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  1. STL may hit 105 on Friday and Saturday.
  2. For Las Vegas, I wonder what their lowest relative humidity on record is. Yesterday at 2:00 PM, it was 99/-1, which translates to a RH of 2%.
  3. Tampa hit 98 yesterday, which broke the old daily record of 94. Pretty impressive...and probably helped by the recent dry weather there. I imagine 98 is close to Tampa's all-time record high?
  4. This is insane...it's May 18!!! I know CO and WY climo leans toward bigger snowstorms in March/April vs. DJF...but wow. And this isn't just a high mountain top event...although even that would be impressive for the time of year. Cheyenne is expecting 12-18", and Laramie 18-24".
  5. Cheyenne is now expected to see 1-2 feet of snow today and tonight...just crazy for May 18. Laramie may see 24-30".
  6. Me too - but you and I are rare breeds...which is great. Bring on 1/6/2014.
  7. Not in our sub-forum...but the trough over the Rockies responsible for the severe weather in the Midwest has some incredibly cold air associated with it, for the time of year. There may be accumulating snow in Denver tomorrow...which is shocking for May 18. Grand Junction CO may drop near freezing tomorrow morning...which would set a new record for latest freeze by 4 days.
  8. Not bad for May 8. ORD dropped to 34, quite chilly but safely above the record of 29 set in 1983. Rhinelander hit 22, tying the record set in 1929. They had dewpoints in the single digits yesterday afternoon.
  9. Waukegan is 46 under clear skies at 3pm...pretty remarkable for May 7. Portions of northern WI may drop into the teens tonight, which I imagine would be close to the coldest temps on record for so late in the season.
  10. ORD dropped to 35 this morning...which was only 5 degrees above the record low of 30 set in 2004. Normal low for today is 45. This is the time of year when there is not much variation in low temps in NE IL. This is probably due to climo lake cooling keeping normal lows relatively cool, and short nights keeping record lows fairly mild. I'm sure it's quite different out by RFD or the QC.
  11. This is absolutely ridiculous and is evidence of how misplaced our priorities are. I knew Gilbert well when I was a student at NIU in the 1990s. Great person with unmatched passion and work ethic who has done so much for the university.
  12. After the horror show of the past two winters, I was poking around Chicago's monthly F-6 climo pages for 2013-14, just to remember what cold and snow look like. While 2013-14 was a good winter relative to the typical crappy winter in Chicago, my review of the numbers reminded me why Chicago's climo is so frustrating for those who enjoy winter. In particular: looking at the technical numbers, January 2014 had all of the good attributes relative to normal (-8.1F temp departure, 33.7" of snow which is about 3x normal). On paper, it looks great. However, January 2014 only had 10 days with a snow depth of 6" or greater. That is just shocking to me. If you go north up to 45N, you'll find that even the worst Januaries have 6" on the ground for most of the month...much less 10 of the 31 days. ORD is close to 42N...not very far from 45N as the crow flies. What point am I trying to make? Even the best winters at 42N can't compete with 90% of the winters at 45N. It's tough to be on the wrong side of the Midwest "winter gradient". Another example...parts of southern IA only had about 6" of snowfall for the entire 2016-17 winter...whereas northern IA had around 50" (still nothing to write home about...but at least they salvaged decent snowfall in an incredibly mild winter). Here's to Winter 2017-18.
  13. Yeah...it was a shockingly bad winter over much of the central & southern Midwest. Portions of southern Iowa had less than 6" of snow for the season. While Chicago somehow ended up with around 26" (about 2/3 of normal), the "boots on the ground" reality was much more tame due to the extremely mild temps. The 83-day period from December 19 - March 11 saw a whopping 0.7" of snowfall. And, there were only 21 days in NDJFM with 1"+ snow depth...just ridiculous.
  14. Agree. Waterloo broke the old record of 1 set in 1925. Mason City dropped to -6, breaking the record of -5 set in 1979. Normal lows are in the mid-20's.
  15. LOT The main challenge with lake effect snow events such as this is forecasting snowfall accumulations over a broader area. Because the heaviest snow showers are likely to be in a band only about around 15 miles wide, there is likely to be considerable variability in snowfall amounts over short distances. Some of this large variably is likely to occur over the Chicago area. Areas falling under the heaviest band of snow, which at the present time looks to favor portions of Cook...eastern Dupage and at least southern Lake county Illinois, a good 5 to 10 inches with isolated higher amounts appear likely. The main band of heavy lake effect snow appears that it may gradually shift southward or waver across Cook and Dupage counties through the night. This would suggest that the lake effect showers will begin to impact portions of Will and Lake county Indiana, especially later tonight into Tuesday. Additional heavy bands of snow may then shift back over far northeastern Illinois by Tuesday morning. For this reason, it appears that there could be a prolonged period or two of heavy lake effect snow over portions of the warned area, and this could result in isolated higher amounts than currently forecast. Lake effect showers will be possible through Tuesday for northeastern Illinois, before the main focus for lake effect begins to shift over northwestern Indiana. Additional headlines for lake effect may be needed for more counties in Indiana, but since most of these areas will not get in on most of the lake effect snow until either later Tuesday or Tuesday night, we have opted to hold off on this for now. Its even possible that the current advisory in effect for Lake county Indiana may need to be upgraded to a warning if it becomes apparent that heavier snow will fall there on Tuesday.