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NATIONAL STORM SUMMARY
1-9: During the second half of the week, precipitation returned across much of the South, East, and Midwest. Some of the heaviest rain, 1 to 2 inches or more in many locations, fell from Louisiana and eastern Texas into the lower Ohio Valley. Parts of southern Florida and the northern Mid-Atlantic region also received at least an inch of rain.
Farther west, heavy rain and mountain snow spread across California and the Southwest. By January 10, the average water content of the high elevation Sierra Nevada snowpack climbed to 13 inches (just slightly above normal for this time of year) but higher than at any point during 2013-14 or 2014-15.
A major, multi-storm precipitation event occurred across California and the Southwest from January 4-8. During that 5-day period, precipitation in Flagstaff, AZ, totaled 2.69 inches, including 30.9 inches of snow. Snowfall totals of 2 to 3 feet were reported in the mountains northwest of Las Vegas, NV, with 34 inches noted at the Lee Canyon Ski Area. Meanwhile in southern California, January 4-8 rainfall totals included 5.51 inches in Ramona, 3.01 inches in Burbank, 2.98 inches in San Diego, 2.72 inches in Los Angeles (LAX and downtown), 2.45 inches in Riverside, and 2.12 inches in Palm Springs. Some of the heaviest rain fell on January 5, when daily-record totals included 2.33 inches in Ramona and 1.42 inches in Los Angeles (LAX). Windy weather accompanied California’s precipitation, with gusts clocked to 67 mph (on January 5) on Mt. Palomar and 61 mph (on January 6) in Beverly Hills. Farther inland, record setting snowfall totals for January 7 included 10.4 inches in Ely, NV, and 4.5 inches in Boulder, MT. Late in the week, snow spread east of the Rockies, stretching into the upper Midwest. Daily-record snowfall amounts for January 8 reached 5.3 inches in Alamosa, CO, and 4.3 inches in Sioux Falls, SD. Elsewhere, mid-week showers across the South led to daily-record rainfall totals for January 6 in locations such as Melbourne, FL (1.59 inches), and Victoria, TX (1.49 inches).
10-16: Late in the week, widespread precipitation fell across the eastern one-third
of the U.S. Some of the heaviest precipitation, locally 1 to 2 inches or more, fell across the lower Southeast and in parts of New England.
Heavy rain accompanied the early week warmth in the East. For example, daily record precipitation totals for January 10 included 2.42 inches in Mt. Pocono, PA; 1.80 inches in New York City; and 1.77 inches in Newark, NJ. Windy, colder conditions trailed the rain, with Syracuse, NY, clocking a January 10 peak gust to 55 mph. Meanwhile, Columbus, OH, received 1.0 inch of snow on January 10, marking its latest observance of the season’s first measurable amount (previously, 0.1 inch on January 2, 1929). Snow squalls lingered downwind of the Great Lakes, resulting in a daily record total (5.4 inches on January 12) in South Bend, IN. The following day in New York, record setting snowfall totals for January 13 included 13.7 inches in Syracuse and 7.4 inches in Buffalo. Farther west, heavy precipitation in the Pacific Northwest led to a daily record amount (2.36 inches on January 12) in Quillayute, WA. During the second half of the week, patches of light snow affected the nation’s mid-section. Daily-record snowfall totals reached 3.3 inches (on January 14) in Fargo, ND, and 1.8 inches (on January 16) in Wichita Falls, TX. Late in the week, heavy rain overspread parts of the South and East. New Iberia, LA, netted a daily-record rainfall (2.57 inches) on January 14. A day later, record-setting rainfall totals for January 15 in Florida reached 2.59 inches in Ft. Myers and 2.21 inches in Melbourne. Boston, MA, ended the week with a daily-record precipitation total of 1.22 inches (and a trace of snow) on January 16.
20-26: An area of low pressure shifted across the Deep South on Wednesday, while a separate system transitioned across the Intermountain West. A low pressure system moved east northeastward across the Deep South and the Tennessee Valley. A mixture of rain and snow developed across the Midwest, the Tennessee Valley and the interior Mid-Atlantic. Winter storm warnings were issued for northern Georgia, eastern Tennessee, western North Carolina and southeast Kentucky. Gray, Tenn., reported a midday total of 4.0 inches of snow. Showers and thunderstorms also fired up across the Deep South on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, a trough of low pressure pushed east southeastward across the Intermountain West. This system brought light to moderate precipitation to the Rockies, the northern Plains and the central Plains. Winter storm warnings were issued in southeast Wyoming. Winter weather advisories were issued across a handful of states stretching from Idaho to Missouri. Encampment, Wyo., reported a midday total of 13.5 inches of snow.
Out west, a Pacific system approached the coasts of northern California and southern Oregon. A warm frontal boundary associated with this system generated light to moderate rain and high elevation snow across northern California and portions of Oregon.
A powerful low pressure system impacted the East Coast on Saturday, while a Pacific system moved across the Northwest.
A major winter storm moved northeastward across the Mid-Atlantic. This system generated gusty winds and heavy snow showers from the central Appalachians to southern New England. Blizzard warnings were issued from northeast Virginia to southern Connecticut on Saturday. Norbeck, Md., reported a midday total of 23.0 inches of snow. Block Island, R.I., recorded wind gusts of 75 mph. Winter storm warnings were also issued for eastern Tennessee, North Carolina, eastern Kentucky, Virginia, eastern West Virginia, Pennsylvania, southeast New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts. Central Park, N.Y., reported a midday total of 14.7 inches of snow. West Elizabeth, Pa., reported a midday total of 9.0 inches of snow.
Jim G. Munley, jr.
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