Thursday, April 15, 2010

So Much for Spring

Another April day and another day of warm weather.

I enjoy looking at statistics. For the month of April the Cape Girardeau airport has had 4 days 80° or higher. (In fact, we are on a 4 day consecutive 80° or higher streak.) There have been 10 days 75° or higher. Needless to say, if you have though this month has started out "warm" you are correct.

Here is a look at some regional stats for the month of April:
  • Cape Girardeau, Mo is 8.1° above normal per day.
  • Carbonadle, Il is 12.0° above normal per day.
  • Poplar Bluff, Mo is 8.3° above normal per day.
  • Paducah, Ky is 8.6° above normal per day.
What will the rest of spring and summer be like? We'll have to wait and see.

I am a firm believe that things find a way of evening out. Maybe if we stay warm for another month we will be lucky and get a below normal summer. I'd be for that!


Anonymous said...

Yes, but if the weather is going to even itself out, you must remember that we had an unusually cold fall and winter.

John Dissauer said...

Yes the winter was colder than normal, but not much.

Winter 2009-2010 (December-February) wound up 2.8° below normal per day. That is a temperature deficit roughly around 250°.

April 2010's excess is 113° through April 14. We then add in today's 11° above normal number and our excess is 124°.

March adds an additional 0.5° above normal per day.

Pretty quickly we will erase the winter's deficit and be above normal for the year.

Mitch Segler said...

this was in the paper what do you think on it

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Southern Illinoisans' back yards will be dead center inside "Tornado Alley" this spring, according to one national weather authority.

A delayed tornado season will shift eastward into the Midwest rather than the traditional tornado alley states of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota. That shift will include Illinois later this month through June, as AccuWeather predicts.

It's based on moisture readings that have developed this year from jet stream patterns commonly known as "El Nino."

Area weather specialists and emergency management personnel say they are ready.

"I'm aware of the graphics and documentation. El Nino is something to consider from years past. But that alone is not enough to give accurate forecasts," said Rick Shanklin, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Paducah.

The outlook for this month is above normal temperatures and rainfall that gives way to a general connection for more severe weather, Shanklin said.

Through much of May through June, more normal rainfall and temperatures are expected, but Mother Nature can be fickle when it comes to weather forecasting.

"It takes just one major event like last year's May 8 storm to sway the numbers," Shanklin said.

Since 1995, there have been four major tornadoes registered in this region with two passing through Southern Illinois - the Tri-County Tornado that occurred on May 6, 2003, which developed in Pulaski County and traveled east before claiming two lives in Massac County. It was part of a tornado outbreak that began two days earlier, Shanklin said.

A second major tornado on Sept. 22, 2006, spawned in southeast Missouri and traveled through northern sectors of Jackson County. Damage was not as severe because it traveled through mostly rural terrain, Shanklin said.

Weather service people have been working with emergency management personnel through the winter to help train weather spotters and coordinate emergency management services, Shanklin said.

Murphysboro that got a StormReady designation from the NWS in March during a John A. Logan College workshop on the Tri-State Tornado's 85th anniversary is ready.

Mayor Ron Williams said the town's emergency services people have tested all warning equipment from its command center located in the basement of the city police department. The center has its own dispatch and radio frequency center. There is also a mobile command unit ready in case power goes awry. Local storm spotters have been working with Jackson County Emergency Management Agency people for storm preparations, Williams said.

"Everyone is geared up. We have done some training and storm spotters are ready to take up their posts," Williams said.