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Frontal passage

Around 1pm today it was 54 degrees. Then the front came through; after five minutes of intense rain, thunder, and wind, it was suddenly 40 degrees. A weather statement noted, in rather blasé fashion, "A TORNADO IS POSSIBLE UNTIL 7PM."

Now the wind is blowing even harder and it's down to 9 degrees, creating a wind chill factor of -17. It's supposed to reach a low of 3 overnight, meaning we will have had a fifty-degree temperature fall in about twelve hours.

I just LOVE midwest weather!

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kastehelmi
Jan. 30th, 2008 04:58 am (UTC)
This cold makes me want to weep. This is global warming I guess, ironically enough....
szasz
Jan. 30th, 2008 05:00 am (UTC)
I'm not casting any aspersions on global warming, but I think the wacky patterns this winter are because it's an El Niño year. El Niño tends to mess up the jetstream over North America, leading to big extremes of temperature across the plains and odd precipitation variations (like all the rain they're getting on the west coast).
aethyric
Jan. 30th, 2008 02:37 pm (UTC)
do you remember how this affects hurricane potential as summer rolls around? i've forgotten. i could go look it up, but if you remember, i'll be happy to listen.

also, global warming (assuming it's valid) would have some pretty interesting effects on the temperatures and movement in ocean currents, too, wouldn't it?

i find this all terribly fascinating, i just don't know where to find all the good science! (i do like trying to follow jeff masters' wunderground blog, though. he seems sane and rational.)
signsoflife
Jan. 30th, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC)
Well, since you're in Bloomington, there's a special "Focus the Nation" event coming to campus tonight, Morrison Hall 007, 7-10pm. More info at www.focusthenation.org.

And yeah, global climate change is modeled to affect ENSO patterns, but that's about where my knowledge stops.

Meanwhile, www.whoi.edu is usually a good source of oceanographic/climate stuff, but their website is being uncharacteristically weird this morning.
aethyric
Jan. 30th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
hi. wow. thank you! do i know you? should i know you?!

i <3 information. *happy sigh*
signsoflife
Jan. 30th, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
We got the amazing plummeting temperature, too. It's almost like there isn't a giant body of water ameliorating temperature change!
struggler
Jan. 30th, 2008 03:11 pm (UTC)
Your weather has been such a big deal lately that it's been making the news over here in Philly.
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