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!