Archive for January, 2009

Alaskan Volcano Mt. Redoubt may erupt

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Mt. Redoubt in Alaska is showing a steam plume and may erupt.  For more information, click here.

Re: Another Winter Storm???

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Regarding our earlier message about a possible major winter storm which will develop and could affect our area, but could move to the east, it now appears the storm will move well to our east.

The only significant effect of this large east coast storm will be to draw down another surge of cold air after a weekend warm-up.  All is not lost,however.  It looks like a significant warm-up toward late week or next weekend.

The weather pattern is looking quite stormy as we head into February, but with warmer air over the next couple weeks.  Please remember that an active pattern, even a warm one, could still produce snow in winter.  Any heavy rain event could threaten flooding with nearly 2 inches of water in the snowpack currently.

There are no big storms currently indicated in the coming week with the exception of the early week storm.

Ron

Another Winter Storm???

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

There are indications of another major winter storm early next week.  It could be as wild as this one.  There is still uncertainty and the storm could move to the east, but current thinking is we may be under the gun.  Stay tuned.

Winter storm helped with soil moisture

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Snow and ice in the recent storm added up to 11.7 inches at my location.  This melted down to 1.91 inches of liquid giving a total for liquid precipitation for the month to date of  3.27.

As of late December, Cincinnati had been taken out of the drought designation.  However, last week we were still listed by the drought monitor as abnormally dry and were lagging behind for the month.  There’s nothing like moisture laden snow to replenish soil moisture!

Needless to say, local landscapes have been through two years of drought, heat in 2007, Hurricane Ike, and now another damaging ice storm.  Plants need good soil moisture but some are very stressed right now.

Ron

Winter Storm Summary

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Well, it’s all over except the clean-up, and what a clean up it will be. 

Snow and ice accumulation varied some around town.  At my location it added up to 11.7 inches, including about 1.5 inches of sleet and freezing rain build-up.   Freezing rain build-up on trees and wires here was in excess of .5 inch with limb breakage on a number of trees.  6.3 inches of snow and ice accumulated here today.

Damaging ice, now intense snow

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Overnight we saw over 1/2 inch of ice on trees with over 1.5 inches on the ground.  I woke up to the sound of breaking tree branches in my neighborhood.

It’s far from over.

The changeover to snow is rapidly approaching as of this writing.  Intense snowfall of 1 to 2 iches per hour is anticipated with morning snowfall expected of 2 to as much as 6 inches, even 10 inches is possible well to the northwest of the metro area.  This is additional snowfall!

In addition to this, temperatures will fall to near 20 F solidifying the ice.  When all is said and done 6 to 12 inches of snow and ice will cover the ground.  Standing water will freeze solid. 

Snow and ice clearing will be extremely difficult and may take many days.  I have been saying this will be a crippling and possibly historic storm.  It looks like it will be!

Ron

Late winter storm update–less snow, severe ice storm

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Sleet and ice accumulations have reached one inch at my location.  Freezing rain has been falling and is weighing down trees and wires.  Another .25 to .6 of ice could accumulate overnight.  If this verifies, tree and power line damage is likely.  A later change-over to snow may result in less snowfall in the last phase of the storm, perhaps only 1 to 3 inches, bringing the storm total to 6 to 9 inches.

This is a very serious situation.  Be prepared for possible power outages and near impossible travel as this storm evolves.

Major Winter Storm Update

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Heavy sleet mixed with freezing rain continues in the Cincinnati metro area.  While icing on trees and wires is minimal so far in western Cincinnati, heavy sleet is building up.  Piles of sleet are accumulating around houses where roof troughs are funneling the sleet onto the ground.  Do not be surprised to find deep piles of sleet in the morning.

Heavy snow appears likely for morning rush hour.  The storm will not wrap up until midday Wednesday.  Heavy precipitation will continue through the night.  A crippling ice storm is ongoing in parts of Kentucky and will likely be spreading into northeast Kentucky.  This storm is beginning to resemble the crippling Christmas storm of a few years ago.  Expect storm total snowfall in Cincinnati of 8 to 12 inches.

Remember that 1 inch of sleet has the same mass as 10 inches of snow and will be very heavy to move, as well as very difficult to clear from roadways.

Ron

 

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FRANKLIN IN-RIPLEY-DEARBORN-BUTLER-WARREN-CLINTON-HAMILTON-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…BROOKVILLE…VERSAILLES…
LAWRENCEBURG…HAMILTON…LEBANON…WILMINGTON…CINCINNATI
325 PM EST TUE JAN 27 2009

…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 12 PM EST
WEDNESDAY…

A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 12 PM EST
WEDNESDAY.

A MIX OF SNOW…SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN WILL CHANGE TO FREEZING
RAIN THIS EVENING. THE WINTRY PRECIPITATION WILL CHANGE BACK TO
SNOW EARLY TOMORROW MORNING…AND THEN TAPER OFF FROM WEST TO EAST
TOMORROW AFTERNOON.

TWO TO FOUR TENTHS OF AN INCH OF ICE ACCUMULATION ALONG WITH AN
ADDITIONAL 1 TO 3 INCHES OF SNOW AND SLEET WILL OCCUR OVERNIGHT.
ANOTHER 1 TO 3 INCHES OF SNOW CAN BE EXPECTED ON WEDNESDAY.

