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Winter Storms Continue to Pound the Northwest

Depending on where you are in the Northwest will determine if your getting snow or not.  No matter what type of precipitation is occuring, there has been alot of it.  Here in Southeastern Idaho it has been snowing for 4 consecutive days now.  Snow totals for my immediate area is close to 7 inches while the Higher elevations are seeing close to several feet.  The big part of the story is the icy and snow packed roads which are plauging most of Idaho and keeping road crews working 24/7 trying to keep highways and local roads in operation.  There have been many reported slide offs and from experience the Highways arent too bad, yet the non highway roads are a complete mess which makes a usual 15 minute trip turn into a half hour or longer trip.  I highly recommend slowing down and keeping as much distance as you can from the car in front of you.

On a good note, the snow has really made the Holidays come to life.  With Holiday music playing and no matter where you are, the joy is in the air.  The stores are busy providing the last minute shopper with great gift ideas and Tree lots are on every corner with decorations galore.  The local neighborhoods have there lights shining bright with chaser strings of lights and Santa and Snowmen blow ups bringing that pleasent Holiday spirit to all that pass by.  After all, it is the Holidays…

So you said you want a White Christmas huh?  Even if you didn’t your in store for some major snow in the coming hours, days and weeks.  Three to five inches are expected Friday Morning and This Sunday into next week looks to have another Decent storm targeting the Northwest for even more Heavy snow and winds.  I must say that this year thus far is looking like an above average Winter.  The funny thing is that Winter hasn’t even started yet.  Can you imagine 3 more months of this?  No matter the type of weather you prefer, the snowcast is looking deep and plentiful and all Skiers and snowboarders alike will no doubt mark this Winter season as Perfect.  The powder is dry and deep and the arctic air responsible for this isnt leaving anytime soon.

Expect a Winter Weather advisory for the Snake river plain and possible Winter storm watches and warnings for the Highlands and Mountains.  Also expect the roads to only get worse as the days go on and plan to leave earlier than you usually would to allow enough time to travel slower and safer.  I will update as much as I can throughout this series of storms.  Have a Happy Holiday and come by again to see and hear the latest.

Here are a few videos I did of the December 13th 2008 Snowstorm.  The first two are 5 minute videos and the third is a timelapse video.    Enjoy…

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Hurricane Threatening the Gulf Coast

If you have watched the news lately you would have already heard about “Gustav” a current Tropical Storm which is taking its toll on Jamaica and dumping more then 15 inches of rain with winds of 50mph.  Gustav has been pulsing to a Category 1 hurricane every now and then and the latest forecasts for the Gulf Coast does not look good.  Models are predicting at least a Category 3 hurricane which would hit anywhere from Northwest Texas east to Lousiana with a very real threat to New Orleans which will be devastating if Gustav does indeed make a direct hit.  Louisiana has already declared a “State of Emergency” and I imagine evacuations are underway and already Mandatory.  With major flooding expected I can only hope people will heed the warnings and leave as soon as possible. 

With Gustav expected By Monday or Tuesday the threat for additional Hurricanes and Tropical storms is very high for the Gulf Coast and the Florida Coast.  There are up to 4 additional areas of High concern which could make this Hurricane season a very Active and destructive season.  Storm Chasers are already targeting “Gustav” and are already planning to Stay after Gustav and wait for the next Big storms.  After a Quiet 2 seasons of Hurricane season is does appear that this Season will definetely pick up where it left off 3 years ago when Katrina devastated New Orleans. 

Do watch Local and National News this coming Monday,  I imagine the Weather Channel and Fox News amongst many others will be broadcasting Live from the Area of concern before and during and after Gustav. 

I will be watching Fox News and also will be online at http://www.severestudios.com/livechase where you can watch the stormchasers themselves taking on a Strong Hurricane with damaging winds and torrential rainfall. 

http://www.severestudios.com/livechase

 

 

-gerrit gulden

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July 15 2008 Monsoon Update

Have you noticed the Heat lately and the latest intrusion of Clouds.  This is all Monsoonal Moisture that has made it into our area.  The Monsoon is actually wreaking havoc in parts of California where they had Mudslides and one of these incidents even tore thru a very Popular Fishing Hatchery off the 395 highway which devastated there trout inventory.  There was even a tornado reported in Southern California.  So the Monsoon is definetely active in the Southwest.  What will it be like for our area?  Thus far local NWS has mention of thunderstorms for mostly higher terrain including the Wy/Mo borders.  For our immediate area we seem to be stuck in the wind zone and with very low humidities we are currently under a Red flag warning and fire watch.  If the storms that pop up over the higher terrain have any dry lightning we will definetely see the beginning of the fire season starting tonight and into tomorrow.  There is always that chance that these storms could roll off from the Southwest into our area moving Northeast.  If this occurs we will see strong downburst winds and maybe some ehavy downpours and dangerous Cloud to ground lightning. 

