Saturday, February 28, 2009

Historic Snowstorm for Deep South & Winter in Charge Here at Home

The big swirl you see over Nebraska is our upper-level disturbance that will turn into a cut-off low pressure in the Deep South. Snowflakes could fly as far south as Florida and heavy snow will be possible as far south as Atlanta. It could then turn up the Coast and finally give Washington, D.C. its first real snowstorm now that meteorological Spring is here. The amazing part of all this is that we will have better travel weather in Indiana than down in Tennessee, the Carolinas, and even parts of Alabama, and Georgia. We should not be complaining about our single digit wind chills over the weekend and those few stray snow flurries.


Even better news is the drier weather will help river levels to start dropping by later on Sunday. Forecast crests will be in the minor range. You see the Wabash River crest at Lafayette cresting at 1.7 feet above flood stage on Sunday. The Covington river level will be cresting at 1.2 feet above normal. This is great news considering most areas have had about 200% their normal precipitation this month not including all the snow melt.


Things should be nice and quiet for much of the coming week and this is the perfect time for me to take my best friend and wife on what you can call a Ground Hog Day present trip that was planned. I think she liked her Valentine's Day gift this year. Remember we celebrate it on Ground Hog Day! I wanted to make sure you knew that I am taking a few days off and will be back on Thursday. We are starting up a new and improved weather blog on wlfi.com and will have more details coming. Right now it is under construction and I will be taking time to help finalize this transition so you have the best weather blog possible.

My wife and I are looking forward to a few days away and cannot believe we will be all alone. I want to thank my mother-in-law for coming in from Wisconsin and helping out. This will be kind of like a second honeymoon for Julie and I. When is the last time we had a trip for 5 consecutive days alone? It may have been our honeymoon cruise almost 14 years ago. It is fitting we are going back to our private place we got married at. It is our get-away place that I feel every couple should have. We may have waited too long, but we found a way back and most importantly back together.

Do not worry! Please do not look into this more than you should. I do look forward to coming back to Indiana to take you through the rest of March Mayhem. It should be a fun month that is for sure! We need to get our picnic planned as well and I think a mid to late April picnic should work. If we wait until May I may be called into work to track tornadoes with you and it may spoil all of our good food and fun we will be having. So we do not want to wait too long to set up our weather watcher and blogger picnic. I will also work on T-Shirts with brow and promotions when I get back! It will be fun! Now it is Julie time!! Keep on blogging and have a great weekend. I do have a lap-top I can check in with you on. I always like hearing what you are doing and of course all your great weather stories and observations!

73 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mike-

Enjoy the time away...I am jealous...I wish that I could have time alone with my beautiful wife! With two very small children and two teenage step children...I have some years to go I am sure before that can happen!!

Come back rested and ready to go to work on SPRING TIME WEATHER!!!

Chris in Tipton

fishhawk said...

Have fun Mike!;) By the time you get back my indoor seedlings should be sprouting!! Yes its that time of year!

Rick

Anonymous said...

Have a great time away with your beautiful wife, Mike! We shall miss you while you are gone.

MA in REM

Anonymous said...

I will also get the opportunity to get away in about 22 days. I am going to Florida for spring break. Just to be able to get away for awhile, it will heal our brains. I think if we all were able to get away, we would would feel better, and have a better perspective on things.

I am so excited for spring coming. I gotta get the grass seed ready!

Anonymous said...

Mike, have a fun and well deserved break, but as always we shall miss you.. hope everyone is doing fin. Rick how are things going for you and your family??,,,Becky from Monticello

Anonymous said...

Have fun on your trip Mike and It's about time you got your Lap Top! LOL..... :-)

They are a lot smaller and you can take them with you! That is why I love mine so much!

Have a good one Everybody!

Justin.

Anonymous said...

Mike,
Bring back some warm weather with you!!! Hope you enjoy your time away. May this 2nd honeymoon be just as great as your first one.


Richard

Anonymous said...

Nice day! The sun is shining and a warm 30 degrees:) Is windy though!

Enjoy the rest of afternoon!

Have a wonderful Trip Mike!

Teri in Laf.

Anonymous said...

I hope you both have a great time Mike!!!
I love reading this blog and am thankful for you taking the time to post and everyone else as well.

