Saturday, October 29, 2011

First Frost and First Winter Storm

The temperature dropped to 30F this morning which was the coolest of the season so far. A widespread frost occurred this morning. Temperatures were below freezing from 1:20am to 8:40am. I'm not sure if this would be considered a freeze though. The temperature was below freezing for several hours, but usually we need temperature in the upper 20's for several hours for a killing freeze. That didn't happen. Interestingly though, the first below freezing morning low last year also occurred on the morning of October 29.

On to the big news. A mid fall winter storm has been tracking across the nation this week. It started in Denver, Colorado on the 26th with 3-5 inches of snow in the metro area and up to 15 inches in the higher elevations to the west of the city. What's really interesting though is that just two days before the storm hit, Denver enjoyed temperatures in the 70's. After hitting Denver with the cold and snow, the storm then dove towards Texas dropping a 3-4 inches in Amarillo. The storm produced rain across the Tennessee Valley and Ohio Valley, but changed back into snow across the higher elevations of eastern Kentucky and West Virginia on Friday and Saturday. Winter storm warnings were issued for the New England states Friday with forecasts of up to 10 inches of snow in the inland areas away from the coast. Earlier tonight, the forecast for New York City was up to 7 inches of snow, but that has since been dropped to 2-4 inches of snow.
Hopefully, Indiana will get in on the action in a few weeks. :-)

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