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(T. F. “Storm” Walsh III)
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Winter weather discussions only cover from the central U.S., and eastward. Given that winter weather can be vastly expansive, time does not allow for me to go very in depth into items such as detailing the forecast for various areas, or exact calculations for snowfall to when a mix might begin or end (etc.), as compared to severe weather projections and hurricane forecasts. The winter weather discussion is meant to give the viewer a general idea with what to expect during the forecast times mentioned. The NWS Hazard and Warnings map will allow you to view up to date forecast discussions for your area, or the area you are interested in.
Good day everyone!
The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has designated a 15% probability of severe weather occurring over much of OK., and a portion of extreme southern KS. for Sunday.
Based on analysis of F5 DATA Severe Weather Software, using the GFS model, forecast sounding data was somewhat inconclusive, in that somewhat weak parameters were in the forecast. SBCAPE was limited at 200 j/kg, and the Lifted Index at best ranged from 0 to -2. The soundings did indicted 6 km deep layer shear values over the probability area to be around 90-100 knots. The 250 mb forecast map indicated the region will be under a strong upper level jet max which may aid in lift and shear. It was noted, that more of the stronger parameters were further north, over KS. On another note, higher CAPE and Lifted Index values were strongest over TX in the period. I will look at things again on Sunday, as forecast sounding data should be more accurate.
Next, a breif winter weather discussion. Based on analysis of the global models, a strong winter storm looks to be in the making for Christmas Day (Sunday), through Tues, Dec. 26. This system will originate from a low that develops from the Pacific NW, along the Oregon coast, but consolidates to a second low over NV. The system is forecast to move mostly eastward, to ENE until mid to late Sunday morning, before turning NNE and moving the center over the extreme eastern portions of North and South Dakota by Sunday evening. As this occurs, the low will deepen, to around 985-980 mb. Snow should begin in North Dakota late Saturday evening. As this low deepens, and moves closer to the Dakotas, expect snowfall to become heavier over the Dakotas, with the possibility of blizzard conditions over central and western portions of the Dakotas, with sustained winds possibly reaching 30-35 mph, and heavy snowfall reaching into MN. Residents of these states, and the Upper Midwest should monitor NOAA Weather Radio, and their local NWS office for up to date information regarding this winter storm. Please note, a shift in track either way, could mean different impacts for this region.
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T. F. “STORM” WALSH III
GMCS, USCG (ret)
METEOROLOGIST / HURRICANE SPECIALIST /SEVERE WEATHER SPECIALIST
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