Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Moderate rainfall

The storm system that brought the rain across the area Tuesday and into Tuesday night dropped anywhere from 0.50" to almost 1.25" of accumulation.  Some specific locations include Toledo Express airport with 0.88", and Lima 1.11".

It looks like another system could provide a similar rain amount early next week.  This rain is needed.  Prior to Tuesday's rain, our deficit since September 1 was almost 4" below normal.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

It could be worse...

Temps cool down

After a string of above normal days, we will see cooler weather return for this week.  The first stage of the cool-down arrives Sunday into Monday.  Normal high is now 49°, so Monday's high...while quite a bit cooler than upper 60s, is still about average for mid-November.

A second chunk of colder Canadian air will arrive by Thursday and Friday, keeping highs in the lower 40s.  Temps should jump a little next weekend.

A few showers...

Even though a cold front will trigger a few scattered showers tonight, it will not be enough to ease our growing rainfall deficit.

So far this month, we are already 1" below normal (Toledo Express Airport has only recorded 0.01" of rain this far).

Rainfall is down over 3.5" since just September 1...a number which may get to near 4" below normal in the coming days.  Some rain chances should arrive in the middle part of the week.  Rain amounts with a series of systems Tuesday through Thursday should be a bit better.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Lots of fog

This morning featured a lot of dense fog, keeping visibilities below 1/4 mile for many hours in a lot of places.  Friday will have another round of fog during the morning, giving way to another sunny and warm afternoon.

The warmer temps of late have allowed the atmosphere to handle more moisture. Winds off the lake Wednesday brought in a lot of low-level moisture.  With light/calm winds and  temperatures dropping into the mid 30s overnight, the moisture cooled to the dew point temperature, allowing the air to saturate.

Things should improve over the weekend.  Some fog is still possible Saturday morning, but it should not be dense.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Snowfall in NE Ohio

While we continue to experience chilly temperatures, our neighbors in northeast Ohio saw an accumulating snow (mostly on the grassy surfaces) late Friday into today. 

Here are some reports of amount of snow cover from 8 am this morning:

5.0"        Pierpont (Ashtabula county)

2.3"        Garfield Heights

2.0"        Broadview Heights, Sagamore Hills

1.0"        Ashtabula, Shaker Heights, Hamden Township, Russell Township, Thompson, Medina, Twinsburg, Wooster

Trace   Concord, Madison, Hiram, Kent, Bath, Kidron, CAK Airport

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The End Of Daylight Saving Time

This weekend is when we fall back one hour to eastern standard time.  The official change occurs at 2 a.m. tonight.  Fire officials ask that you take this time to change batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Sunrise & Sunset times:

Saturday:   8:13 a.m. / 6:24 p.m.  EDT

Sunday:      7:14 a.m. / 5:23 p.m.  EST

fall back

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The season's first flakes

Morning lows dipped into the low/mid 20s for a few days this week, and the colder trend will last through the end of the week.

A few rain showers will be around Thursday.  The leftover moisture Thursday night into the first half of Friday will fall as some flurries or snow showers.  This will be the first sighting of snow flakes this season, an occurrence which usually happens in late October.

The cold air will fade early next week as highs rebound to near 60°.