Average: Low: 7F (Record: -34F set in 1936)
*Daylight Gained Since Winter Solstice (December 21st): ~39 minutes
2.4 Days After Last Quarter
Devastating Storms in the South
It has been a very active weekend thus far in the Deep South. Take a look at some of the tornado damage across parts of Mississippi. While there have been nearly 2 to 3 dozen tornadoes already, one in particular injured 4 in Toxey, AL.
Here's a look at all the storm reports through PM Saturday, which suggested widespread hail, damaging wind and even tornado reports from near Houston, TX to Georgia and southern South Carolina.
2017 Tornado Count
According to NOAA's SPC, there have been 52 PRELIMINARY tornado reports so far this year (through January 20th). Note that this is more than the short-term (2005-2015) average of 33 through January 20th.
Snowfall has been most impressive across parts of the Western U.S. with some spots seeing feet of snow over the last several weeks. Take a look at this picture from Yosemite National Park where nearly 2ft of snow has fallen in the past week. Here's an excerpt from Yosemite Conservancy, which says that the Central Sierra snow water equivalent is at 150% of normal for this time of year.
"The latest update from Yosemite's winter rangers! More than 2 feet of snow fell in the high country over the past week. As of yesterday, Central Sierra snow water equivalent is at 150% of normal for this time of year (for the latest snowpack info, check out the CA Data Exchange Center: cdec.water.ca.gov/snow/current/snow/)."
Tuolumne Meadows Ski Hut - January 12, 2017.
Take a look at how impressive the 30 day precipitation tallies are across the West Coast. Note the purple colors that indicate 12" of liquid! Some spots have quite a bit more than that and there's more precipitation on the way!
Improving California Drought
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the California drought continues to improve. Note that from last week to this week, there was more improvement in the Extreme and Severe drought. WIth the additional moisture late last week and through the next several days, we should continue to see even more improvement!
Atmospheric Rivers Continue...
The last several days have featured multiple rounds of heavy moisture across the Western U.S. thanks to rivers of moisture from the Pacific. The last river of moisture pushes through the region late weekend and into early next week with widespread heavy rainfall and heavy mountain snow.
Last Wave of Pacific Moisture
Several rounds of heavy precipitation have blasted the West Coast and we're not quite done yet. Another surge of heavy precipitation will push through the region through the rest of the weekend and into early next week with significant rainfall, flooding and heavy mountain snow.
Here's the snowfall potential through early next week, which shows widespread heavy mountain snow. Another 1ft to 2ft.+ can't be ruled out across the Sierra Nevada Range, while heavy snow may also be possible in the mountains across southern California and into Arizona.
*Corn, soybean yields may lose 40%-50% by end of the century
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