Thursday, January 31, 2008

Double Digit Snowfall Closes in!



Our weather team is busy at work and fully staffed. Kelly, Lee Ann, and I have some BIG news. Our new and improved "in-house" weather model just came in with 13" of snow for Lafayette. Our Precision 18 Snowfall computer estimates about 1.5" of snow per hour now falling across portions of southern Missouri and Oklahoma and it is moving our way. I cannot tell you how excited I am about our new computer system you will see on the air next week. It has certainly made a difference already in helping us to forecast and has already saved us 3 hours this morning. This extra time will benefit our weather team and you, by allowing us to give you more updates and state of the art graphics so you can really stay ahead at whatever nature throws at us and that is important here in Lafayette. Our weather is much different than any other part of the state. Now back to the forecast....you can run your errands today but things will quickly go downhill tonight as you can see above. Here is your most up to date snowfall accumulation map.



It should average out between 8 and 12 inches of snow with locally higher amounts here in Tippecanoe County. The one thing we will have to watch is how far north the snow and ice line will move. This storm will be a beast and really intensify as it moves our way. I see plenty of problems with white-out conditions and at times it will look like a blizzard. We will not quite reach blizzard criteria, but it will be our biggest storm since the blizzard of 2007! I will keep you posted with Precision 18 Storm Tracker. Please send in those pictures so we can show them on-air and post them. I thank you in advance. Now I had better make sure my digital camera is charged and get my sleeping bag ready, although I do not think I will use it much tonight, but I will be using the BIG snow measuring stick.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

where is the timeline?

Anonymous said...

wow...i sort of remember a storm like this that was suposed to happen last month, but never really added up to as much as predicted. I hope the new computer system is a good one this time!!!...

Anonymous said...

Mike, I am excited about the approaching weather. But...most importantly, I am thrilled at how dedicated the TV 18 weather team is. I can't wait to track the snowfall along with yout precision predictions. The sledding should be awesome!!!!

Anonymous said...

My family has recently moved to the Cincinnati area and we miss the TV18 weather team's enthusiasm already! Mike Prangley's excitement about the weather is probably the only thing that can make me feel sad about not being in the midst of this incoming snowstorm! Thank you for giving us a way to keep close weather tabs on our family and property interests still in Lafayette!

davy brutans said...

Mike you've done it again!!!!!!You're the best forecaster in the business. I'm so glad you've got a new computer. I will continue to watch you all the time. You da man!!!!

Anonymous said...

I just love how dedicated this weather team is to bringing updates for everyone. It really is a big help!

Anonymous said...

Dumb asses.

Anonymous said...

What about a dry slot cutting the snow totals down. What does that new computer say. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

I agree with all others on your enthusiasm. More importantly, I like the blog. No other website that I have been to presents weather in a blog and I do see value out of that especially when I am at work. Particularly, they are usefulwhen a storm like this approaches. Mike: you should promote your blog on TV. Everybody would find the value out of this.

Roger Scott said...

Let's save our heaping of praise upon the new computer model until we see if its predictions are accurate for this storm. As others have pointed out, the tradition in snowfall forecasting seems to be to significantly overestimate the accumulation. If the model says 10" I'll give it credit for anything from 8" to 12" (i.e., +/- 20%).

Anonymous said...

Mike, you rock! We can feel your excitement, and your blog is always fun to look at! :)

Anonymous said...

Mike, you are very impressive, a couple weeks ago you stated that by the end of Jan. you expected a major snow storm and or ice. Looks like you were right! Hope all of you at WlFI will get some rest and be safe.Thank you for keeping us informed, you are the best!

Anonymous said...

i am one of those who DREADS the BIG snows!! Thanks for all the updates and keeping your viewers informed. It's appreciated.

Amy said...

The Weather Channel is only calling for 4 - 6 inches. It'll be interesting to see who comes out right.

Anonymous said...

Actually the weather channel is predicting 5 to 8 inches tonight with an additional 1 to 2 inches of accumulation tomorrow. So, Mike is pretty much gonna be right on.