Sunday, February 22, 2009
More Flurries Fly As We Stay in the Deep Freeze
It should be an interesting last week of February on the way. It never is dull this time of year. Today is a big day for our country. It is George Washington's birthday. This is significant for all weather lovers, bloggers, watchers, and enthusiasts. George Washington was not only one of our founding fathers but he was one of the first Americans to keep track of the weather. His dove of peace weather vane still sits on top of his Mount Vernon home. He also had a couple of prized thermometers that he kept track of the weather with that are still in pretty good shape. His recording of -17 degrees in Philiadelphia in 1788 went down as one of the coldest days of the 18th Century. Here is an excerpt from George writing about the weather in his diary.
The 22nd of February, 1793: "And as it is not only satisfactory, but may be of real utility to know the state of the weather as to heat & cold, but drought or moisture, prefix, as usual, at the head of every weeks report a meteorological account of these. The Thermomiter which is at Mount Vernon will enable you to do the first". This was just one of several weather references in his diary.
Today it is important to know the state of the weather especially with wind chills remaining in the teens and by late tonight falling to near zero. We still have a few weather disturbances pivoting around in our cyclonic flow. This will keep our chances of snow flurries going through at least late tonight but there will be little or no accumulation.
We will come ouf of the deep freeze by Tuesday afternoon with rain and maybe even a thunderstorm by Thursday with highs near 50 before we track another winter weather event next weekend which could bring more slushy snow. I know a lot of folks are looking for Spring weather. I will make sure to talk about this transition here on the blog tomorrow and why it could be a rough one. We will also have to watch area rivers by late in the week once again with some models showing close to an inch of rain possible on Thursday. The Wabash is still running near flood stage. Have a great day and stay warm.