Sunday, March 18, 2012

Winter in the West
Stormy in the middle
 Summer in the East? 

Left:  5 feet of snow over 5 days in Tahoe; Right: High of 75 F in the northern Chesapeake Bay on St. Patrick's Day.

6:45 AM EDT 3/19/12  As we move into the second half of March, the weather has kicked into high gear in the central U.S. once again. Energy from the storm which dumped 5 feet of snow in Tahoe has begun tapping warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico. This interaction is likely to spin up severe weather noted in the NOAA Storm Prediction Center's Moderate Risk graphic noted below. 


Meanwhile, many Eastern states will remain quite warm for much of the week ahead with highs of 10 to 20 degree above average. As far as wet weather in this region, showers and storms are possible over the Ohio Valley. For official watches and warnings the affected regions, please consult the National Weather Service. Forecast and Affiliate zones to be impacted by today's weather include our Severe Weather Zone for the Ohio Valley and ConvectiveWeather for the Southern Plains.

(Forecaster Mike Natoli, sunset & snow photo by two members of the Foot family on two  coasts during St. Patrick's Day) 

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