Friday, January 23, 2009

Car Washing Weather & Singing Robins Give Way to Winter's Wrath


Long lines at area car washes yesterday and for good reason! It was our warmest day since January 4th and our second warmest day of the year on Thursday.


It was a day we will all remember. The birds were singing and my weather watchers weren't just sending in the good news on how warm it was, but actual wrote me some poems. Check out Kandy Teel's poem above and notice I chose a robin background because I had several robin sightings across the area. As we get closer to Spring we will see more and more of our warm weather friends. Is this unusual? Well not really because there are many robins that do not migrate like they used to and Lafayette's true first sign
of Spring is when we see those red-winged blackbirds. It was still exciting seeing the robins and folks taking advantage of the weather by taking nice long walks. You can see why with these weather watcher highs:

Compare and contrast the pictures above with what happened one week ago! Check out the vaporization experiment successfully done by Carol Goodrich with temperatures well below zero. Now that is an impressive cloud created by some incredibly low temperatures.


Things are going to change in a hurry today. You can still wash your car but I would do it first thing this morning our you could be frozen in your car and that would not be good with the weekend upon us! Do not be fooled by the warm start this morning. Take your heavy winter coat to work no matter how warm it feels. I will be back to tell you more about some shocking changes on the way which by Indiana standards are pretty impressive! I will also post the expected snowfall over the next week here shortly which once again shifted Indiana into one of the higher risk areas. The long-range models are still flipping like fish out of water but I know all of us will be ready no matter what nature decides to do next week!


33 comments:

Anonymous said...

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The long-range models are still flipping like fish out of water but I know all of us will be ready no matter what nature decides to do next week!____________________________

How right you are Mike! We all thank you for all your updates! And I know everybody will be ready for anything! You never know here in Indiana! And what am I doing up????? lol! I got to get to sleep! Been wathcing the maps all night. All enjoy the warm while it last!

Have a good day Mike and Bloggers!
Mike even now at 1:41AM this morning it is still 34.5* degrees out!!!!! Not to bad! ;)
Have a good one.....

Justin.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update. As an avid bird watcher, the red-winged blackbirds usually make an appearance about the time of the girl's b-ball semistate games. This usually occurs around mid-late February. By the middle of March, the birds can be seen along side most rural roads.

Too bad I was not able to wash my truck yesterday. Oh well, it sounds as if it would have been salt covered by the middle of next week.

F/C

Anonymous said...

My car window have ice on them. Where did that come from? Feels like a light freezing drizzle???

Anonymous said...

I heard several birds yesterday, with the sun, the blue sky, it made me happy. I am glad we get days like this hear and there. I am going to walk outside again today, soak it up! January is flying by, which is good! We are over the hump. I love it!

Anonymous said...

Any one know the time line for the wind and cold for today? Temp is 41.7*..

Anonymous said...

Hey there we will start to see the wind pick up a bit by somethine this afternoon. Colder by later on this evening As the cold front makes its way through our area.

If you pull up some prog charts you will be able to see just where the front is at this time.

Hope this helps.

Justin.

Anonymous said...

Where are the long models coming from? I am not seeing anything.

Anonymous said...

Justin, what are you on the poss. snow in Tipp co. for next week? I know several days away.

Anonymous said...

What do I think on the possible snow?

Well As you stated it is still around a week away and maps and models don't always do a great job but in this case I do see a lot of moisture to work with as we head into next week so that should start things.

As for amounts that is still up in the air. The question is going to be will we stay cold or as I should say below freezing. If this next system does move more north and west then the models show which they have done many times in the past and we stay below that freezing mark then I would say we can look for a good snow! I really don't want to give amounts just yet for there is a real good chance it will change from now to then.

As well another chance for a system is on Friday. So the timing is everything. We really just have to keep watching it as things get closer and keep all posted.

And I know this system is giving a lot of forecasters problems. So we just have to see what mother nature wants to do.