If you didnt know already, There are several Monsoon stormchasers chasing the storms from Arizona and into Nevada and I will be adding there links here so you can go visit them and see the wonders of the Southwest Monsoon.  First off,  My Favorite Monsoon stormchaser/lightning photographer Susan Strom is busy chasing these storms.  Be sure to visit http://www.lightninglady.com/ for some Amazing Lightning Photographs. 

So will the Monsoon create Thunderstorms and lightning for us?  The easiest way to answer this is is to Mention the 4 corner highs.  If the 4 corner high sets up perfectly with a low to the southwest of California we will definetely be seeing some storms.  The current setup is just enough for a very small amount of Moisture to make it to our region.  With a stronger push of Moisture we will get humid, very hot and then the chances for a storm is Ideal.  So keep those fingers crossed.

In the mean time, please go visit http://www.severeidaho.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=7 to see the lightning I captured on July 8th. 

Also Visit http://www.severeidaho.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=41 to see Firework photos from Rigby Lake. 

Have a Great week and stay cool out there. 

 

-gerrit

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Weather Update May 31 2008

As you know the weather around Southeast Idaho has been unsettled.  Pretty much every day since last Weekend there has been a Slight chance or chance for thunderstorms.  Some days were bigger then others as far as convection went.  The last 2 days appeared to be active but as soon as a storm would pop up it would pulse out.  I have been taking photos and you can find them at the gallery and I have also been doing Time Lapse videos since May 20th and the outcome for each video is pretty cool.  So be sure to check the Gallery and the Videos page for the latest videos. 

Sunday will be another relatively active day.  Thunderstorms are expected with small hail and some wind but severe and strong storms are not predicted.  However, Monday June 2 is looking to be a possible Strong to Severe Weather event.  Thoughts currently is for possibly large hail and damaging winds.  The Local nWS says there will be enough moisture and shear with this storm, only thing now is that if the storm arrives at time forecasted then we see a good chance for this event to carry out.   The storm prediction center has not yet put light on any of this as noticed on the Outlook for this day but things change quickly and I would expect to see at least a “see text” for our area and maybe even a slight chance outline.  2 days out I try my best to not jump on what I read but any storm that has more dynamics than what we had for this whole week will be greatly welcomed.  I just hope for a chase opportunity or a night time lightning photo op.  I cant wait to get some good footage. 

Stay Tuned.  I will do another update tommorow evening.

-gerrit

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Blizzard Warning 11pm tonight into Sunday Evening

Blizzard warning in effect from 11pm tonight into Sunday evening.  Main concern again is for Blowing snow with 25-40mph winds with gusts to 60mph.  Not much snow expected from the storm, however the powder like snow will easily be drifted with the winds and will create white out conditions along with widespread road closures.  The area for Blizzard warning will be the Upper Snake River plain and Upper Snake Highlands.  Snake Valley has a winter storm warning also in effect from 11pm thru Sunday evening.

stay tuned…..

-gerrit

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Urgent Weather Update 12-28-07 3pm

Potetially dangerous storm expected for Saturday Night into Sunday.  Current Forecast and concerns calls for High Winds with Strong drifting of the snow which could close Numerous to widespread highways and roads.  Another Concern is the Snow amounts.  Already a Winter Storm watch and the NWS is already considering a Blizzard Warning to match the High Winds and Moderate to Heavy Snowfall.  This is a situation that needs watching as this could be a huge impact on our region due to Out of town vacationers here for christmas and driving home on the weekend.  As well as All Residents with work on Saturday and sunday.  Pay close attention to Local Radio, TV and Even Weather Radio if you have one and last but not least please visit=

http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pih/

Stay Tuned….

