Monday, February 8, 2010

February 8-9 Snow

Yesterday was a beautiful, sunny day.  The roads had finally dried, yet snow was still prevalent on the yards and fields (except for a neighbor's yard, where nearly all their snow was used up in constructing a 10' snow monster!)  Clouds began to drift in from the west by evening, and overnight, light snow developed in our area and across Missouri.

The air temperature is 6° colder than during Friday's snow.  This has completely changed the structure of the snow that's falling, along with the snow-water ratio (which was 6.3 : 1) .  Today's snow is a very light, disc-like flake that acts like a million reflectors on the ground.

:: Feb. 8, 6:00 a.m. ::

New snow:  0.7"
SWE:  0.07"
Water Ratio:  10 : 1 
Storm Total:  0.7"
Total Snow:  2.5"

(new snow)

(total snow)

What a beautiful day it has been!  After this morning's observation, we got the call from school that we'd be staying home.  I headed into town to get a cup of coffee and enter the first part of today's entry.  On my way back home, I was treated with some sun dogs.  I typically see these on the other part of the sky, at evening (although, I usually drive to work before the sun comes up, too).  I just happened to have my camera with me:


The sun came out shortly after this picture was taken (roughly 7:30 a.m.), and we had partly sunny skies for a moment or two.  The snow didn't pick up again until around noon (giving us the chance to head to Columbia and hit Bass Pro *score!*).  Our temperatures hovered just above freezing for the majority of the day, so any snow that fell melted as soon as it hit the ground.  I feel that this greatly impacted our storm total amount.  It has been snowing at a steady rate since noon, and it is still snowing.
However...the accumulation didn't begin until late evening, when the temperature dropped below freezing once again.  Hence the long break between observations.  

:: Feb 8, 9:30 p.m. ::

New Snow:  1.2" (since 6 am observation)*
Storm Total:  1.9"
Total Snow:  3.9"
Observation:  The wind has just now picked up, as it has been calm all day.  It is gaining strength out of the WNW.  Light/Moderate snow is falling.

(new snow)

(total snow)

* - Much snow fell today that didn't accumulate.

Monster Snowman!
At least 10' tall
Final report tomorrow morning.  Measurement will be difficult as the strong NW winds will blow most of what falls tonight.  

:: Feb 9, 6:00 a.m. ::

The snow continued overnight until around 2 a.m. and the temperatures plummeted quickly!  When I went to bed, they were just beginning to drop, at 30°.  This morning, it is 4° with wind chills down to -6°.

Storm Totals
New Snow:  0.2"
Storm Total:  2.1"
Total Snow:  4.1" 


OSNW3 said...

I was greeted to typical southern downpour (I'm assuming). High speed wiper action not good enough, dark unfamiliar roads with lots of standing water. Gusty winds to boot. It doesn't take long to get soaked. :)

How's the snow, looks like you all are getting a good dose.

WxWatcher said...

The snow has been beautiful. Not often does it fall vertically for a long period of time. Although we didn't get much accumulation today, it has been a great day.

I see the line of storms that moved through LA/AR. Sounds like you pretty much had to drive through what you were reluctantly expecting. At least that's over!

OSNW3 said...

Wow, it really cooled off down by you. I believe my wife said it's been hovering in the 20's up by us, which is nice.

It feels like Spring down here. :)

OSNW3 said...

It's about to get out of hand down here now... so they say. 1-3" of snow expected in Monroe, LA tomorrow night and Friday morning.


I hear the deep south doesn't take well to snow...

WxWatcher said...

Wow! Pictures, man, pictures.

Friday's the day you're driving back, too right?

What an amazing winter it's been for everyone. Especially on the East Coast. Speaking of which, have you seen the AccuWeather guy on youtube? (I think in Baltomore). It's hilarious. Search for it.

We've been in the single digits the past two nights. Although it's been cold, I can take it as long as we get some snow out of it! We're in line to get some more Sunday. We might hit our average this year!

WxWatcher said...

Here's the link. Enjoy!

OSNW3 said...

Of course! It started snowing around dark. It's snowing pretty good... it would be accumulating FAST if it were cold. Nothing on the cemented areas except for bridges and overpasses. Grass is covered. Flakes the size of quarters coming down hard.

Here's a pic of the hotel out front when I got back about 8:30pm.

Bob said...

Hey, pack some of that stuff up and send it my way...we are snowless out here!

WxWatcher said...

What a great shot of the palm trees. Thanks for sharing! Seems you lucked out and got to have snow on your trip.

Bob, I know how you feel. Last winter was a bummer for us down here, sounds like what you're going through. Last February, we had a string of days in the 60s.

Safe travels, OSNW3!

OSNW3 said...

Ok, that dude from accuweather is HILARIOUS!