I think we all will have a much better idea and can tell you all more as it gets closer. Just hang in there..... ;)

Justin.

Anonymous said...

The bottom line is that the models are a mess at this time!

And it's making things tricky!!

Justin.

Anonymous said...

Come on snow!!!!! We need one big blizzard before spring then I will be happy. My Father lives in Fort Wayne and has bragged about all the snow they have had. I want to bragg next. LOL
Jenney

Anonymous said...

I think that all of us who want snow should say a prayer to St. Jude...the parton saint of lost causes.

The way this winter has gone so far (snow wise)...I think this would be very appropriate!

Chris in Tipton

Anonymous said...

RIGHT ON CHRIS

Anonymous said...

Its getting cold out there! temp has dropped almost 11 degrees.
At 9:30 this morn the temp was 43.4* now is 32.2

Anonymous said...

NO Snow bring on spring:)

Anonymous said...

Mike...In your next update, would you mind explaining the possible tracks of next weeks storms?...I was worried because most other sources show the moisture and bulk of the storms tracking farther south than us...Laf.

Thanks

Anonymous said...

i agree with chris, all snow lovers unite together,,,,Becky from monticello

Anonymous said...

One of the two South Bend TV stations just mentioned a possible storm, with possible ice, for Wed./Thursday. Obviously, there will be much fine tuning to this forecast as the weekend progresses.

I can't wait to hear Mike's latest update. At this time, the wind is blowing, and on my drive home, there was quite a bit of blowing snow crossing the roadway.

Fulton County, (F/C)

Anonymous said...

My five day model currently shows the heavier moisture going South of us.

Anonymous said...

Maybe if we all agree to say a prayer to St. Jude at a certain time....all of us who want snow... maybe we can get one of these waves to produce!!

Chris in Tipton

Anonymous said...

Wow Mike, you must be beat working all shifts..Thanks for the update.

Anonymous said...

Hi guys, the snow that started to melt today, is now frozen solid..My drive is like an ice rink. Be careful

Teri

Anonymous said...

Teri is right my back walk is all icy!

Justin.

Anonymous said...

Having fun tracking this system Justin? I have been looking at many radas, and models..Now I know what you and Mike mean by they are flipping around like fish out of the water.

Teri

Anonymous said...

It is just that teri!

I have been looking at a number of models this past hour and will keep doing so until I get a good idea as to what in the world will be coming! lol.... I have be thinking hard with this system! ;)

Forecasting is my life and I love it! lol.

Have a good one.

Justin.

Anonymous said...

I guess you could say I don't like to miss a forecast so I look at it as it is me VS the forecast and I want to win lol.

As all forecasters do! I would guess Mike thinks the same way! And Indiana makes it hard!

Justin.

Anonymous said...

Are you planning on makeing it a career?

T

Anonymous said...

That would be nice some day! Till then we will see what happens.

Right now you could call it a hobby.

Justin.

Anonymous said...

A fun hobby at that! Well off to bed for me, I have the flu,

Take care, dont stay up too late Justin..LOL!

night all

Teri

Anonymous said...

The flu? Get well soon Teri Night!
Rest up!

Justin.

Anonymous said...

Snow Snow Stay Away!!!

Kevin said...

talk about "Indiana weather". I say it will snow next week then spring will arrive the following week. Looking at models very good chance for a snow Tue into Wed looking at 3-4 inches at most. What r your thoughts justin?

Anonymous said...

Well I was talking with Mike Prangley eariler and we both agree that these systems like to move 100to 150 miles north and west then what the models show. If you pull up just about any model map you will find that the most moisture is to our south! So the thing to keep watch on will be if and when is moves more north and our temperatures stay below freezing!!! If this happens then I think we have a good chance for seeing a bigger snow!

Still it is a ways out and timing will be everything! We all will be sure to fine tune things and time it all out as it gets closer! And a good thing is as it gets closer we are starting to get a handle on it!

Time will tell we just have to keep watching it!

Justin.