Tuesday, April 20, 2021 6 P.M.
It could happen tonight!
Our weather has been pretty dull lately. Dull in the sense that not much “weather” has been nearby. So most of April has been quite pleasant. The absence of typical stormy Spring weather has allowed a great opportunity to see more of nature’s awakening beauty.
But, tonight’s weather could be highly unusual. A small, but very cold, upper air system will drift over us tonight. It’ll bring along a pocket of colder air behind a developing cold front. That will provide enough lift to squeeze some moisture out of the atmosphere. It won’t be much (less than a quarter inch) and won’t last long (from about 10 P.M. to 4 A.M.). However, the upper level cold air will produce snow. The big question will be “How soon will the surface cold air arrive.” At onset, the snow will be melted by the currently mild air so we’ll see rain. The rain will help cool (by evaporation) the low-level temperatures. That, along with the colder air advancing into our area, will create rapidly falling temperatures. By about 2 A.M. temperatures should drop into the upper 30’s. Then, the colder air will slow the melting process. Basically, the smaller snow flakes will melt while the larger flakes should be able to make it to the surface before completely melting. Over the next two hours temperatures may drop another degree or two, so at times it may become only very wet snow. Then, by 4 A.M. the steady rain/snow will move east of our area.
Snow accumulation? Not likely on the ground or roadways. However, some tree limbs, rooftops and cars/trucks could see small accumulations.
Then we’ll have a couple of unseasonably cool days before Spring returns.
36 degrees is the 50%-50% temperature for rain and/or snow. Above 36 the odds rapidly favor rain. Below 36, the odd rapidly favor snow.
Guns: Since 1975, guns have been responsible for the death of 1.5 million Americans. Since the Revolutionary War, about 1.4 million Americans have died in all U.S. wars and conflicts. (Seems like our “well armed militia” is better at killing Americans than enemy combatants.) Does anyone see a problem here?