Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration Day!!!

I have to say it was amazing to see so many people gather to watch the inauguration today!  I actually lived in Washington D.C. for many years and I have never seen anything like it!  No matter who you voted for it was almost surreal to see 2 million people gather to watch Barack Obama become the 44th President of the Untied States of America.  What was even more impressive was the cold those people dealt with all day.  Currently it's 23 degrees in Washington D.C. and the high only got up to 30 degrees.  What made it worst was a strong NW wind gusting up to 25mph...  Needless to say I'm glad I watched it on TV!!! 

Today was also a cold one in Starkville...  We only made it to 36 degrees and currently it's 23 degrees...  I actually think we will drop lower than the forecasted low of 19 tonight...  I think 16 is very possible!!!  Fortunately things are going to start warming up a little as we should be close to 50 on Wednesday and near 60 on Thursday!  Right now 60 sounds AWESOME!!!

Before I leave you tonight I would like to leave a GREAT link to facts about Washington D.C. inauguration weather.  This link was made by the national weather service in Sterling, VA and it is extremely well put together.  It has lots of great information/cool facts that I never new/heard about...  ENJOY!!!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Current Temperature: 25 degrees

I just wanted to post a quick update on the bitter cold we have been experiencing the last two days!  We actually haven't been above freezing since about 4pm Thursday!!!  This is EASILY the coldest we have been in Starkville in 3 years.  As far as the longest period for us below freezing, I would have to say it hasn't been below freezing for an entire day since I was a senior at MSU back in 2003...  I guess I would have to double check that but I think it's pretty close!

GTR Readings:

Thursday High:  34  (North Winds gusting 20-25-mph)
Friday Low:  10
Friday High:  30
Saturday Forecasted low:  14  

I sure wish I was back home with my parents in Miami...  Miami's current temperature is 56 degrees which is actually "cold" for south Florida...  HaHa    :-)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

BITTER COLD on the way!!!

Well I haven't posted in awhile so I figured I would at least talk briefly about the bitter cold heading our way in Starkville. Of course what we will see here is NOTHING compared to what people are experiencing in the Northern Plains and Great Lakes... Some places in northern Minnesota were in the -40F to -50F degree range this morning. That's just insane to me and is something I hope I NEVER experience in my entire life. When I lived in Washington D.C. we got below zero a few times but -40F is just crazy!!!

The polar vortex is making its way towards the US and many people are going to experience some of the coldest air in years. I know for us in Starkville this is some of the coldest air I have seen in at least the last 2 or 3 years. Thursday were looking at a high of near freezing with a low Friday morning near 10 in many places around Starkville. The record low for Mississippi State on Friday morning is 8 degrees which I don't think we will get. Even though this is some fridiged air, there is not enough snow pack to our north. Some of our coldest days occur when you have the polar vortex heading down like it is in this case but with snow pack as close as Memphis... Because of this the air will moderate some as it leaves the snow pack, which is currently located in Cetral Illinios, Indiana, Ohio, etc... Also we still have a decent amount of moisture in the soil so I think that will help keep dew points up a little... I actually think the NWS forecast of 12 degrees is going to be really close... Again it's all relative to where you live but for us in the Deep South this is some COLD COLD air...

On a side note I just wanted to point out that I probably won't be posting near as much this semester. Of course I'll post when there is some interesting weather occuring but I don't think I can post nearly everyday like I did last semester. I have a lot of projects I want to work on this semester so I need to focus more of my attention on that.... My main goal this semester is to work hard on my website, uploading past storm chasing videos and journals. I really need to complete that so I don't forget important details from past expericences. I highly recommend everyone keeping a weather journal when you storm chase. That way it will be much easier to remember things. I have to say that sometimes I kick myself for not keeping better records on my past storm chases. Anyways, I'll do the best I can and hopefully by the end of the semester I'll have most everything up and running! I think many people will really enjoy the storm chase videos... Again, I'll still post a few times a week, I just can't post almost everyday like I did...