Sunday, February 5, 2012

Could this winter get ANY weirder?

A new chapter in history for the
historic Coliseum in Rome: 8 inches of snow   

4:30 PM EST 2/6/12 | Though the weather may be gentle here in the U.S. for the time being, wild winter conditions have been observed in unusual and far-flung locales traditionally not associated with snow. The image above, credited to the Sacramento Bee is of the Coliseum in Rome. Much of the central Mediterranean Sea has been under the grip of a legion-freezing cold wave  and snow, the greatest extent of which has not seen since 1986. 

ABC News reported in this article from 2/4/2012 that up to 8 inches had been observed in the outskirts of the historic city, even blanketing the spires of St. Peters Basilica. The Christian Science Monitor noted that snow has was seen as far south as Algeria, Northern Africa. Even war-weary Tripoli, Libya saw accumulating snow for an unusual distraction from their latest struggles to rebuild the country.   

While Europe struggles under continent-crippling cold, there is plenty of extra warmth sending ski resort into havoc across North America. Combine the lack-luster winter of snow with a resurgence of tropical activity in the Gulf of Mexico, makes us wonder: Could this La Nina influenced winter get any weirder? 

Tricky in the Tropics

5:10 PM EST 2/5/12 | An area of disturbed weather in the southern Gulf of Mexico has been showing signs of low-level rotation over the past 12-24 hours. The NHC has already designated this area as "Invest 90-L" and areas of squally weather with brief embedded thunderstorms from this system may approach the Florida Keys into Monday.

Additional details posted in our Tropical Zone on Facebook and for future updates from the National Hurricane Center, you can monitor the Gulf of Mexico Offshore Waters Forecast or the Wind/Wave Analysis from the NOAA Ocean Prediction Center. OPC maps are showing wave heights of approximately 6 feet in the vicinity of this system as it heads northeast.

Besides, it's not like you all have anything ELSE going on today, right? 

(Tropical Team collaborators Daniel Ross, Rich Foot and Ross Harris)


NeedaSnowday said...

<knock>  hellooooooo.....

potential for flurries exist this week......

.....and the silence is deafening</knock>

hocoKtchr said...

I was thinking the same exact thing!  Where are the questions about possible early dismissal???  You know, the important things!  How about a late opening prediction for Thursday? 

Bueller?  Bueller?  Anyone???

:) I, for one, will be checking my early dismissal forms as soon as I get to school today....just in case!!! Fingers crossed....for either early dismissal on Wed or late opening on Thurs!  Both freebies in the "make up school days" department!!!

BioPat said...

Don't hold your breath; with another 50 degree day today, the roads will be wet and not slick so there would not be a need to close the schools.  I could be wrong, but I'm planning on regualr dismissal with an ontime opening for Thursday. 


Andy, Southern York County, PA said...

This will be an inch or less event, the inch being in elevated areas to the north of Baltimore where up to 2 inches could fall in the highest elevations  I don't anticipate that this will stick to paved surfaces.  Grassy surfaces around urban areas should get a nice slushy covering of around an inch.  :'(   Roads will be wet.

hocoKtchr said...

bummer....well, a girl can dream!  I'm sure you are right...way way way too warm!  Oh wel, maybe next time!