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March 4, 2019: Non-subscriber update. Cold.

 

 

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My regular detailed text forecast can be found below these graphics.

My text forecast below these graphics may vary a bit.

 

Missouri

 

 

Illinois

 

 

 

Kentucky

 

 

 

 

Tennessee

 

 

  1.   Cold and dry today through Wednesday night.
  2.   Tracking showers by Thursday afternoon and night.
  3.   A stronger storm system possible Saturday into Sunday morning.

 

Today: No
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Tomorrow:  No

 

Confidence rating explained.

  • High confidence is 70% to 100%.  This means that the forecast is likely to verify.
  • Medium confidence is 40% through 60%.  This means that there could be adjustments in the forecast.
  • Low confidence is 0% to 30%.  This means that dramatic changes in the forecast are likely.

 

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Today through Wednesday night.

  1.  Is accumulating snow or ice in the forecast?  No. 
  2.  Is lightning in the forecast?  No.
  3.  Is severe weather in the forecast?  No.  
    *  The NWS officially defines severe weather as 58 mph wind or great, 1″ hail or larger, and/or tornadoes
  4. Is Flash flooding in the forecast?  No.  General river flooding, however, will continue.

 

Thursday through next Wednesday the 13th

  • Is accumulating snow or ice in the forecast?  Most likely no.  Some models show a rain/snow mix Thursday night.   Low confidence.
  • Is lightning in the forecast?  Monitor the weekend.
  • Is severe weather in the forecast?  I am monitoring Saturday/Saturday night. 
    *  The NWS officially defines severe weather as 58 mph wind or great, 1″ hail or larger, and/or tornadoes
  • Is flash flooding in the forecast?  I am monitoring Saturday/Saturday night.  General river flooding will continue.

 

* The Missouri Bootheel includes Dunklin, New Madrid, and Pemiscot Counties
* Northwest Kentucky includes Daviess, Henderson, McLean Union, and Webster Counties
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March 4, 2019
Monday’s Forecast: Partly cloudy.  Colder.
My confidence in the forecast verifying: High  (90% confidence in the forecast)
Temperature range:   MO Bootheel  28° to 32°     SE MO  24° to 28°     South IL  22° to 26°     Northwest KY (near Indiana border)  24° to 26°    West KY  25° to 30°     NW TN  28° to 32°
Wind direction and speed:  North and northwest at 7 to 14 mph
Wind chill or heat index (feels like) temperature forecast: 8° to 20°
What is the chance/probability of precipitation?  MO Bootheel  0%     MO  0%     IL   0%    Northwest KY (near Indiana border)  0%     Western KY  0%    NW TN  0%
Note, what does the % chance actually mean?   A 20% chance of rain does not mean it won’t rain.  It simply means most areas will remain dry.
Coverage of precipitation: None
What impacts are anticipated from the weather?  Low wind chill values.  There could still be some icy roads.
Should I cancel my outdoor plans?  No
UV Index: 4 moderate
Sunrise:   6:22 AM

 

Monday night Forecast: Mostly clear. A few passing clouds.  Cold.  Cold wind chill values.
My confidence in the forecast verifying: High (80% confidence in the forecast)
Temperature range:   MO Bootheel  14° to 16°     SE MO  12° to 16°     South IL  12° to 16°     Northwest KY (near Indiana border)  12° to 15°    West KY  14° to 18°     NW TN  14° to 18°
Wind direction and speed:  North and northwest at 5 to 10 mph
Wind chill or heat index (feels like) temperature forecast: 5° to 15°
What is the chance/probability of precipitation?  MO Bootheel  0%      Southeast MO   0%      Southern IL   0%      Northwest KY (near Indiana border)  0%     Western KY  0%      NW TN   0%
Note, what does the % chance actually mean?   A 20% chance of rain does not mean it won’t rain.  It simply means most areas will remain dry
Coverage of precipitation:  None
What impacts are anticipated from the weather?  Low wind chill values.
Should I cancel my outdoor plans?  No
Sunset:   5:52 PM
Moonrise:   5:33 AM
The phase of the moon:   Waning  Crescent
Moonset:  4:08 PM

 

 

March 5, 2019
Tuesday’s Forecast
: Mostly sunny.  Chilly.
My confidence in the forecast verifying: High (70% confidence in the forecast)
Temperature range:   MO Bootheel  34° to 38°     SE MO  32° to 36°     South IL  30° to 35°     Northwest KY (near Indiana border)  26° to 30°    West KY  32° to 35°     NW TN 33° to 36°
Wind direction and speed:  West at 5 to 10 mph
Wind chill or heat index (feels like) temperature forecast: 10° to 20°
What is the chance/probability of precipitation?  MO Bootheel  0%     MO  0%     IL   0%    Northwest KY (near Indiana border)  0%     Western KY  0%    NW TN  0%
Note, what does the % chance actually mean?   A 20% chance of rain does not mean it won’t rain.  It simply means most areas will remain dry.
Coverage of precipitation: None
What impacts are anticipated from the weather?   Early morning wind chill values will be in the 10 to 15-degree range.
UV Index: 4 moderate
Sunrise:   6:22 AM

