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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

No Foolin'

Yes, it's April 1st, but I wanted to add the disclaimer that all I write today is legit. Some might be hard to believe, but it's the truth.
Today's weather at the bottom of this post...
First, let's go back 11 years to the April Fools Snow Storm of 1997.
It was a storm that began as rain on March 31st, but closed off, and essentially got stuck off the coast until April 2nd. While Baltimore got only 1 inch, parts of Maryland just east of the beltway to Cecil County got between 3 and 6 inches. Boston had it's heaviest April snow with 25 inches, and parts of New England got close to 3 feet. The storm winner was East Jewett, NY with 37 inches. with Click here for the full storm recap from the National Climatic Data Center.
Here are two 'screen shots' from The Weather Channel covering the storm.

We've had a wide variety of weather around the nation yesterday. I've made this map to highlight the, well, highlights.
Snow: Vail, Co- good extension to the ski season with 13 inches of snow, but there was a 50 car pile up on I-70.
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN- 5-8 inches of snow yesterday. One of the few places west of the Appalachians with below normal snow this year.
Tornado: 5 reports yesterday, but the most damage was in Lawrence, MO. Minor roof damage, and a pole down in a trailer park.

Today's temperatures should reach close to 70F. Considering that it was 61F at 5am, that's not too much of a stretch. Expect winds gusting to 30mph or higher as a cold front passes this afternoon. The storm has already peaked, so the energy has split to our south. The chance of thunderstorms has dropped to about 30%, but showers will be a welcome since we are still 2.78" below normal on rainfall for the year.

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