A fresh blanket of snow and lots of sunshine means a bright day! Snow has a high albedo meaning it’s a reflective surface. Most of the light that hits snow is quickly reflected. The opposite happens when in the summer on blacktop. Blacktop has a low albedo so a lot of the suns light is absorbed by this surface which is why you don’t want to walk with bare feet because you’re feet will get HOT!
So when you’re heading out today don’t forget your sunglasses because of the snow’s “high albedo”
For the last several weeks I’ve been heading to area Kroger stores to promote WDTN’s Food For Friends campaign. This week’s live shot was probably my favorite. It was the last one before the promotion ends on Friday so I decided to have a little fun and go out with a bang. I was at the Kroger Marketplace in Beavercreek. This new store is fantastic and so are its employees. As I walked in the door a 17 year-old violinist was playing in the foyer volunteering for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign. Right away I got into the holiday spirit.
I was introduced to Dan Walker the manager there at Kroger. He was full of smiles and helped bring the red food barrel inside the store. We got it TV ready and started discussing what we would talk about on camera. I could tell right away he had a great personality and that the segment would be great. One of his employees jokingly said “hey have him sing.” I found out he sang the National Anthem for the grand opening of the store. The wheels in my brain starting rolling and I came up with the idea of singing a duet with him. We picked Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. We still had a little time and he had to run a quick errand. In the meantime I realized I didn’t know the exact words other than the first line of the song! When Dan walked back he had a print out of the lyrics. I was so relieved! I then remembered there was a violinist in the foyer – so I ran out and asked if she would help us out. She smiled, said yes and came over to where we were.
After one or two quick rehearsals it was TV time. Dan and I grabbed a couple of red Santa hats and after a couple of quick questions it was showtime! I thank Dan Walker so much for going along with me and singing on live TV. He was a great sport and I found out a great manager at Kroger.
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Enjoy and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
Former 2 News anchor Carl Day has passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer. In 1997, Carl was diagnosed with T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, which he battled for the past 13 years.
Get ready for another cold night! 90% of the time by May 9th we have seen our last frost. However it looks like we are going to make it into that rare 10% category tonight as temperatures once again drop down close to the freezing mark.
While the forecast low temperatures are only for the mid 30s in most areas. You have to remember that the temperature sensors are put about 6 feet off the ground. With clear skies the dry air, temperatures will drop quickly. Even the wind will be on the light side letting the coldest air stratify close to ground level. Despite the official 35 degree reading, temperatures can be closer to 30 at the surface. Low lying valleys can also act as a location where that chilly air can pool.
The good news is that high pressure will move off to our east tomorrow turning winds southerly. Clouds will also move in and help temper overnight lows with all locations well above freezing Tuesday morning.
This is the time of year when winter storms seem to show up every week on some of the extended model runs that we use. However it seems that for every three storms that pop up only one verifies. This is our latest interest.
Here is one slide from the Sunday 18z run… painting a new storm across the east. This storm system originates across the Gulf Coast (typical with the stronger southern branch of the jet do to the influence of El Nino) and moves up the back bone of the Appalachian Mountains.
This scenario is one of the most common ways for the Miami Valley to see a “big snow” event. This early in the season it can happen but we need many things to come together… and perfectly. First the track has to remain virtually identical to this model run, and for anyone who follows weather, a model typically has the idea of storm correct but the placement is normally off. Second, when forecasting the 540 line is a general guide for all snow. That line splits the Miami Valley right down the middle. On top of that southern systems (since they move up from the south) bring warm air up with them, sometimes making a change over to rain take longer then possible. If EVERYTHING came together perfectly we
could see significant snows here in the Miami Valley. While that is a possibility, it is slim. Right now probably around ten percent or so. A much more likely scenario is rain, then as the storm system pulls away a few light snow showers with windy and cold conditions.
This map to the left may look a little complicated but it’s an overlay of the GFS and the ECMWF (a more reliable long term model in this forecasters mind). With this consensus- windy, cold, with light snow is almost a given. The only question is whether or not everything will come together to make this more of a snow, then a wind and cold event.
Tropical storm Claudette is about to make landfall in Florida and as of 9pm on Sunday night its top winds are 45 knots or about 50 mph.
While winds and storm surge from the ocean aren’t typically large problems with a system of this magnitude, flooding rain is. The circulation brings in deep tropical moisture and if it is a slow enough mover can cause extreme flooding.
Right now the path for this system takes it into the Tennessee Valley. Even though the system will be much weaker then it is currently, with the amount of humidity around and temperatures generally in the 80′s the lingering left over circulation will be a bulls eye for heavy rain. While the path from the National Hurricane Center stops at Tuesday 1Am we can extrapolate a little further.
Usually a system of this size will follow the 500mb flow. As you can see from the wind barbs this system has some forcing to the west pushing the low north and east. Right now I would put Kentucky and West Virgina as the main track for the remnants of Claudette but we can’t be ruled out of the equation.
Things can change however… with no real strong current in place right now this system may decide to twist and turn a little more along the Gulf before moving northwards. So continue to watch the forecast! We’ll have to continue to monitor this situation.