 

Tuesday night Forecast: Mostly clear. A few passing clouds.  Cold wind chill values.
My confidence in the forecast verifying: High (70% confidence in the forecast)
Temperature range:   MO Bootheel  15° to 18°     SE MO  13° to 16°     South IL  13° to 16°     Northwest KY (near Indiana border)  13° to 16°    West KY  14° to 18°     NW TN  16° to 18°
Wind direction and speed:  Northwest at 5 to 10 mph
Wind chill or heat index (feels like) temperature forecast: 0° to 10°
What is the chance/probability of precipitation?  MO Bootheel  0%      Southeast MO   0%      Southern IL   0%      Northwest KY (near Indiana border)  0%     Western KY  0%      NW TN   0%
Note, what does the % chance actually mean?   A 20% chance of rain does not mean it won’t rain.  It simply means most areas will remain dry
Coverage of precipitation:  None
What impacts are anticipated from the weather?  Low wind chill values.
Should I cancel my outdoor plans?  No
Sunset:   5:52 PM
Moonrise:   5:33 AM
The phase of the moon:   Waning  Crescent
Moonset:  4:08 PM

 

March 6, 2019
Wednesday’s Forecast
:   Mostly sunny.
My confidence in the forecast verifying: Medium  (60% confidence in the forecast)
Temperature range:   MO Bootheel  38° to 42°     SE MO  36° to 40°     South IL  35° to 38°     Northwest KY (near Indiana border)  34° to 38°    West KY  35° to 40°     NW TN  38° to 42°
Wind direction and speed:  Northwest at 5 to 10 mph
Wind chill or heat index (feels like) temperature forecast: 20° to 30°
What is the chance/probability of precipitation?  MO Bootheel  0%     MO  0%     IL   0%    Northwest KY (near Indiana border)  0%     Western KY  0%    NW TN  0%
Note, what does the % chance actually mean?   A 20% chance of rain does not mean it won’t rain.  It simply means most areas will remain dry.
Coverage of precipitation: None
What impacts are anticipated from the weather?  None
Should I cancel my outdoor plans?  No
UV Index: 4 moderate
Sunrise:   6:19 AM

 

Wednesday night Forecast: Partly cloudy.
My confidence in the forecast verifying: Medium (60% confidence in the forecast)
Temperature range:   MO Bootheel  25° to 30°     SE MO  24° to 28°     South IL  23° to 26°     Northwest KY (near Indiana border)  24° to 26°    West KY  24° to 28°     NW TN  26° to 28°
Wind direction and speed:  South at 5 to 10 mph
Wind chill or heat index (feels like) temperature forecast: 25° to 35°
What is the chance/probability of precipitation?  MO Bootheel  0%      Southeast MO   0%      Southern IL   0%      Northwest KY (near Indiana border)  0%     Western KY  0%      NW TN   0%
Note, what does the % chance actually mean?   A 20% chance of rain does not mean it won’t rain.  It simply means most areas will remain dry
Coverage of precipitation:  None
What impacts are anticipated from the weather?  None
Should I cancel my outdoor plans?  No
Sunset:   5:54 PM
Moonrise:   6:37 AM
The phase of the moon:   New
Moonset:  6:01 PM

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Thursday:  Cloudy with a chance of an afternoon shower.  Rain is more likely Thursday night.  Highs in the 40’s.  Lows in the 30’s.

Friday:  Mostly cloudy.  A rain shower possible.  Best chance will be during the morning hours.  Highs in the 50’s.  Lows in the 40’s.

Saturday:  Cloudy with a chance of showers and storms.  Highs in the 60’s.  Lows in the 40’s.

 

 

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The National Weather Service defines a severe thunderstorm as one that produces quarter size hail or larger, 58 mph winds or greater, and/or a tornado.

 

Today and tomorrow:  No severe weather concerns.

Tuesday through Sunday:  I am monitoring Saturday/Saturday night into Sunday morning.  Thunderstorms are possible.

 

 

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Monday through Monday Cold air into Wednesday.

Areas without power, because of flooding, could have issues with pipes busting and ice forming.  Standing water may freeze in flood areas, as well.  This is especially true of the backwater.

 

Here is the latest graphic from the WPC/NOAA.

 

This map shows you liquid and does not assume precipitation type.  In other words, melted precipitation totals.

 

48-hour precipitation outlook.

 

Here is the seven-day precipitation forecast.  This includes day one through seven.

 

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Here are the latest local river stage forecast numbers Click Here.

Here are the latest lake stage forecast numbers for Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley Click Here.

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  1.  Cold weather will linger Wednesday.
  2.  Precipitation chances Thursday and Friday.
  3.  A stronger storm system is possible Saturday into Sunday morning.  Locally heavy rain possible.  I am monitoring the risk of storms.

 

Have there been any changes in the forecast over the last 24 hours?

I adjusted Tuesday’s temperatures.  Raised them a bit.

