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1st-9th…Severe storms persisted across the East Coast on Friday as a strong low pressure system moved over the Northeast and pushed a cold front over the Eastern Seaboard. The system pulled abundant moisture and energy in from the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean, which allowed for showers and thunderstorms to develop from the Northeast through the Gulf states. Some of these storms turned severe with strong winds and periods of heavy rainfall. Strong winds with gusts from 60 to 70 mph blew down multiple trees and power lines across Pennsylvania and New York state early on Friday. Rainfall totals ranged from 1 to 2 inches as the tail end of the cold front swept through the Southeast.
10th-16th…Heavy rainfall spread across the Southeast on Friday. A trough of low pressure in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico pushed moisture into the Southeast, which brought scattered showers and thunderstorms to the region. Periods of heavy rainfall spread across northern and central Florida, as well as Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and moved into Georgia. Heaviest rainfall was reported in Meridian, Mississippi with a midday total of 0.99 inches.
17th-23rd…A cold frontal boundary stretched across California, Nevada and Idaho on Wednesday, while a separate cold front pushed southward over the central U.S. Winter storm warnings were issued across the Intermountain West and northern Plains on Wednesday as a cold frontal boundary moved over the region. Temperatures were very cold throughout the morning and early afternoon, while moderate snow showers pushed across Idaho, Montana and North Dakota. Gallatin, MT., recorded a midday total of 8.0 inches of snow, while Watford City, ND, recorded a midday total of 6.75 inches of snow.
17th-23rd…Active weather persisted in the West on Friday, while a wintry mix of rain and snow developed across the Southern Plains. A strong low pressure system that brought rain to the West Coast the past few days as moved over the Southwest, pulling more moisture onshore with it. This system has produced rainfall totals over an inch in some areas of the deserts, which has increased flooding concerns for the region. Thus, flood warnings and advisories have been issued from southern California through Arizona. Heaviest precipitation was reported at El Centro, Calif, with a midday total of 1.14 inches of rain. Strong winds developed along the back side of this system, with strongest gusts reported across higher elevations of the Sierra Nevadas. Petaluma, Calif. reported maximum winds up to 50 mph. Meanwhile to the east, the leading edge of this system brought a wintry mix of rain, snow and sleet to the Southern Plains. Texline, Texas saw an inch of snow, while a tenth of an inch of ice was reported at Claredon, Texas. Winter weather advisories and ice advisories remained in effect across the region. Further east, a strong cold front stretched from the Northeast through the Gulf of Mexico, which created heavy rainfall with scattered thunderstorms. heaviest rainfall with this system was reported at El Dorado, Arkansas with a midday total of 2.98 inches of rain.
24th-30th…Flood warnings were issued across parts of the Southeast on Monday, while winter storm warnings were issued in the Northeast. A surge of moisture pushed over the central Gulf Coast on Monday, which interacted with an arctic air mass. Sleet and freezing rain pushed across eastern Texas, while snow showers impacted Arkansas, Tennessee, and Missouri. Further south, flood warnings were issued in Louisiana and Mississippi due to strong thunderstorms over the region. Alexandria, LA, reported a midday total of 0.99 inches of rain, while De Ridder, LA, reported a midday total of 0.90 inches of rain. Meanwhile, blustery temperatures continued to affect the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast as an arctic air mass passed over the two regions. Winter storm warnings were issued across Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Vermont as a cold front began to inch across the Great Lakes. Mount Washington, NH, recorded a morning low of -14 degrees with a wind chill factor of -58 degrees, while Saranac Lake, N.Y., recorded a morning low of -2 degrees. Light snow showers began to fall in Ohio and New York, but little to no snow accumulations occurred.
A cold frontal boundary moved across the Eastern Seaboard on Wednesday, while a separate cold front moved southward over the Intermountain West and northern Plains. Winter storm warnings and flood warnings were issued across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Wednesday as snow, sleet and rain fell in a handful of states. Light snow showers moved across parts of the Great Lakes and the Ohio Valley, while more moderate snow showers fell in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York and Vermont. Sherburne, NY, reported a midday total of 4.50 inches of snow, while Lowell, VT, reported a midday total of 3.50 inches of snow. Coastal regions across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast experienced rainy conditions on Wednesday. Windsor Locks, Conn., reported a midday total of 3.12 inches of rain, while Pawtucket, RI, reported a midday total of 3.01 inches of rain.
Jim G. Munley, jr.
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