Even if its to cold outside today I have enjoyed the nice sunlight comming in.:)

I feel for you Chris, I too want to go on a trip with just my hubby(of course for u wife lol)

Renee in Laf.

~Sher~ said...

~Enjoy your well-deserved "time away" with your "wife & best friend"..she has to "share" you with so many..she also surely deserves some "alone" time with you..SPRING is "in the air"..I can feel it..or..maybe it's just my "wishful thinking"..either way..every warmer & sunny day is one less day of what's left of this Wnter Season~

Anonymous said...

I know that I have said this on here before at some point....I am 38 years old....got married 3+ years ago....have a 15 year old step son....12 year old step daughter....2 year old son and 1 year old daughter. I work 3 jobs, one of which is a teacher.

I would settle for a NIGHT ALONE with my wife....

Chris in Tipton

Anonymous said...

By the time Thursday rolls around....do you think that we can get 300 intelligent posts on here? I think we can....without too much effort!!!

I hope that Mr and Mrs Prangley enjoy their time away. Since they celebrate on Feb 2....where do you suppose they went? I would guess either north or WEST.....Canada or Hawaii....

C in T

Anonymous said...

Lake effect snow moving in?

Anonymous said...

Good afternoon bloggers! Nice morning, but windy with a few snow showers in Laf. Still cold with a temp of
30.7* Cant wait for the warm up, maybe tomorrow:)

Hope are all doing well and over the Indiana cooties, a word we used when I was young, think it means something else these days:(.

Anywho all have a wonderful day.

Teri

Anonymous said...

AND HAPPY MARCH 1ST!!!!! yes spring is near. Woke this morinig to the sound of Robins singing, all on the ground. I have heard that if the first Robin you see when spring is near, and is on the ground is a sign of bad luck, well I saw about a dozen, UGH!!

Anonymous said...

Hey fellow Bloggers!

I got good news!..........We will start to warm up a little again by Wednesday! This is good news for all you wanting warm weather and for it to be Spring like!

It was sure cold last night with a low here in my area of Lafayette of only 23.2* degrees..... COLD!

But knowing that we will once again warm by this week should help get us through these few more days of cooler weather.

The good old Cold, has hit my house as my Doggie Dobby, got sick this weekend! Poor little guy did not leave the bed all weekend! I have been up with him until at least 3:30 Am the past two nights. Good news is he is getting much better and looks much better today! Just a little doggie cold! :-)

Have a good day bloggers! And enjoy the rest of your weekend....................

Justin.

Anonymous said...

Justin i hope your dog keeps getting better.

I do love when its sunny out,it makes being cold not as bad

I just saw the forcast and am excited about this weekend i hope it stays that way, i would love to take the kids out

Chris WOW I hope you can get a night alone soon
Renee in Laf

Anonymous said...

Justin i hope your dog keeps getting better.

I do love when its sunny out,it makes being cold not as bad

I just saw the forcast and am excited about this weekend i hope it stays that way, i would love to take the kids out

Chris WOW I hope you can get a night alone soon
Renee in Laf

Anonymous said...

some very light snow flakes falling in Laf.

Renee in LaF

Anonymous said...

Hi blogger friends and weather watchers!, Today may be my last day for blogging, due to economic times, I may be forced to give up my internet connection. I do know there are free sites and I am checking in to those.

MAN OH MAN!! I hope to be able to blog and track the weather with all of you. At this time things look grim.

However I am hoping things will work out..I am bummed.I dislike my internet provider and the cost is out of my field at this time, Just in time for tracking T-storms..darn:)

Teri



Teri

Anonymous said...

Teri: I hope you do not have to give up the internet. I really do enjoy reading your posts.

It sure is a cold Sunday afternoon. There was quite a bit of lake effet snow showers in Berrien County this morning as I drove home. For some reason, it did not bother me as much as it would have in Jan./Feb. I guess it is because I know we are coming to the end of winter. Also, the sun angle helps.

F/C

Anonymous said...

Thank you F/C, hope to keep things up and running. I just received this email...Nasty, so tired of the cold.

