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Bill O
03-21-2007, 04:16 PM
It's not a blizzard, ice storm, high winds, or a storm at all. But today the pressure was very high, especially for this time of year. Around New England today surface pressures reached 30.80".

These are the kind of pressures you see during Arctic highs in January. Other than that its not a very exciting topic. You just don't see it too often.

Brad
03-21-2007, 09:27 PM
I heard there was some snow forecast for tonight - then it changed to "Wintery Mix" - now they are saying freezing rain.

Bill O
03-21-2007, 09:31 PM
I heard there was some snow forecast for tonight - then it changed to "Wintery Mix" - now they are saying freezing rain.

Too much warm air aloft. Major warm air advection occurring tonight which will lead to a quick warm up tomorrow.

parnelli
03-22-2007, 02:03 AM
Too much warm air aloft. Major warm air advection occurring tonight which will lead to a quick warm up tomorrow.

30 on the summit at 200am:eek:

Bill O
03-23-2007, 06:15 PM
Is there any weather to talk about anywhere? Something? Please....

treant985
03-23-2007, 06:33 PM
Is there any weather to talk about anywhere? Something? Please....

The temps have been pretty mild across the country, so even the national extreme temps (which I really enjoy looking at) have been pretty boring. The low yesterday (12) and today (17) are nothing like the ones from just three and four days ago (-21 at Embarrass, MN, and -17 at Island Pond, VT). Only one station reported 90 or higher yesterday (in TX), and it'll only be a little bit warmer today.

On these boring days, I end up going through some of the old NOAA online temp tables just for fun...and to verify some of my extreme temp data from years past. It's actually more interesting than it sounds ;)

Bill O
03-23-2007, 07:27 PM
I have a weather station in CT thats about a month away from collecting 5 years worth of continuous data. I created a spreadsheet that tracks the daily averages and extremes.

With only 4 years worth of data its fun because I break a record every few days. But the averages are all over the place, just not enough data points. When I start to run a moving average that includes +/- 10 days of data the graphs finally start to smooth out.

I also update this page (http://www.easternlight.net/Weather/Darien/Normals.pdf) every month. I got the idea from MWO's site.

That's pretty much what I do with the weather when it gets boring.

Edit: Where do you get the national extreme data? Is there a convenient source?

Brad
03-23-2007, 09:05 PM
I have a weather station in CT thats about a month away from collecting 5 years worth of continuous data. I created a spreadsheet that tracks the daily averages and extremes.

With only 4 years worth of data its fun because I break a record every few days. But the averages are all over the place, just not enough data points. When I start to run a moving average that includes +/- 10 days of data the graphs finally start to smooth out.

I also update this page (javascript:na_open_window('win', 'Weather/Darien/Normals.pdf', 0, 0, 800, 800, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1)) every month. I got the idea from MWO's site.

That's pretty much what I do with the weather when it gets boring.

Edit: Where do you get the national extreme data? Is there a convenient source?
Bill, your link does not work.

Brad
03-23-2007, 09:08 PM
Is there any weather to talk about anywhere? Something? Please....
We hit 80 degrees here in NC today. And I saw it hit 51 at the cabin in Maine. The snow along the driveway is melting fast and I do not even need to turn the driveway heat system on to do it.

Bill O
03-23-2007, 09:16 PM
Bill, your link does not work.

Should work now.

http://www.easternlight.net/Weather/Darien/Normals.pdf

treant985
03-24-2007, 12:57 AM
Edit: Where do you get the national extreme data? Is there a convenient source?

The NOAA puts it at the very bottom of each national report here: http://www.weather.gov/view/national.php?prodtype=tempprecip

they put one out at 830am and another at 830pm. Just keep scrolling, and you'll see it. They keep several days' worth of info on there at the same time so make sure you're looking at the right date.

The problem is that they're pretty inconsistent about those highs and lows. For instance, they recently said they wouldn't count any station above 8500 ft in elevation for the coldest spot in the nation....but then about a week later they put Leadville, CO (almost 10000 ft) up there as the cold spot. They also miss late reports (places like Embarrass and West Yellowstone aren't automated so they often don't show up on the state pages til late at night).

I usually end up going through several state climate pages each day, to make sure I've got the best info. Here's the one for Colorado http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=co&prodtype=climate ; to get other states, just change the 'CO' in the URL to other state abbreviations; keep scrolling and almost every state page has a nice table showing the high and low temp at most stations for the last day. I keep separate lists for the uninhabited (or almost uninhabited) places like Mt. Washington, Bodie CA (a ghost town), Charleston NV, and Death Valley.

Accuweather also puts some national highs/lows here: http://wwwa.accuweather.com/news-summary.asp?partner=accuweather&traveler=0#extremes , but they're not always based on official NOAA station data.

treant985
03-24-2007, 01:02 AM
We hit 80 degrees here in NC today. And I saw it hit 51 at the cabin in Maine. The snow along the driveway is melting fast and I do not even need to turn the driveway heat system on to do it.

I live in Chapel Hill and follow the weather here: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/data/obhistory/KIGX.html . High today here was 81; Raleigh hit 83. Tomorrow morning, check out this page: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/view/validProds.php?prod=HYD&node=KRAH and it should tell us if any station beat 83 today. Still cool in the mountains, though--several stations with lows in the upper 30s yesterday.