Monday, October 25, 2010

Sounds and Smells of Spring

You know the smell I'm talking about.  The moist, complex smell that is so prevalent in April and May.  Birds are singing their encouraging melodies, dew points are in the 60s, and storm spotters are put on alert.

The past couple of days have been very spring-like.  Saturday, St. Louis recorded a record high low temperature of 67 degrees (2 degrees above the normal high).  Hail reports clogged the NWS phone lines last night as a line of storms invaded the I-44 corridor from Rolla, MO to Illinois.


Stormy Night

It's not often we see these icons on our forecast page, let alone at the end of October.  Although a severe event is not out of the question any given year, it certainly does catch you by surprise. 

A powerful cold front is driving through Missouri tonight, bringing with it a squall line with embedded mesocyclones that are likely to produce some tornadoes (according to the latest evening HWO discussion).  The quick pace of the front and resulting speed of the storms adds a higher degree of urgency if storms do turn severe.

As of 10:05 p.m., the squall line had started to develop, as seen here in the watch product.  A very large area is under the gun until 6:00 a.m.

4 comments:

OSNW3 said...

For me, it's been the smells of Autumn. Leaves decaying on the grass. I do enjoy that smell...

That snow in SD gonna makes it's way to MO?!

WxWatcher said...

Oh, yes. You cannot parallel the smell of the fall woods. I didn't think of that because we don't have any trees to speak of in our yards :(

The snow sure us marching toward us, but unfortunately it isn't going to hold together. We are forecasted to get into the upper 20s Friday morning.

OSNW3 said...

I foresee you all dropping further into the 20's than us here in Oshkosh. Something I recall happening a couple of times the past few years...

WxWatcher said...

Yeah, I could see that happening. That storm system really sucked a ton of arctic air into the midwest.