Monthly Archives: April 2011

Tamarack CA snow depth record of 454 inches

100 years ago Tamarack CA (6913 ft) reported a US record snow depth of 454 inches on 10 March 1911.  They also reported a seasonal snowfall total of 767 inches that year. Fast forward 100 years and 9 days to … Continue reading

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The end of the California Drought

Remember the headlines from two years ago like this one in USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/weather/drought/2009-01-30-california-drought_N.htm Dire warnings were issued two years ago in January 2009 with the California Department of Water Resources director declaring: “We may be at the START of … Continue reading

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Cold in Arizona, morning of 10 April 2011

Just 2 weeks ago Death Valley CA experienced a record-breaking temperature of 103 degrees in March. Now just 2 weeks later we have a subzero reading reported from northern Arizona at Bellemont. After several inches of snow fell across the … Continue reading

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Nome and Valdez AK report record snowfalls

Nome received its biggest April snow day on record while Valdez was blanketed with 27.8 inches of snow yesterday. RECORD EVENT REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NOME AK 102 AM AKDT FRI APR 8 2011 …RECORD SNOWFALL IN NOME ON THURSDAY… … Continue reading

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Sea Ice off Barrow Alaska, time-lapse view

The Sea Ice Group at the Geophysical Institute – Univ of Alaska, has prepared this time-lapse view looking NNW of the seasonal evolution of the sea-ice cover off Barrow from October 2008 through August 2009. Other years are also available … Continue reading

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Major storm last evening in the Bering Sea

A major cyclonic storm moved into the Bering Sea late yesterday causing high winds throughout the Aleutian Island chain. Particularly hard hit was the village of False Pass where winds were estimated to have reached 100 to 110 mph. This … Continue reading

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Cold morning at 500 mb over Medford OR

Above Medford OR this morning the coldest 500 mb temperature of the 2010-11 winter was observed with -36.9 deg C.  Here is a list of the five coldest Medford  soundings this winter at 500 mb (~18,000 ft): -36.9 on 7 … Continue reading

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Lightning over Baja California

A disturbance moving into Baja California this morning produced a considerable amount of lightning.  This can be seen in this satellite/lightning image from  09:30 PDT today.  Also note the considerable amount of lightning near Hawaii.

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Sunset over Seattle tonight

Photographer Doug Mahugh captured this scene tonight of the awesome sunset over Seattle on a cold and blustery evening.  This photo looks into the heart of the Olympic rain shadow which extended downwind of the Olympic Mtns over Everett and … Continue reading

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Subzero dew points in northern Arizona today

As cool dry subsiding air swept across northern Arizona from the NW today, dew points dropped to as low as -14 F at Winslow AZ this evening.  With a temperature of 56 F, this resulted in a dew point depression … Continue reading

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