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.

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