February 22, 2017

Beautiful winter weather was found around the Midwest Tuesday afternoon. Highs in general were 20-30 degrees above normal and a number of records were established. One place that's really been on a role is the Quad Cities (Moline to be specific). With a high of 69 Tuesday the city on the Mississippi had its 5th consecutive day with a record high!

Moline's reading of 74 back on the 19th was an all-time February record. Even more impressive, the Qua...

February 21, 2017

A band of clouds and associated rain passed across my local area (and much of the Midwest) Monday. It was the first time in 12 days that measurable precipitation has fallen here in Cedar Rapids. Below you can see the 7 day rainfall totals around the region. Meager to say the least.

On this infra-red satellite image the strong north to south trough that brought the rain to the central U.S. is clearly evident. The red and yellow colors indicate...

February 20, 2017

It was another "scorcher here in the Midwest with many locations hitting the BIG 7-0. Multiple records fell across the region and Moline even busted the all-time February high, reaching 74 degrees.

Here are the records from my local area:

Many readings were 35 degrees above normal across eastern Iowa. If this were mid-July, when the average temperature is 85 degrees, and temperatures were 35 degrees above normal..... that'd be a 120 degree day!

A bi...

February 19, 2017

What a weekend. I'm in Madison, Wisconsin and people everywhere are out in short sleeves and shorts. They are hearty up here and I think they feel it's 80 instead of 60! No matter, it was a glorious day and we toured the state capital (its really sensational), strolled State Street, and rubbed elbows with what seemed like hundreds of badger fans. Thanks to meteorologist Rebecca Kopelman for helping out with posts so I can spend some quality time...

February 17, 2017

As expected, with pressures rising in the western tropical Pacific, Thursday's SOI (Southern Oscillation Index) continued to fall. The reading today was -40.11 against the base state.

That's a drop in the index of 66.77 over the past 10 days.

Based on what I'm seeing sea level pressures are expected to stay high (above normal over Darwin, Australia) the next 10 days. Here's the sea level pressure anomaly for day 10.

Combined with what's going on wit...

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