Our cold weather rolls on! Tonight skies will remain mostly clear as lows drop to around 12 degrees. A few spots may hit the single digits. Expect wind chill values of -5 to 5 tomorrow morning, and another cold day Monday. Highs to start off the work week will only be around 30. We could be close to 60 by Friday.

Teri

Anonymous said...

Went to Benton County for daughters indoor softball practice. Wow...the flurries were coming down. On way across 52 to Lafayette, visibility got down to 1/4 at times, but no snow accum. It did look like someone shook a snow globe and it was pretty, but by the time we got done in Lafayette, the flurries were over. Teri...geesh hope you don't lose your internet. I would sincerely miss your posts and your recipes.
Jamie

Annie said...

Aaaawww... I love how Mike loves his wife and family so much. It makes me smile!

Joey said...

I was down south this weekend in Murray, KY with the cycling team and Saturday was epic- just like it was predicted. It started off raining in our race, stopped, then switched to sleet, ice, and snow all on the last lap. Felt like the race was in Belgium...

Anonymous said...

Teri,
Try AT&T we have them with no phone and they gave us DSL with no other charges. They open a line and you dont get to use a phone but you get the DSL. Just a thought to throw your way. We gave up our TV and broadband to cut back.

Richard

Anonymous said...

ahhhh another sunny day!!
Renee in Laf

Anonymous said...

It is beautiful out and even better news is my doggie is looking and feeling much better.....He is back to his little playful barking self! (Barking) Ugh.....LOL no really he is doing a lot better and we both got some sleep last night!

We have warm spring like weather coming by Thursday along with a little light rain but we will take it!

I will check back a little later on this afternoon with more if you like on the mild Spring like weather to come!

Till then have another great day which I'M sure you all are doing! :o)

Justin.

Anonymous said...

Justin
Glad your dog is better!! What is your input on Spring? Is it going to stay near normal temps or below?
Jamie, Got a new camera :) going to try and brave the cold and get some pics.

Richard

Anonymous said...

Hey Richard,

I was looking at the Climate Prediction Center or the (CPC) and for our 6 to 10 day outlook we will be slightly above average temperature wise and for the 0ne to three month outlook we look to be right around average for above normal and below normal days for temperatures!

I hope this helps! :o)

I will check back with a forecast or as I like to call it a Quick Cast Blog Cast........Here this evening!

Have a good one!

Justin.

Anonymous said...

Hi all, computer is still up and running so far.

Richard thank you for the info on AT&T, I will check into it, along with other options.I pay a crazy amount for internet, and the co just did a price increase!

Justin glad to here you dog is doing better! I hate it when mine get sick, they are part of the family.

Very pretty out but darn cold.Glad the sun is shining!

Teri

Anonymous said...

Justin,
Thanks for the info! Hope the predictin is right on the nose. I am so ready to get much warmer weather. Cold and sunny but will deal with it for a couple of more days.

Richard

Anonymous said...

Quick Cast Blog Cast..........

Here is what I got as of 6:18pm.....

We do have warm weather on the way but first we have another cooler day TOMORROW with highs in the low to mid 30s and SUNNY SKIES! Winds light and calm between 5 and 10 mph.

WEDNESDAY....We will see another day of partly cloudy to sunny skies with highs in the 40s getting warmer and winds between 10 and 15 mph. With even warmer weather to come!

THURSDAY....We really start to feel like Spring in more ways then one! Thart's right we will see highs in the low 50s with off and on light rain showers. No nothing to cause any problems most models have it only around .10" inches which is light..So this would be an off and on here and their deal.

We will see some light rain on FRIDAY as well light rainfall is expected again nothing to cause problems. Around .10" With highs in the upper 50s around 57* degrees. And Even some more light rain on SATURDAY! Again Off and on light showers possible.

After looking at the CPC for the next 6 to 10 days we are expected to be above average on not only temperatures but also precipitation. So yes we will see the spring like weather and the rain to go along with it!

We could even see a stray thunderstorm Sunday into Monday so I will watch this closely as we keep getting closer however this is around a week away and as we all come to know on this weather blog is that things change ever so much and so fast so lets not worry about that right now..... However keep your umbrella in your car for the next few days this week and keep those rain gauges out and ready to go!

