings Quad Cities across the miles!  Are you “dreaming of a white Christmas”?

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While it’s still days away, there was a point yesterday when that wish looked possible.  However, those chances are diminishing.

The system that threatened to whiten the ground for you will be passing southeast of you Friday night into Saturday morning.

QC Snow Chances

In the earlier GFS model run Tuesday, the system would have missed the Quad Cities.  However, the next run six hours later made a big shift northwest.  It was enough of a jump to do two things: (1) excite meteorologist for an accumulating snow threat for the Quad Cities and (2) be very suspicious and wait for later runs.

Sure enough, the 18Z GFS run Tuesday evening decreased the heavier snow chances for the Quad Cities.  And, those chances look even less likely this morning!

However, it’s going to be turning very cold and there could be some light snow.  But, it probably won’t be enough for a “White Christmas”!

So, why am I writing about snow a thousand miles away from Panama City, Florida?

Lighted Palm Trees

The same reason that The Carpenters sang about a “White Christmas” from warm Beverly Hills L.A.:

“The sun is shining; the grass is green
The orange and palm trees sway
There’s never been such a day in Beverly Hills L. A.
But it’s December the 24th and I’m longing to be up north

I’m dreaming of a White Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the tree tops glisten and children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow.”

Anthony

Major Winter Storm For Parts of Iowa

We’re down to the last week of January 2017 and we still haven’t had a measurable snow in the Quad Cities.

Our last sticking snow in the metro area was more than a month ago.  On December 17, 2016, 2.7″ of snow fell in Moline and 2.5″ accumulated in Davenport.

A winter storm moving out of the Plains today and across Iowa tomorrow will bring rain this afternoon.  This will be a wintry mix in our northern hometowns tonight and Wednesday.

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By Wednesday afternoon, as this system moves to the Great Lakes, we’ll see a transition to all light snow for eastern Iowa and northern Illinois, especially Wednesday night.

Accumulations in our northern hometowns, around Galena, Illinois, and Maquoketa and Dubuque, Iowa, could be around an inch or two by Thursday morning.

As it looks now, the Quad Cities might see a dusting or so of snow by Thursday morning.

However, if you’re traveling to Waterloo, Iowa, 3-6″ of snow will fall there.  A “Winter Weather Advisory” goes into effect Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday evening.

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A “Winter Storm Warning” covers much of northern Iowa, where more than 6″ of snow will be falling.  Parts of northwestern Iowa could pick up a foot of snow!

After this storm, colder weather is on the for the rest of the week into the weekend.

Anthony

Pretty Cold, But Where’s The Snow?

While winter’s chill is settling in across the Mississippi and Illinois Valleys, we’re still not seeing much in the way of accumulating snow.

Shoveling Snow

That little cartoon isn’t the case right now, but a quick-moving disturbance did bring some flurries and light snow overnight and early Thursday morning.

We’re officially at 13.8″ of snow for the winter of 2016-2017 in the Quad Cities (that’s from Quad City International Airport in Moline, Illinois.)  Davenport has picked up more snow (16.5″).

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Last year, at this time, we were at 13.4″ in the Quad Cities.

Average at this point in the winter is 11.7″.

Since we’re at almost the same amount of snow in the Quad Cities this winter compared to last winter, it’ll be interesting to see how much snow we fall in the next few months.

We ended up with 24.1″ of snow for the winter of 2015-2016.  The average snowfall in the Quad Cities for a winter is 31.6″.

Anthony

Winter Storm Friday & Saturday

UPDATED POST:  Thursday, December 15, 2016, 4:20 p.m. 

As the bitter cold temperatures and wind chills from Thursday morning eases, we’re getting closer to our next winter storm.

A “Winter Weather Advisory” has now been issued for Friday evening through midnight Saturday for all of the Mississippi and Illinois Valleys.

 

While there may be some light snow tonight to the west and northwest of the Quad Cities, our snow storm kicks in Friday afternoon and evening.

By Friday night, while it remains snow across our northern hometowns, the snow will mix with or change to freezing rain through Saturday morning in our southern hometowns. We’ll likely see a light accumulation of ice there.

The heaviest of the snow will come Saturday afternoon into the evening hours.  The snow will end before midnight Saturday.

Accumulations will be higher north (4″ or so).  I’m still thinking 2-4″ in the Quad Cities and along Interstate 80 with 1-2″ in our southern hometowns.

 

Join me for “Local 4 News This Morning” Friday from 5-7 a.m. for the very latest.

Anthony

UPDATED POST:  Thursday, December 15, 2016, 12:44 p.m. 

A “Winter Weather Advisory” goes into effect at noon Friday and runs through 6 p.m. Saturday for Clinton and Jackson counties in Iowa and for Carroll, Jo Daviess, and Whiteside counties in Illinois.

Early projected snowfall totals and storm timing details are in the text below.

By the way, the “Wind Chill Advisory” has expired.

Anthony

ORIGINAL POST:  Thursday, December 15, 2016, early morning 

There are many weather concerns that we’ll be dealing with over the next several days.

A “Wind Chill Advisory” in effect through 10 a.m. today for much of the Mississippi and Illinois Valleys.  While temperatures will drop to around zero to -5° Thursday morning, it’ll feel more like -15° to -30°.

Our next winter storm begins to affect some of our northern and western hometowns later tonight with some light snow.  While this will cause some slick spots, accumulations will be on the low side.

The snow really kicks in Friday afternoon into Friday night and early Saturday.  There are indications that enough warm air will be pulled into this system south and east of the Quad Cities to cause the snow to change over to sleet and then freezing rain.

As you know, ice accumulations on the roadways, trees, and power lines are much worse than just snow.

Ice Ray

This wintry mix will change back over to snow Saturday afternoon.  Across our northern hometowns, this event will likely be all snow.

Now let’s talk about possible snow accumulations.

 

I advise you to keep up on the latest forecast because these numbers could change or shift north or south depending on the path of the storm and how much warm air is brought into the system.

I think the heaviest snow will be 4″ or more from around Clinton, Iowa, to Sterling, Illinois, northward.

Along Interstate 80 and in the Quad Cities, I think 2-4″ of snow will accumulate.

South of the Quad Cities from around Burlington, Iowa, to Monmouth and Galesburg, Illinois, an inch or two will fall.  This area may also see some ice accumulation.

Once this storm departs Saturday night, bitterly cold and dangerously low temperatures will return.

When you wake up Sunday and Monday mornings, lows will be about -10° in the Quad Cities and even colder to the north.  When you add in the wind, wind chills could be as low as -20° to -40°.  It only takes a short period of time outdoors for frostbite to set in.

Highs Sunday will likely stay below zero to the north and near zero in the Quad Cities.

Later next week, temperatures will rebound to the 20s and 30s.

Again, keep up on the latest forecast with this incoming winter storm.

Anthony

Cold Blast; Then More Snow (& Ice?)

Two snowstorms into the winter season, I’m watching another system that’ll bring snow to the area Friday and Saturday.

Depending on the path of the storm, we might even see a period of freezing rain and icy weather Friday night and early Saturday.

Stay up on the latest forecast as we head toward the end of the week.

Very cold air is already settling in and even colder air is on the way later this week.

Overnight, we dropped to 9° in the Quad Cities before temperatures started rising.  This was the first time in the single digits since we hit 4° back on February 13, 2016.

The coldest air is still to come.  When we wake up Thursday morning, lows will likely drop below zero and wind chills could reach -20° to -30°.

After the winter storm Friday and Saturday, another blast of cold air arrives for Sunday.

Anthony