Spring has sprung! It is officially the first day of Spring. I don't know about you all but I am very very excited for some warmer days and calm nights. I have cabin fever bad this year lol. To many gray days and not enough snow has made for a really long winter this year. I'm ready for some clear sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s! Welcome spring! Welcome :)
Not only am I ready for warmer weather but I'm also ready to start tracking some spring an d summer storms. If you're into meteorology then you will understand my want and need to track weather lol. It has been a boring winter with practically nothing to forecast but cold temperatures. With that said, Severe weather preparedness week is coming up very soon. It will be March 24th through the 30th.
Severe Weather Preparedness Week: March 24-30, 2013
Governor Mike Pence has proclaimed March 24 through 30, 2013 as Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana.
The National Weather Service, in conjunction with the Indiana State Police, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, the Indiana Department of Education, the Indiana Broadcasters Association, the American Red Cross, and Amateur Radio Operators will conduct a statewide test of communication systems on Wednesday, March 27 between 10:00 AM and 10:30 AM EDT and between 7:30 PM and 8:00 PM EDT.
Important - while the drill will be sent using live TOR EAS coding (Tornado Warning), it is only a test, and will be postponed to Thursday, March 28 if weather conditions warrant.
The goal of Severe Weather Preparedness Week is to better educate people about the hazards of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes, and to help everyone be prepared when severe weather occurs. Each day will focus on a different topic:
- Sunday: Kick-Off: Discuss Partners' roles in Severe Weather
- Monday: Severe Weather Outlook: Partners' roles at the Outlook stage of an event
- Tuesday: Watch: Partners' roles in the Watch stage of an event
- Wednesday: Everyone's roles in Warnings: Taking action when Warnings are issued
- Thursday: Response: Partners' roles in responding to disasters (real-time response)
- Friday: Recovery: Partners' roles in the recovery process (days/weeks/months after disaster)
- Saturday: Wrap-Up: Importance of preparedness and action during threatening hazards
We will be kicking all of this off over the next week. I want everyone to be severe weather ready! I will try to have this on the blog as much as possible over the next week. However if I miss a day here and there do to my work schedule please feel free to keep up on the National Weather Service site at
So what can we expect weather wise over the next few days? Lets take a look.
Tonight we will look for partly cloudy skies with a chilly low around 14* degrees. Winds will be light between 10 and 15 mph however this will still make for a wind chill around 3* to 0* degrees at times. So dress warm if you're heading out.
Thursday we will look for a high around 33* degrees with partly cloudy to mostly clear skies through out the day. Winds light between 10 and 15 mph with a low that night around 20* degrees.
Friday we will see partly cloudy skies through out the day with a high around 43* degrees finally starting to get up around our average high for this time of year. A low that night around 25* degrees. Our average high for t his time of year is around 44* degrees with our average low around 28* degrees.
Extended outlook.. as we head into the weekend we will see our next chance at some precipitation in the area. Could be a rain / snow mix at times. This system is still developing. Temperatures will start to level out a bit as we head into next week with highs right around where they should be this time of year in the middle 40s.
The NAO and AO models are showing signs of warmer temperatures moving into the area as we head into the last week of March and the first week of April. This chart above is a look at the NAO models. You can see the graph showing signs of a neutral or positive phase. We will be keeping an eye on this as I know a lot of you are ready for some warmer weather.
Until the warmer weather gets here I thought I'd try and help by posting a few fun spring facts. Take a look and enjoy bloggers. Have a great day and I'll check back again real soon.
Lots of baby animals are born in spring, like lambs, and squirrels.
Although you can feel it getting warmer, spring is also the season with the most unpredictable weather. It has been known to be hot, cold, really windy and even very snowy in spring!
We’ve all heard the term ‘vernal equinox’. Vernal means ‘spring’ and equinox means ‘equal night’. Both words are from Latin.
Spring fever is not just a myth – the body may experience physiological changes due to changes in diet, hormone production and temperature
Spring is when birds return home after migrating in winter. About 1800 bird species migrate