We will be wet as we head into next week and things should be fun to track here and in other areas!

Wet But Warm on the way! We can't have it all..........:o)

Hope this helps you all.......... Have a great evening!

Justin.

Anonymous said...

Teri, I use 4 point networks out of Lafayette and my internet is only $44.00 a month, high speed wireless. It does cost to get the equipment but I believe they have a payment plan for the equipment to get you started. Service has been great. Only time I have lost my internet was when power went out and I am out in the country in benton county. You might give them a call.

Cindy

Anonymous said...

Teri,
We pay 19.99 a month for our DSL through AT&T. It is alot cheaper than broadband or wireless. We have no problems with the speed for 19.99. I think you can get it as low as 14.99 a month.


Richard

Anonymous said...

Thank you everyone!, I appreciate your suggestions! I am checking it to all to keep my internet up and running.

Ya know, this just proves what this blog is about. Not only watching out for each other during bad weather, also bloggers offer a helping hand, or posts:) in other situations. All of you are
awesome!

Cant wait to meet you guys, that is if we do have a picnic..

A big THANK YOU!

Keep warm tonight, the warm up is coming soon:)

Your weather friend

Teri

Anonymous said...

My thermometer already reads 13 degrees!!!! It is only 12:05! I am thinking we may get as low as 5 tonight!!! WOW!!!! THIS IS MARCH!

Chris in Tipton

Anonymous said...

Morning, it is cold Chris, the
temp where I am located is 11.4* have to let tha car warm up this moring.

It is so nice to drive to work in light, but that will soon come to an end, when we have to change the clocks again, not far away!

I really dislike these blasted time changes.

All have a great day. ISTEP for us this week..

Teri

Anonymous said...

ISTEP - yuck!
Time change - DOUBLE YUCK!

Chris in Tipton

Anonymous said...

Yes, boo to the time change! Well if anything, can't we get a referendum going and put us on Central time? We're not that far east and more in the Chicago corridor! Sigh....I know, I know, it's an age old argument :-/

Anonymous said...

Hi fellow Bloggers,,, hope all is well with you and are enjoying the weather.. can;t wait for mike to come back but i too agree hes needs this time with his wife.. take care,,Becky from monticello

Anonymous said...

Where have all the bloggers gone?
No exciting weather, but all used to blog regardless.

Anonymous said...

Theres no such thing as "No exciting weather" To me! LOL.....Everyday is Fun!

Quick Cast..........

Today we did start to feel a little better temperatures wise as my high here in Lafayette was right around 35* degrees and it felt rather warm at times! However it did not last for long before we started to cool but once again!

Well, more warm weather is right around the corner this week as we can thank a warm front for pushing through on this coming Friday where we will warm to NEAR 60* degrees with highs right around 57* degrees..... Now you know that this warm up can't come without a price! We got rain coming as well...

Rain on Thursday starting sometime after Noon time and going off and on through out the day! Also a little Breezy with winds between 15 and 25 mph with a few gusts to 28 mph possible.

Rain on Friday! With rainfall expected to be around .10" inches so light this time! But the heaver rains are coming.....

More Rain on Saturday!!! Will it ever end? lol.....This is where we could see slightly highier amounts with Lafayette currently around .10" inches and north of Lafayette around Newton, and Jasper, Counties only around .25" inches possible. It all comes down to where will the Low track! If it stays to our north then amounts will be less yet. So nothing real big at this time.

And last but not least more Rain on Sunday with rainfall currently expected to be between .30 and .75 here in Lafayette with still that chance for closer to an inch possible but this is believe it or not a far forecast! And I'M sure this will change as we head into the weekend! So we will just keep watching this.....

But for all the warm weather lovers get ready because it looks like at least the next four to five days will be in the 50* degree range! Wet but not to bad!

I myself am ready for some warmer weather but not to HOT! :o)

Have a GREAT NIGHT Bloggers!

Justin.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Justin!
I can deal with the rain and the warm temperatures. Hope it stays normal or above average. I checked with someone on the CoCoRaHS and they are going to a meeting a week from this Friday. Hopefully they will get to teach the class. It will be for Warren, Vermillion, and Fountain Counties, Possibly Benton County. Keep your fingers crossed.