 

Does the forecast require action?

Yes.  Bitterly cold wind chill values will require protective clothing.

Yes.  Avoid flooded roadways.

Widespread river flooding continues across the region.

 

 

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Forecast discussion.

 

Here is my snowfall forecast from Friday/Saturday.  You can see the yellow numbers represent my forecast.  The white numbers represent what was reported to the NWS.

Many of you had sleet and snow.  It was difficult to achieve much in the way of accumulation.  Warm road temperatures.  Warm ground temperatures.  The March sun.  Time of day.  Precipitation rates, for the most part, were not all that great.

Some accumulation did occur.  There were even quite a few wrecks in western Kentucky.

 

White is what was reported to the NWS.  Yellow was my forecast.

 

A look ahead.

Monday through Wednesday night:

 

No precipitation concerns.

Bitterly cold air will be the main concern.  Temperatures will be well below seasonal levels.

Be sure and watch the kids.  Gloves are encouraged with wind chill values during the morning hours in the -5 to 10 above range today and tomorrow.

 

Wind chill is an important part of the forecast.  It is not a made up number to make it feel colder.

 

Areas in the flood zone are going to have to deal with ice forming in homes without power.   Ice forming in backwater areas/still water areas.  Areas without power could also experience pipes that burst.  Not the best forecast for those dealing with flooding.

Let me show you the temperature departure maps.

Normal highs are around 54 degrees.  Normal lows are in the 30’s.

This is 12 PM today.  Well below normal!

 

Monday 12 PM departures

 

Tuesday at 12 PM departures

 

Wednesday at 12 PM departures

 

Thursday through Sunday

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River Flooding To Continue

River flooding is going to continue through the week.  I know many of you are having flooding issues.

Speaking of flooding, here are some links to help you track the crest numbers.

Here are the latest local river stage forecast numbers Click Here.

Here are the latest lake stage forecast numbers for Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley Click Here.

 


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Model Future-cast Radars.  What the models believe the radar may look like.

No radar to look at today.

Dry weather today through Wednesday night.

 

Current conditions.

 

Forty-eight-hour temperature outlook.

 

 

 

 

 


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This will be updated between 10 and 11 AM

The Missouri Valley video (is usually updated during the late morning hours)

 

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Here is the latest WPC/NOAA 6 to 10 & 8 to 14-day temperature outlooks.

** NOTE:  See our own more detailed in-house long-range forecast graphics below these.  They may not always agree **

The cool colors indicate below normal temperatures.  The darker the blue the greater the chance of below normal temperatures.

The warm colors represent the probability of above normal temperatures.

Days six through ten temperature outlook

Confidence % that it will be above or below normal?

 

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Days eight through fourteen temperature outlook

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I bring the following long-range outlooks from the BAMwx team.  They are excellent long-range forecasters.  These are more detailed than the images above.

Remember, long-range outlooks are always going to be a lower confidence level than short-term forecasts.

Long-range forecasting is not an exact science. There are many variables that determine the eventual outcome of a long-range forecast.

 

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Outlook definitions
EC = Equal chances of above or below normal
BN= Below normal
M/BN = Much below normal
AN = Above normal
M/AN = Much above normal
E/AN = Extremely above normal

Normal high temperatures for this time of the year are around 52 degrees.
Normal low temperatures for this time of the year are around 32 degrees.

Normal precipitation during this time period ranges from 0.75″ to 1.00″

This outlook covers March 4th through March 10th 

 

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The precipitation forecast is PERCENT OF NORMAL. For example, if your normal rainfall is 1.00″ and the graphic shows 25%, then that would mean 0.25″ of rain is anticipated.

 

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Normal high temperatures for this time of the year are around 55 degrees
Normal low temperatures for this time of the year are around 35 degrees

Normal precipitation during this time period ranges from 0.75″ to 1.00″

This outlook covers  March 11th through the 18th 

 

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The precipitation forecast is PERCENT OF NORMAL. For example, if your normal rainfall is 1.00″ and the graphic shows 25%, then that would mean 0.25″ of rain is anticipated.

 

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Outlook definitions
EC = Equal chances of above or below normal
BN= Below normal
M/BN = Much below normal
AN = Above normal
M/AN = Much above normal
E/AN = Extremely above normal

Normal high temperatures for this time of the year are around 57 degrees
Normal low temperatures for this time of the year are around 38 degrees

Normal precipitation during this time period ranges from 1.50″ to 1.90″

This outlook covers March 15th through March 28th

 

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The precipitation forecast is PERCENT OF NORMAL. For example, if your normal rainfall is 1.00″ and the graphic shows 10%, then that would mean 0.10″ of rain is anticipated.

 

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Outlook definitions
EC= Equal chances of above or below normal
BN= Below normal
M/BN = Much below normal
AN = Above normal
M/AN = Much above normal
E/AN = Extremely above normal

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March temperature and precipitation outlook

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April temperature and precipitation outlook

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Here is the preliminary March, April, and May temperature and precipitation forecast.

 

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