Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 4 P.M.
Weather patterns certainly have changed since last week. Rather than ice, snow and 20’s we’ve jumped to mostly sunny and 50’s. This trend is expected to persist for quite a while. The circumpolar jet stream vortex that dipped south over Canada and central U.S. has retreated toward the pole and reformed westward. The result has been a return to the “west coast trough, east coast ridge” pattern that has dominated most of our winter.
For the next few weeks (or longer), major storms will move into the western U.S. then move northeast into the central and eastern U.S. That major storm track will bring plenty of rain to the central part of the country, including the Ohio Valley. It also threatens to give an early (and widespread) start to the severe weather season.
I have seen the future…and it is here! (Part 1)
My apologies to whoever first uttered those words, but it seemed to fit.
The Texas ice storm has been quite a catastrophe. The media seems so surprised by the ice storm – acting like it’s never happened before. In fact, if anyone chose to check, a major ice storm hits Texas about once every eight years. Ice storms are a known, expected, but rare, event. The most recent serious ice storm was in 2011. In fact, since 1973, six major ice storms have hit Texas. After each one, committees were formed to make suggestions about how to better prepare for the next one. After the first five storms, the recommendations were largely ignored. Why? Cost. (We’ll continue to hold together our deteriorating infrastructure with baling wire and duct tape and hope that it doesn’t happen again.) But it always does. I don’t imagine it’ll be any different this time.
We’ve heard many “reasons” for why the problems occurred. Every “cause” has a different reason for the disaster. Next time, we’ll take a look at the “blame game.”
Recently in Washington state, police arrested a man for carjacking. He had been released from prison just 20 minutes earlier.
Caution: If you’re bad at haggling, you’ll end up paying the price.
Smoke billows from Mt. Etna near Giarre, Sicily. | (AP Photo/Salvatore Allegra)
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