Ricard

Anonymous said...

nice job justin

i myself would take a 32 degree day with snow then a 33 degree day with rain! why u dont get so wet being i work outside. on the bright note a 50 degree + day with rain is better a whole lot better then a 33 degree day with rain dont get me wrong. bring on some good fishing weather!!!

scott in monticello

Anonymous said...

Richard I hope you get to start posting to the CoCoRaHS real soon. It is a lot of fun and it helps for other people to see how much Rain / Snow / Ice Or whatever you had around your area!

Yes Scott I wuold also take a rainy day with temperatures around 50* + rather then 30* degrees! Don't like that COLD rain! LOL :o)

Have a good Night Bloggers!

Justin.

Anonymous said...

18 more days until I leave for Florida, I am hoping for good temps around that time. Last year it was a bit chilly! Going to get my tan on!

Anonymous said...

sounds like we have good news all around....justins dog is getting better, we have been having lots of sun, and warmer weather is on the way..if tomorrow is nice enough i may have to let the kids out but i dont know....

my son was coughin bad in his sleep last night but i hope that means the cheast congestion is breaking up....he didnt want his diper on sometime last night so ewww there was a mess to clean up..i hope the rest of my day goes better
Renee in Laf

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful day out. A little chilly but not compaining! Going out to get the boat ready. Cant wait to get it out on the water.
Renee, Hope your baby gets feeling well soon.

Enjoy the day!

Richard

Anonymous said...

Very beautiful day! Nice to not wear the coat! A temp of 48.9* where I am located..

Half day for LSC tomorrow, hope the day is nice! The kids need a break after all their hard work on the ISTEP. Darn its stressful on them and teachers as well..

T.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Richard! You have fun with ur boat.

I agree T. they take a lot of you.

Anonymous said...

Help Please! I was in another room when the weather came on TV18. I could hear some, Did Stephanie D say 2-3 inches of rain Sat and Sun??? I did not hear her say anything about flooding, and river levels! That is a lot of rain and not to mention flooding!

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Richard, did i read correctly that you are attending a Coco class? As much as you like wx, it will grow on you to read the comments, see how much rain/snow others received, etc. I wish others would do this, too...eh BENTON COUNTY???

I have had the nasty upper respiratory bug going around. yuck....feeling pretty miserable.

MA in REm where it is still a balmy 35* out there!

Anonymous said...

MA in Rem,
Still checking on the class. I met with someone that is going to check in on the training session. Keeping fingers crossed it will be held in Warren County in the near future.
Closest one is in Indianapolis in March at 2:00 p.m. at th Indianpolis Weather Center

Richard

Anonymous said...

Hope you get to feeling better soon MA! The yuck seem to hang on and on!

A warm 37* in Laf, just turned the heat up in the house. Not looking forward to the rain.

Richard how are you liking your new camera? I have been doing some wishful shopping..I am lost without mine!

Teri

Anonymous said...

Richard there has to be a class closer than INdy. I googled Purdue Extension Office and got this phone number for you:

Phone: 765/474-0793

give them a call and ask about a CoCo class. I had a one-on-one training session and got my free rain gauge and snow board in my county office.

Teri thanks for good wishes. Yuck is still in full swing here :-)

MA in REM

Anonymous said...

I am SO TIRED OF SICKNESS!!! I am over it! It is time to get better....and move on!!!! HA! MIKE COMES BACK TODAY!!!!!!!

Chris in Tipton

Anonymous said...

It was a nice day yesterday with a high in my area of Lafayette of 48.2* degrees and if that was not enough we seen that warm sunset!

Well, warmer temperatures today with great grilling weather! Yes we will still see some rain but it looks really light and not until sometime after 12:00pm this afternoon. Rainfall looks around .10" inches or less.....This time! Friday and Saturday we will also see some light off and on rain showers. The good news is this is not an all day wash out! As we head into Saturday night into Sunday! We will see the rainfall amounts get higher and even a possible thunderstorm... Saturday we will see rainfall amounts in Lafayette stay around that .10" inch mark and slightly high around .25" inches north of Remington.

