Monthly Archives: February 2011

Heavy Snow Moving Into Central Plains

Another significant winter weather event is under way and will dive south and east across the Rockies, Plains, and portions of the Mississippi River Valley through the middle of the week. This will bring an increased risk of moderate-to-heavy accumulations of snow, some mixed wintry precipitation to the south, and gusty winds associated with the strong low pressure center.

Yet Another Winter Storm…But a Warm Up on the Way?

Snow is falling across the Northern Rockies this morning as I’m writing this and it looks to increase in coverage and intensity as we head into the afternoon/evening hours. Snow will spread from the Northern Rockies of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and northwestern Colorado south and eastward into the High Plains of Wyoming, northeastern Colorado, western […]

When Summer is Winter / When Up is Down

Here at ImpactWeather we used to have a forecast service that was called a “Weather Window.” A client, typically a photographer or cinematographer, would establish particular weather conditions needed (snow, rain, sun, etc) and when we found those conditions, we would notify the client with the necessary amount of lead time. I remember a particular […]

Driving in Winter Weather is Dangerous…Here are a Few Safety Tips

Parts of the South are getting hit hard again today with freezing rain and sleet which can make for hazardous driving conditions. I’m sure you’ve all heard the term “black ice” before which refers to a thin coating of ice on the roadways that is very hard to see. It can make bridges and overpasses […]

Ice-melter in the News

Magnesium chloride (MgCl2) hydrate, the miracle liquid, has been in the news lately. In fact, it’s in the news every winter and you’ve likely already had some exposure to it today. Do you know what it is or what it does?

Winter Storm Chat Text Now Available

Nearly 6,000 folks joined us at Noon CST for an hour-long chat about the current SE TX / SW LA winter storm situation.  The chat was hosted by The Houston Chronicle‘s SciGuy Eric Berger.  You can read the full transcript of the accurate, informative and often humorous chat here.

Hate to Sound Like a Broken Record, But Records are Breaking

Flurries (northern Metro Houston) and sleet (coastal areas near Galveston) have already been reported this morning. This afternoon though is when the precipitation should begin in earnest with accumulations in some areas nearing five inches of snow by tomorrow morning and other areas accumulating 1/4-inch of ice or perhaps even more.

Part II: Can Lizards and Squirrels Predict an Early Spring?

Yesterday, we talked about how Punxsutawney Phil was an amateur weather forecaster and how hummingbirds, robins and toads could do a better job than him. So today, from birds to lizards, the Green Anole is another species whose reappearance may indicate spring is near. They’re primarily found in the southeastern U.S. and some Caribbean islands. […]

The Beginning of Those “I Remember When” Stories

Rolling blackouts are what we awoke to this morning in Houston. The outdoor thermometer read 26° and the power companies are struggling to keep pace with demand. The house was still warm and it certainly wasn’t the end of the world — this New England Yankee can handle some cold! But my cats seemed to […]

Part I: Punxsutawney Phil, You’re an Amateur

By now there are two things you can automatically assume about Groundhog Day. One is that there’s a good chance Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow and there will be six more weeks of winter. Matter of fact, out of the last 114 years’ worth of predictions, Phil has seen his shadow 99 times so […]