Sunday, February 24, 2013

Weather Rewind -- February 17th-23rd, 2013

Temperatures last week averaged 3.3 degrees below average in the region as we dealt with a couple of shots of cold, sandwiched around storm systems that brought moderation in temperature but also brought rain to the city.  We picked up a third of an inch of rain between the two storm systems that moved through the region on Tuesday and Saturday, more than that southeast of the city over the course of the week, and with Tuesday's system some sleet and snow fell either as a mix or in entirety as the storm system moved in with a dry enough airmass overhead to allow for temperatures to cool to allow snow through the lower atmosphere.  Some parts of the Poconos picked up three inches of snow on Tuesday.  Locally, the best we could do is some flurries on Sunday, Wednesday, and a mix of sleet and snow showers on Friday evening in advance of Saturday's storm.

The storm system that brought Saturday's drizzle and rain to us brought upwards of 22" of snow to parts of Kansas on Thursday.  The Plains, as you're aware, have been in a drought that helped fuel last summer's mega heat through much of the country.   Rainfall in parts of the Plains and Southwest (New Mexico) has run  at less than 70 percent of normal going back over the last two years. It's a pretty remarkable run of dryness that one storm won't be able to make much of a dent into. It helps but a continuation of active weather across the South and Plains is needed to make more of a dent.