Live Sports Thread – who do you think will win and why? Anyone want to guess when the Lions will be in a Super Bowl? I’ll be watching the game, but probably not with my computer – a bunch of friends are getting together. Several new threads, so scroll down and check ‘em out. Also: WOW! Look at this wave in Cornwall, England! Fireworks rehearsal in Sochi. Olympics actually starts Thursday, opening ceremonies Friday!
Looks like temperatures about 5 to 8 degrees cooler than average this week. Not much snow, as the storm track will be south of Michigan. Western drought…rainfall in January compared to (average): San Diego 0.01″ ( 1.91″), Los Angeles trace (2.61″), San Francisco 0.01″ (4.05″), Sacramento 0.14″ (3.52) Las Vegas 0.00″ (0.52″), Seattle 3.61″ (5.41″). Snowfall at Flagstaff AZ in January was 1/10th inch compared to an average of 22.5″. On the other hand, W. Palm Beach FL had 9.93″ of rain, about 3 times average. January snowfall (all of these totals are well above average): Boston 21.8″, New York City 19.7″, Philadephia 25.0″, Pittsburgh 17.8″, Detroit 39.1″ (snowiest month ever), Dover 15.9″, Atlantic City 18.8″, Norfolk VA 11.4″, Atlanta 2.6″, St. Louis 15.8″, Minneapolis 22.7″, Cincinnati 20.4″, Alexandria LA 4.5″, Denver 14.2″, Cheyenne WY 14.7″, Great Falls MT 18.8″. With the colder pattern, many places had snow hang around longer than average.
Model update: The GRR NWS has a good Sunday PM discussion. I buy the cold nighttime temperatures the next couple of nights. Fresh snow cover, light wind (or calm) and clear to partly cloudy skies (late tonight and tomorrow night) mean cold temps. This weeks significant snow will be confined mainly to Tues. night/earlyWeds. The GFS plot has 0.15″ of precipitation mainly Tues. evening/night – the European has 0.17″. We’re probably looking at a 1-4″ snowfall with the least up at Ludington and the most toward Jackson/Hillsdale/Coldwater. It’ll be another cold week with highs in the low-mid 20s Sunday – Weds. and maybe only upper teens for Thurs. / Fri. The European also has a couple/three inches of snow Saturday/Sat. night. Best day for some sun will be Monday. The GFS – plot has high temps. of only 13, 16 and 17 for Thurs. – Sat. – that’s probably a touch cool, but more Arctic air for the end of the week. We’ll continue to track the progression of ice cover on Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes.
USGS reports a 6.6 magnitude earthquake 455 miles (732 km) northeast of Whakatane, New Zealand. No tsunami expected. Ten people rescued after huge wave knocks bus off ocean road in England. Phillip Hoffman, the actor who died (drug overdose?) was in the movie Twister. You know, we could make an absolutely great Twister 2 starring commentators from this blog. I won’t name names, but this show could get awesome ratings. This could be the new “Storm Chasers”. Verkoyansk, Siberia is 71 below zero at 3 pm EST (Yikes!). Snowstorm in Oklahoma – thundersnow in N. Texas this afternoon.