-gerrit

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December 6th Update

Quick update to inform those that dont know already.  The Snake River plain will receive around 2-4 inches as predicted by the NWS Pocatello.  The Low currently is only expected to remain as far north as Salt Lake, however, If this storm moves further north towards Wyoming we could get pounded.  As far as the latest model trends I still think there is a good chance this could happen since Wednesdays models hinted at a Further south trajectory and todays models showing a more northerly which in turn is the reason for expecting 2-4 inches.  This storm bears plenty of watching as it could be a huge storm for our area which in turn could be great for our drought.  I wont speculate much else on the storm really other than I hope we get what the NWS was expecting earlier in the week and that is Significant snow.

Far Southeast Idaho is looking good for heavy snow.  If only the low could push further north.  I will be checking throughout the day tommorow to see what happens and will update if any forecasts change.

Stay Tuned…

-gerrit

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December 1st 2007 Update

It has definitely been a short while since I have updated this blog about the weather.  However the circumstances are there for not being so active.  My Cat “Mommy Kitty” passed away before thanksgiving and then with the holidays and lack of any real weather around here except for cold temperatures I just found myself busy with life.  None the less I going to do a quick update about past and upcoming weather.

The weather up till this day has mostly just been Cold with a small amount of snow every now and then.  Winter weather still cant make up its mind if it wants to dump good snow amounts for Southeast Idaho and that could be changing pretty soon.  As far as this coming week looks I am guessing the snow will start a comeback as Snow is predicted almost everyday thru the week with Low temperatures looking promising for all snow.  The good thing is that the Weather Models are starting to agree on Higher Moisture amounts so no matter the precipitation type we should be getting a good deal of moisture shortly.    The Central Mountains and areas further up north will absolutely get pounded this week with possible feet of snow.  I have been watching the Forecasts for the Upper Snake River Plain and am hoping that trends start to point to a more wetter scenario which will result in heavier snow amounts for the Plain.  This could happen if the Arctic air takes a more westerly and southerly route which in turn would cover our region fully.  I am anticipating highlights for this week and plan to Update this blog accordingly.

Stay Tuned…

-gerrit

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Potent Winter Like Storm On Tap for Tonight Into Saturday

Some concerns from the NWS Pocatello as a Potent Upper Low will movie in tonight and into Saturday bringing with it Heavy Rain and eventually snow for all areas.  The ground temperature is still quite warm, thus I think is the reason that we arent seeing a Storm Watch or warning.  Im sure if the ground was frozen then the NWS would be a little more concerned since they are thinking by the time the ground does get to freezing Friday Night we could see snow accumulations up to 3 inches.  Had the ground already been frozen it couldve been possible to see accumulations up to 5+ inches.   None the less, this storm has the potential to create a lot of hazards, hence the Special Weather Statement.

From what I have heard, In the latest years this year is the earliest Idaho has seen snow in the valley.  From what I remember the earliest snow was around Halloween time.  As usual, I am hoping this is a precursor of whats to come in the Winter.  Hoping for a blizzard and extreme accumulations will bring a end to a drought that has been a huge concern for the area.  I’m crossing my fingers.

Stay Tuned Folks,  For now expect the storm to start out as rain for the valley area’s.  Then turn to snow late Friday and into Saturday which could accumulate anywhere from 1-3 inches for the Lower and Upper Snake River plain.  I will post any watches, warnings that come about in the next 3 days.

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Urgent Weather Update Sep,4 2007

Interesting weather scenario is upon us now.  Several Watches and Warnings to mention already. 

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=pih&wwa=Severe%20Thunderstorm%20Watch

Click to See Info on the Watch……..

 

Flash Flood Watch

http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=pih&wwa=Flash%20Flood%20Watch

Click to View Flash Flood Watch Info

 

Weather Discussion

After a rather cloudy and rainy morning the Clouds are clearing and this is good news for instability.  With a High Near 80 expected today I am guessing we could see marginal instability with the chance for Strong storms and alot of rain.  Already South of the Snake Plain and Into Utah and Nevada several Thunderstorms already pulsing as strong and severe with several to many Watches and Warnings being issued in Utah and Nevada and soon Idaho.  It appears that the Best day for strong to severe storms is tommorow for The Snake River plain, Upper Snake River plain, etc.  With substantial clearing and heating I do believe we will meet the criteria as SPC already has us in the Slight Risk which is cause for concern for Damaging Wind and Hail. 

The Concern today will be Frequent lightning in and near the strongest of storms which could ignite new fires and also the rain is an issue for recently Burned area’s. 

Im waiting for the afternoon Update from Local NWS.  Will update ASAP…..

-gerrit