Monday, December 11, 2017

Snow run, family time, more snow coming!

SNOW RUN! I LOVE running when there is snow falling.  It's peaceful and an easy way to see who is a nut!  Temps were in the lower 30s with little to no wind, so I opted just for the shorts. 
Sunday morning with Columbus Westside Running Club I made sure to dress a little warmer since it was a longer run and temps were colder. 
We spent a lot of family time inside this weekend.  We also made matching parachord bracelets! My manager texted me and said it was distracting on TV, so I took it off while working.
So we have a few rounds of snow on the way in the next 36 hours.  A weak disturbance for Northern Ohio will be here later this afternoon and evening.  Another round of light snow for the rest of Central Ohio tonight.  Tomorrow the winds will switch to the northwest and that will bring in some lake effect snow.
Each band will generally bring less than 1" of snow.  The lake effect snow in the afternoon tomorrow could drop some heavier bands in isolated spots. 
We may get our first winter school delays/closings this week. I'm excited to start using this new graphic I built to save you time. I wish we had something like this when I was a kid.

So your overall forecast... Round after round of slight snow is on the way this week, so really feeling like winter now! Today we will warm into the mid-upper 30s with mostly cloudy skies and a few flurries possible. Winds pick up tonight with scattered overnight snow showers. Scattered snow showers Tuesday, mainly early. Falling temps Tuesday with winds staying brisk. More spotty snow showers on and off later Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday. Each round will be light with accumulations generally less than 1" with each round. A few pockets may see more, with heavier bursts of snow. Warming next weekend into the 40s! Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Late night runs, snow coming!

When you know it is going to be colder later in the day, you get your run in before work in the early morning hours.
We have a big dip in the polar jet stream and causing our cool weather for the days and even weeks ahead.  It is looking more and more likely that this pattern will set up for a lot of the winter.  Get ready for lots of clipper systems bringing rounds of light snow over and over. 
I cooked this graphic up yesterday showing the winds and the California wildfires. The smoke was even view-able from our weather satellites and especially NASA's Terra satellite.
The fire forecast today has a LOT of SoCal under the "extreme" criteria for wildfires today.  Not good.  Very strong winds and very low humidity are not a good combination fighting the fires.
If you thought yesterday was cold, brace yourself! We warmed into the 40s yesterday afternoon, but the rest of the extended forecast has highs in the 30s and 20s! A weak disturbance will kick through for the first half of today bringing a few flurries and spotty light snow with no accumulation expected. More sun Friday before more clouds start rolling back in later in the day.

Snow showers for midday and the afternoon on Saturday. The main track of this system is looking to go by our north, so our accumulations will be light, with up to 1" possible, and a few spots may see slightly more, mainly north. A few flurries possible Sunday and a high of only 30! Another winter system kicks in later Monday into Tuesday. Monday we will be warm enough that the leading edge may start as a brief wintry mix then transition over to snow showers late Monday and Tuesday. Accumulations look light for Tuesday, as well, with this system, but the final track will help determine snow total. Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Monday, December 4, 2017

Here comes our first taste of winter!!

Thursday was Dawn's birthday! Happy birthday love!
We went and visited Santa last week for our holiday cards.  Santa is a VERY loyal viewer of our morning show. Smart man.
I also got to feed his reindeer at the Columbus Zoo last week for work!
Last week was so nice outside that it was hard to find me with pants on... Don't worry I was wearing shorts.  But it was gorgeous and it looks like we have one final warm day, today. 
Made a huge breakfast on Saturday morning.  Potatoes, sausage, and a bloomin onion omelet.
Over the weekend I spent as much time outside as a could.  I went for a run on the local trails.  
Not a terrible time either.  I would love to get a sub 20 5k and a sub 45 10k. 
 We had the supermoon last night.  Luckily it was perfectly timed during halftime of the Browns game.
This is as good of a shot as I could get with the stock lens on my camera.  Took this from the Hilltop of Downtown Columbus.  I would love to learn how to shoot night shots better, but it was hard to do that AND get the city lit up too.
Enjoy the warm start to the week because it will not be lasting long! Today we will see increasing clouds and a brisk breeze pushing our temps to near 60 for the high. Rain moves in this evening and our steadiest rain will likely be early Tuesday morning. Rain starts moving out by midday Tuesday then cooler air rushes in with falling afternoon temps. Highs will barely get above freezing later this week.
A few flurries possible Wednesday then watching another system by next Friday & Saturday.
The newest forecast models are wanting to dive the storm farther south, but track of winter storms can be tricky and will fluctuate some over the days to come, so stay tuned. Have a good one!

