Tuesday, March 30, 2010

3/30 - 5pm - MSU Video Forecast

It's been gorgeous around Starkville for a couple days now and I think we'll continue that trend into the weekend! Our next chance for rain will be on Saturday, when some storms will move through ahead of a front from the west. Temperatures should stay in the 70's for at least the next week, so get out there and enjoy it!

Only 38 days until I set out on my month-long Great Plains storm chase!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

3/28 - 2pm - MSU 7-Day Forecast

The swings in temperature last week forced many here in Starkville to switch from shorts to blue jeans and back to shorts again. Luckily, temperatures should be more stable this week with less rain and sunny skies! I'm thinking that we could reach 80 degrees here on Friday, which is a welcome summer preview. Our next appreciable chance for rain will happen as a system comes through near end of next weekend.

A friend of mine found this fortune in her fortune cookie at lunch yesterday:

The funny thing is that it was 70 and sunny yesterday, so the fortune was right!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

3/23 - 5pm - MSU Forecast Video

After a dreary, cold day yesterday, we're enjoying sunshine and warm temperatures around Starkville! Temperatures in the mid 70's are possible tomorrow, but some storms are in the forecast for Thursday. Spring has certainly sprung!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

3/21 - 10pm - MSU 7-Day Forecast

A few snowflakes may fall across North Mississippi tonight, but I don't expect any accumulations as temperatures will stay above freezing. A few rain or snow showers will pop up tomorrow through the afternoon, with highs near 50. The rest of the week looks pretty good, with temperatures near 70 and periods of clouds, sun, and maybe some storms thrown in.

Friday, March 19, 2010

3/19 - 10:15am - First Day of Spring is Tomorrow!

It's been an enjoyable spring break back home in Louisville and the weather up here is just gorgeous! With fairly strong high pressure in place, I could see it easily getting to 70 degrees or higher today around here.

The next big system to impact the eastern half of the nation is making its way through the Plains as we speak. Winter Storm Watches have been issued from Oklahoma to Missouri and some places could pick up nearly a foot of snow. Below is the highlighted risk for four or more inches of snow tomorrow:

All this talk of snow and the first day of spring is tomorrow? In a period of El Nino (warm sea temperatures just west of South America) like the one we've been experiencing this winter, coupled with a very negative Arctic Oscillation as we've seen, it's quite typical for winter storms to track further south and it seems that El Nino will stick around for the spring as it ever so slowly weakens.

What effect will El Nino have on the spring severe weather season you ask? Based on historical El Nino data, the spring after a fairly strong El Nino winter features more tornadoes and severe weather. This year will be similar to 1995, 1998, 2003, and 2007. We all remember 2007... when a deadly EF5 tornado destroyed Greensburg, Kansas. This is not to say that we're guaranteed to see another EF5 this year, but the potential is higher than last year for sure.

With spring in the air and El Nino sticking around, it's almost time for my annual storm chasing trip in the Great Plains! I'll be out there from May 8th to June 5th and I'm sure it's going to be a great month out there. I'll have blog posts, HD video clips, Twitter/Facebook updates, a live video stream from stormchasertv.com and more as we continue on our quest to find severe weather.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

3/13 - 5:30pm - Hello from Little Rock!

I'm in Little Rock, AR for the weekend on a trip with the Mississippi State University Distinguished Scholars. We've had a blast so far and we're not through yet! Here's a picture of me inside a model of the Oval Office inside the Clinton Presidential Library when we visited yesterday:

The weather around here has been cloudy and cool, but the weather across the Southeast should clear out and warm up next week. There's a chance we could see another cold snap after next week, but it shouldn't be as strong as previous bouts of cold weather we've seen lately should it come to fruition.

I'll be going home to Louisville early next week and spending the rest of my spring break there, but it's been great fun visiting Arkansas! Don't forget to set your clocks one hour forward this evening!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

3/9 - 6pm - MSU Video Forecast

Severe weather may become an issue tomorrow night as storms develop and approach North Mississippi. The main threats appear to be hail and wind at the moment, with a chance for a few tornadoes in there as well. Keep up with the latest forecast tomorrow!

Monday, March 8, 2010

3/8 - 2pm - Storm Chasing Blog Video

In exactly two months from now, I'll be on a flight to Amarillo, TX to go storm chasing with Storm Chasing Adventure Tours! From May 8th to June 5th this blog will turn into a storm chasing report depository, meaning you'll see HD video, pictures, weather updates, live streaming video and more! Watch the video below for all the details:

You can watch this video in high definition by switching to either 720p or 1080p (newer computers only).

Sunday, March 7, 2010

3/7 - 2pm - A Warm 7-Day Forecast!

It is absolutely gorgeous outside, so go outside and enjoy it! We should see a repeat of this warm, sunny weather tomorrow with temperatures making it up to 70 degrees. Storms should fire up on Tuesday and Wednesday as a couple low pressure systems make their way across the country to our north. Some of the storms on Wednesday could be strong to severe, so keep an eye out for any watches or warnings that may be issued. We'll clear things out on Thursday before rain chances go up for Friday and the weekend.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

3/2 - 5pm - MSU Video Forecast

It may be a dark, chilly day out there right now, but warmer temperatures and sunny skies are on the way. We may have temperatures near 70 by the end of the week!