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Atlanta Weather | Frozen Falls????

Atlanta Weather | Frozen Falls????

 

The cold air that hit much of the United State early this week brought on new (old) weather words like “polar vortex,” and it also brought in a little exaggeration….like headlines that read “Niagara Falls Has Frozen Over!!!” I lived in this area a number of years, and have never seen the falls completely frozen, in fact there is no proof that it has ever completely froze over.
There are tales people being able to walk across the Falls in 1911, but the photo below shows water still flowing. During the winter, temperatures at Niagara Fall will range between 16 and 32 degrees. The photos are impressive, but never of the falls completely frozen. Take at look at a few photos through the years.

More Wild Weather Changes Coming

More Wild Weather Changes Coming

A powerful storm system off the west coast will head in this direction and throw some heavy rain with a few t-storms overnight Friday night into Saturday morning. The timing on this looks to be around 2am the area of heavy rain will be moving into the western sections of the state, then making it into metro Atlanta by around 6am. There could be a few strong storms Saturday morning, but at this point in time we are not expecting anything severe. We could see around an inch of rain when this whole thing is said and done.

For next Wednesday both the GFS and EURO are showing small chances for a little snow in parts of N Georgia. Of course this is a week away, but both models have shown this on a few runs, so I will keep my eyes on it.

Here are some more really cool blogs for you to check out:

Atlanta Weather | Lake Effect Snow From Space

Atlanta Weather | Lake Effect Snow From Space
Check this out. NOAA's GOES-East satellite snapped this Midwest "whiteout" of sorts at 3:15 p.m. EST, before sunset, providing side illumination to the clouds and lake-effect snow, which forms when cold air moves over warmer lake waters. That warm water evaporates and heats up the lowest layer of air; since warm air is less dense than cold air, it rises and begins to cool. The result? The water vapor condenses into clouds and falls as snow, sometimes as huge amounts of snow in these "lake-effect" bands.Pretty cool shot! 

Massive Sunspot Pointed Directly at Earth Releases Massive Flare!

Massive Sunspot Pointed Directly at Earth Releases Massive Flare!

One of the bigest solar flares in 11 years was launched by a massive sunspot yesterday, a Class S3. The thing about this one is that it was launched directly at the Earth! Here is an article from USA Today.

The polar vortex may be gone, but another extreme event is coming. Space weather experts say northern states may be able to see the aurora borealis, or northern lights, Thursday and Friday morning.

"We're hoping," said Joe Kunches with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colo. "The sun has done its part, it produced a fast, energetic eruption about the middle of the day Tuesday."

That eruption blew off a piece of the solar atmosphere that is winging its way toward Earth, said Jeffrey Newmark, a solar physicist with NASA. It will take about two days to reach us.

Record Cold Here, Record Heat Elsewhere

Record Cold Here, Record Heat Elsewhere

While all of us recover from 55 straight hours of below freezing temperatures, other parts of the world are dreaming of cooler temperatures!

Temperatures in California and Arizona have been about 10-15 degrees above normal for almost the last two weeks. Now, while many of us might find it hard to feel bad for those areas “struggling” with highs in the 70s, it’s the weather pattern that is associated with it that is causing so many problems. 

That pattern is causing incredibly dry conditions. Parts of California and Oregon had their driest year on record last year.  Eugene, California missed their average rainfall total by over a foot (-24.91” below normal), and Big Sur, California was over three feet below average (-37.62” to be exact)! But even those numbers would have been appreciated in Occidental, California where they had a rain deficit of -41.54” last year.

Big Changes Coming This Weekend

Big Changes Coming This Weekend

Well, we are finally out of this nasty blast of arctic air, but a different type of annoying weather will be returning over the next few days..... rain....'

As this high pressure slides towards the east we will get back into a wedge pattern with thick overcast conditions returning to the region by later tomorrow evening. This means that starting later tomorrow night through Friday we will be seeing gray skies with periods of light drizzle on and off. Temps will be in the lower 40's for both days and the chance for rain is around 40-60% starting late tomorrow night through Friday night. We could see a bit more heavier rain late Friday night.

Saturday a strong system will approach from the west and we will have a very wet day with periods of heavy rain through Saturday afternoon. Temps for Saturday will actually be in the low to mid 60's! The rain should come to an end late Saturday night into Sunday morning. Temps on Sunday will be in the mid 50's.

What is this Polar Vortex?

What is this Polar Vortex?

This is a really cool article on what a polar vortex is. This is the reason why we are so darn cold now. From NBC:

(NBC NEWS) -- Move over, haboob.  See you next summer, heat dome. The weather phenomenon hogging all the attention now is "polar vortex." Twenty-six states are under wind-chill warnings or watches, and the polar vortex is to blame, breaking loose from its North Pole confines and plunging the country in a deep, dangerous freeze.  

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