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Old 04-25-2012, 07:00 AM
 
Location: USA East Coast
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For much of the USA east of the Rockies...the big spring question is what will May bring?

Many NWS stations reported very warm Feb, March, and now April. The question is will May follow with above normal warmth east of the Rockies? The newest short range is out...and here is how it looks:











It looks like many areas of the east will continue to see warm and dry conditions...while the southern plains looks to be drier...and much of the rest of the mainland should see seasonable temps. I guess we'll find out soon if this all is correct.
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Old 04-25-2012, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Bummer.

I just wonder if we'll ever see cooler and wetter here in the SE - the drought is building rapidly, and little rain is forecast for our area for the foreseeable future. Par for the course, I'm afraid...
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Old 04-25-2012, 11:38 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Today should come close to average (maybe a degree below), but the rest of the week is expected to be below average with a chance of rain. The sun has been out here and there, but it's been pretty cloudy. Great weather.

This morning's low was 30 F.
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Laurentia
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Bummer.

I just wonder if we'll ever see cooler and wetter here in the SE - the drought is building rapidly, and little rain is forecast for our area for the foreseeable future. Par for the course, I'm afraid...
Yes, par for the course. It's awful. However, I would like to point out that it doesn't have to get wet again if it doesn't want to, at least as far as I prefer. Cold and dry will work just as well as cold and wet.
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Yes, par for the course. It's awful. However, I would like to point out that it doesn't have to get wet again if it doesn't want to, at least as far as I prefer. Cold and dry will work just as well as cold and wet.
Yeah, my preferences for weather is as follows (most likeable to least):

Cold and snowy
Cold and dry
Warm and wet
Cold and wet
Warm and dry
Hot and wet
Hot and dry
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Old 04-25-2012, 02:07 PM
 
Location: CT - close to coast
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Yeah, my preferences for weather is as follows (most likeable to least):

Cold and snowy
Cold and dry
Warm and wet
Cold and wet
Warm and dry
Hot and wet
Hot and dry
Perfect expressions for each senario. We should make that our signature. LOL
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Old 04-25-2012, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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Lol, that's funny.

For me it would be the following:

Cold and snowy
Cold and dry
Cold and wet
Warm and wet
Warm and dry
Hot and wet
Hot and dry
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Old 04-25-2012, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Western Massachusetts
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A weather underground blogger claimed that the recent snowstorm was the largest late April snow event since 1928; though I think it depends on how you define late April; parts of upstate NY got over a foot of snow on April 17, 2007.

I'm a bit puzzled why he claims Jonestown was the largest town to receive substantial snow and lower elevations below 1500 feet missed snow. Perhaps, he means in general and Ithaca was one of the few exceptions.

All in all, an interesting event to experience (as I've said, I've seen late season snow events before but only during unusually cold and snowy winters / early spring) and a good conclusion to some the strangest weather period I can remember.

Since August:

1) Torrential rain in August to early October, including one tropical storm
2) A record-breaking late October snowstorm
3) Almost continuous above average temperatures since September, though since early April it's been less unusual, at least where I am
4) Record breaking March heat wave
5) Unusually long dry period
6) Freak? late April snowstorm
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Old 04-25-2012, 03:23 PM
 
Location: CT - close to coast
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A weather underground blogger claimed that the recent snowstorm was the largest late April snow event since 1928; though I think it depends on how you define late April; parts of upstate NY got over a foot of snow on April 17, 2007.

I'm a bit puzzled why he claims Jonestown was the largest town to receive substantial snow and lower elevations below 1500 feet missed snow. Perhaps, he means in general and Ithaca was one of the few exceptions.

All in all, an interesting event to experience (as I've said, I've seen late season snow events before but only during unusually cold and snowy winters / early spring) and a good conclusion to some the strangest weather period I can remember.

Since August:

1) Torrential rain in August to early October, including one tropical storm
2) A record-breaking late October snowstorm
3) Almost continuous above average temperatures since September, though since early April it's been less unusual, at least where I am
4) Record breaking March heat wave
5) Unusually long dry period
6) Freak? late April snowstorm
Thanks for the reminder. Did you know Ithica broke the daily snowfall record for 4/22? And you were a part of it. :-)

Here's a good summary of that storm including the latest Ski resort open ever in PA. Two Feet of snow in PA on April 22 | Ice Age Now
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Old 04-25-2012, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Waterloo, ON
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It looks like many areas of the east will continue to see warm and dry conditions...while the southern plains looks to be drier...and much of the rest of the mainland should see seasonable temps. I guess we'll find out soon if this all is correct.
AccuWeather.com - Brett Anderson | Long-Range Forecast Model Update (http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-blogs/anderson/long-range-forecast-model-update-2/64469 - broken link)

Brett Anderson of Accuweather.com posted an update to his long range forecast (until May 20). According to the forecast, the east coast will mostly be seasonable, while the areas around the Midwest and the Great Lakes will be wet and warm. This model seems to be in agreement with what's published by the NWS

Climate Prediction Center - Forecasts & Outlook Maps, Graphs and Tables

The rest of this week looks like it's going to be colder than average though
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