Andrew Buck Michael, Meteorologist.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

THE game, hanging decorations, visiting the big guy, cold coming

We had a lot of fun Friday getting ready for THE game!
Summer enjoyed some travels and got to see both sets of grandparents this weekend.  
I went up to Cleveland to spend the weekend with Dawn's family.  I got up with Summer both mornings and we had fun hanging out while the rest of the family slept in.  Like what I did with her hair?
I went for a run before the game and did a lucky seven miles and thankfully the Buckeyes were able to get a win against the team up north. 
I am in the middle of the Runner's World Run Streak.  And it's a good thing I have been staying active. 
Monday morning I tried breaking into the new studio... But... they were still locked.  We are doing run-throughs this week to work out any unforeseen kinks.  The new set is AMAZING and cutting-edge.
How about this sunset from Monday! No filter used!
I hung up the lights yesterday.  It went very smooth... almost too smooth.
Then I went for a run. 
Once Summer woke up, we went to see Santa! She was VERY shy. We only managed to get the smallest smile when she was sitting with Santa.
When we got home... ONE OF THE STRANDS WAS OUT!  DANG IT!!! I will have to climb back up there and try fixing it today.
Here's the #CrewSC forecast for tonight! Dry, partly cloudy, chilly, light winds, GREAT playoff weather for a win! #SaveTheCrew 
Temperatures today will be about eight degrees cooler than yesterday, but still remaining nearly ten degrees above normal. So... enjoy our mild temperatures before colder air arrives. Passing early clouds for your Wednesday then some midday sun followed by more clouds this evening and tonight. Temps will top out in the mid 50s today and tomorrow, however rain returns tomorrow. Increasing clouds Thursday with some scattered afternoon rain showers. Temps cool off more for Friday and the weekend, highs in the upper 40s, with a mix of sun and clouds.
A much colder push of air is looking more likely for the second half of next week. Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Starting a running streak & 2017-2018 winter outlook

This week has been fantastic for fall running.  A tad chilly, but I made it out to the Metro Park trails earlier this week while Dawn and Summer were out of town.
Columbus Crew SC had their playoff match at home on Tuesday and our crew was reppin' the black and gold on Tuesday.  Hopefully we can move forward with a tie/win when we play again next Wednesday in Toronto. 
My parents picked up Summer yesterday to head to Thanksgiving early.  Glad she gets to spend time with my sister before my sister heads to Florida for the Disney College Program. Summer is getting spoiled by my family. 
Got up early, before work, to kick off 40 Days Of Awesome for the Runner’s World Run Streak. I did it last year from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day and it definitely kept me motivated to stay active during an easy-to-make-excuses time of the year. I have to run at least 1 mile a day for the 40 days.
I saw the sunrise out of a window at work and had to run out to snap this amazing photo over Broadcast Lake.
Great traveling weather for today with mostly to partly cloudy skies, dry roads, and chilly temps. We warm into the mid 40s today then clearing skies tonight and dropping to 30 for any early Black Friday shopping. More sun tomorrow and warming into the lower 50s. A cold front will sweet through on Saturday bringing the chance of some early spotty rain showers then partly cloudy for the afternoon. Mix of sun and clouds on Sunday and colder then more sun and warming on Monday. Another cold front later Tuesday will bring more cold air for the second half of the week. The pattern rolls on...
Speaking of pattern... let's talk about how our winter pattern is looking.  If you look near the equator just off the coast of South America you can see that the Pacific is cooler than normal, in this Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly map.  That means La Nina, cooler Eastern Pacific waters. 
Another big factor in our winter pattern is the Northern Pacific.  That high pressure has been sitting there and staying put.  So what does all this mean...
So I cooked this up a while ago for my talk with Ohio Department of Transportation to help them plan for winter.  So we have La Nina in the Eastern Pacific and high pressure over the Northern Pacific. 
So this means that the polar jet stream will be going around the high and then dive south over Western Canada and come across the Northern Plains to us.  The La Nina pattern for the Ohio Valley is wetter than normal. Normally temps do not differ a whole lot from normal, but if the past few weeks are any indication then we may be colder than normal for the winter.  The cooler air will push in with a stronger polar jet and a snow pack over the Northern Plains.  So get ready for a winter with a lot of Alberta Clippers.  Those are fast moving systems from the northwest that typically bring medium-light snows over and over and over.  It is the southwestern systems that bring the BIG snows, but those may hold off until the tropical jet stream starts overtaking things at the end of winter.
So here is a map of snowfall average for Ohio.  I think it would be pretty safe to take these numbers and increasing that by about 20% or more.  Especially near Lake Erie.  Lake Erie is warmer than normal so lake effect will be in full force for the start of winter until it starts freezing over.  Last year that never happened.  Anyway, I think a wetter than normal winter is a pretty good bet.  As far as temps, I think near to slightly below normal, on average. 
Before I get back to the morning show, I want to share this with you... We are your "School Closing Headquarters" at ABC6 and FOX28, and I am stepping it up this year.  Since we are on our temporary set, and can't really do augmented reality with our current set, I focused on new challenges.  I wanted to write some computer code to take school closings and plot that to a map.  So the last few weeks I have been knees deep in computer code... something I have never dabbled in... and I finally have it finished.  So this map will plot delays and closings for the schools across Central Ohio.  I CAN'T WAIT for the first delays and closings with winter weather to finally start using this graphics.  So.... shhhh!!!  You got a sneak peak at it! Normally you have to wait for a list of schools at the bottom, but you can get a good idea if schools in your part of the area are delayed or closed by checking out this map! Back to the show! Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael


BY THE WAY!!!
The first inch of snow contest is still happening on my Facebook page! Click HERE for a link to the rules and to join in!

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