TOTAL SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATION FOR THE ENTIRE EVENT WILL BE 8
TO 12 INCHES.

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW…
SLEET…AND ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL
VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.

Major Winter Storm Update–A lull, then the worst is yet to come

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009
A major winter storm is under way with the predicted 3 to 5 inches on the ground this morning and snow still falling.  This is only the beginning of what could be an historic storm in parts of the tri-state.
 
Snow will ease today and may even taper off for a time.  However, a deepening storm system will cause moisture to surge back later today.  This surge of warmer, moist air may cause a crippling freezing rain storm to our south with mixed precipitation making it into the metro area, but not any farther.  It is still not certain where the changeover line will set up but it appears it will be near the I-71 corridor.  Areas which switch over will have storm totals held down some.  Areas which don’t change over but are close will see the heaviest snow.
 
As the night goes on, mixed precipitation will change back to snow and a band of heavy snow will move through.  Snow now appears as if it will continue well into Wednesday, although at a lighter rate.
 
Storm totals will be 6 to 11 inches with locally higher amounts possible.  This will be a long duration, multi-part storm which will have a major affect on the local area.
 
Ron
 
Ronald E. Rothhaas, Jr.
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Winter Storm Warning

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILMINGTON OH
438 AM EST TUE JAN 27 2009

...SIGNIFICANT WINTER WEATHER EVENT EXPECTED TODAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY...

.LOW PRESSURE WILL DEVELOP OVER THE TENNESSEE VALLEY
TODAY...LIFTING NORTHEAST TO THE UPPER OHIO VALLEY BY WEDNESDAY
MORNING. THE LOW WILL THEN MOVE OFF THE NEW ENGLAND COAST BY
WEDNESDAY NIGHT. THIS STORM SYSTEM WILL BRING SNOW...SLEET AND
FREEZING RAIN TO THE OHIO VALLEY REGION. SIGNIFICANT SNOW AND ICE
ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED WITH THIS SYSTEM.

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/O.CON.KILN.WS.W.0003.000000T0000Z-090128T1700Z/
FRANKLIN IN-RIPLEY-DEARBORN-BUTLER-WARREN-CLINTON-HAMILTON-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...BROOKVILLE...VERSAILLES...
LAWRENCEBURG...HAMILTON...LEBANON...WILMINGTON...CINCINNATI
438 AM EST TUE JAN 27 2009

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 12 PM EST
WEDNESDAY...

A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 12 PM EST
WEDNESDAY.

OCCASIONAL SNOW CAN BE EXPECTED TODAY. SNOW MAY MIX WITH SLEET...
ESPECIALLY THIS AFTERNOON. ANOTHER ROUND OF PRECIPITATION WILL
OVERSPREAD THE AREA TONIGHT...CONTINUING INTO WEDNESDAY MORNING.
THE PRECIPITATION TONIGHT WILL BE A MIXTURE OF SNOW...SLEET AND
FREEZING RAIN...CHANGING TO ALL SNOW BY WEDNESDAY MORNING. THE
SNOW WILL THEN TAPER OFF FROM WEST TO EAST WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

AN ADDITIONAL 2 TO 4 INCHES OF SNOW AND SLEET IS EXPECTED FOR
TODAY. ANOTHER 4 TO 7 INCHES OF SNOW AND SLEET WILL BE POSSIBLE
TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY. ICE ACCUMULATION OVERNIGHT WILL RANGE
BETWEEN ONE AND TWO TENTHS OF AN INCH.

TOTAL SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATION FOR THE ENTIRE EVENT IS
EXPECTED TO BE 6 TO 11 INCHES.

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW...
SLEET...AND ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL
VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.

STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR YOUR FAVORITE SOURCE OF
WEATHER INFORMATION FOR THE LATEST UPDATES. ADDITIONAL DETAILS
CAN ALSO BE FOUND AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/ILN.

$$


Hazardous Weather Outlook

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILMINGTON OH
440 AM EST TUE JAN 27 2009

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070>072-077-281000-
WAYNE-FAYETTE IN-UNION IN-FRANKLIN IN-RIPLEY-DEARBORN-OHIO-
SWITZERLAND-CARROLL-GALLATIN-BOONE-KENTON-CAMPBELL-DARKE-SHELBY-
LOGAN-UNION OH-DELAWARE-MIAMI-CHAMPAIGN-CLARK-MADISON-FRANKLIN OH-
LICKING-PREBLE-MONTGOMERY-GREENE-BUTLER-WARREN-CLINTON-HAMILTON-
440 AM EST TUE JAN 27 2009

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 12 PM EST WEDNESDAY...

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR EAST CENTRAL
INDIANA...SOUTHEAST INDIANA...NORTHERN KENTUCKY...CENTRAL
OHIO...MIAMI VALLEY OF OHIO AND SOUTHWEST OHIO.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT.

PLEASE LISTEN TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR GO TO WEATHER.GOV ON THE
INTERNET FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE FOLLOWING HAZARDS.

   WINTER STORM WARNING.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY.

PLEASE LISTEN TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR GO TO WEATHER.GOV ON THE
INTERNET FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE FOLLOWING HAZARDS.

   WINTER STORM WARNING.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

WEATHER SPOTTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT SNOW AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS
TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.

$$

 

Loss Of Hemlocks Will Affect Water Dynamics In Southern Appalachian Forests

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/07/070709111435.htm