Saturday night into Sunday we will see a heaver band of rain move in along with that possible line of thunderstorms which I want to point out currently does not look to be severe. At this time but I will keep watching and keep you all posted as needed. Rainfall currently looks to be between a half inch and three quarters of an inch possible for the Lafayette area and around Remington, between three quarters of an inch to "Maybe" An inch possible. However as you know we will keep fine tuning this as we get closer!

But today you can grill out just be ready for a little sprinkle later on this afternoon.....I did my grilling yesterday and BOY WAS IT EVER GOOD!!!!! :o) Have a great day.....

Today is my dogs Birthday he is six years old.....HAPPY BIRTHDAY DOBBY! Have a good one Bloggers.

Yep Mike does come back today!Welcome Home Mike!!!!!!!!!!

I'll Catch you all here later.....

Justin.

Anonymous said...

I think we should all gave a big thank you to Stephanie Davis for filling in for Mike. She has worked long hours this week. It's nice to know Mike can get some well earned time off, yet the quality of the weather forecast doesn't change.

Thank you Stephanie for all your hard work and excellent forecast.

Anonymous said...

Wow temp is 49 degrees in Laf. yes! Very cloudy, and rain must be close for my hair is a frizzy mess LOL!

Have a great one!

Anonymous said...

A big thanks for Stephanie Davis for her hard work! Thank You Stephanie!!! We are currently at 47.1 here in Attica with cloudy weather. Humidity is at 52% the Barometric pressure 29.98 and dewpoint is 30. So looks like the chance of precipitation is pretty low.

Mike, Hope you had a relaxing vacation and glad to have you back.

Teri,
Yes I am enjoying the new camera :)
Thanks for asking.

Justin,
Thanks for the update! you cooking out, if so I will be up for lunch ;)

Richard

Anonymous said...

thanx ms. Davis for keeping us informed

Anonymous said...

Such a nice day, dont think I will be cooking out though, too windy!! Temp 62.7*Loving it!

Richard might be a good day to take pics of blowing leaves:)

Teri in Laf.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the earlier bloggers. Stephanie Davis does a great job. We're lucky to have her here. Thank you Stephanie.

Anonymous said...

I am ready to hear from Mike!!! This blog must be like cocaine....pretty darn addictive!!! LOL!

I see a possible return to colder weather in a week....

I am not seeing any snow.... BOO HOO!!!!!

Chris in Tipton

Anonymous said...

saw sand hill cranes flying north today over monticello, is that a sign of anything

Anonymous said...

Anyone in Lafayette have a clue as to the wind gusts are?? On the WLFI Weather Web site SD wrote:

Temperatures will be much warmer with highs in the upper 50s. A good sign of the warm up continuing is the winds are out of the south and a warm front swings through the area today. Breezy conditions today with southerly winds at 13-23 mph and gusts up to 33 mph.

Gusts seem much stronger, and the temp is 67*

Anonymous said...

Yes thank you Stefanie:( here is the latest on all of your hard work. thank goodness for bloggers!

Issued by The National Weather Service
Indianapolis, IN
2:10 pm EST, Thu., Mar. 5, 2009

... WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN INDIANAPOLIS HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY... WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON.

WIND GUSTS TO NEAR 50 MPH ARE LIKELY THIS AFTERNOON ALONG WITH SUSTAINED WINDS TO 30 MPH.

A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT WINDS OF 35 MPH ARE EXPECTED. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT... ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.

More Information
... WIND ADVISORY UNTIL 6 PM EST...

.WIND GUSTS MAY EXCEED 45 MPH THIS AFTERNOON ALONG WITH SUSTAINED WINDS TO 30 MPH.

Anonymous said...

were luck to have two excellent meteorologist on the same station. when one's off we still get the same excellent forecast from the other one. thank you Stephanie.

Anonymous said...

Were the Isobars not to be seen on this afternoons forcast. Yes S may have been filling in for Mike, but he has filled in for her, and always kept us updated!

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Love the warm weather, Mike. Good luck in San Antonio!!

Jay

Anonymous said...

San Antonio? Didn't Mike tell us that he isn't going anywhere?

Anonymous said...

Tree branches and small limbs down in Tipp Co! The possible high winds were posted on weather sites!

Stephina said breezy, not high winds We are soooo lucky to have her.