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Chilly Start To April – Then Warming!

1 Apr 2013, 11:33 am

We DO have some warming on the way.  Let’s just start with that.  You’re likely happy to hear it, unless you live in Phoenix or Miami…

 

Snowy Yellowstone Coyote
Snowy Yellowstone Coyote

 

Snow still dominates a lot of the discussion, and in fact it also helps keep the cold around.  Granted, with the upper-level air we’ve been getting from Canada we are still going to be chilly… but without snow you gain much more warmth.  Depending on the age of the snow, it can reflect up to 45-90% of the sun’s light.

With that being said, here are our snowfall coverage maps… this is from a week ago:

 

That’s nearly 50% snow coverage a week ago!  Today?  17%!

Unfortunately, we still remember last year’s fairly amazing spring, where on this day last year we were down to 8% snowfall coverage nationally:

Snow Coverage April 1 2012
Snow Coverage April 1 2012

 

A little change.

Well… the nice thing to keep in mind is that we dropped over 30% of our snow coverage in a one-week span, so even though we’re chilly, for now, we are on the up & up.

Also, depending on where you are living, there is a decent amount of warming on the way for you even in the short-term.  Places like Kentucky and other locales are likely to see at LEAST average temperatures, if not warmer, as we get a surge of warmth that leaves only the far upper Midwest below average:

 

6-10 Day Temperature Outlook
6-10 Day Temperature Outlook

 

Take a look at that map above!  Pretty impressive, huh?  Well that is a sign of things to come!  Looking a bit farther into the future we are talking above average temperatures, even in the upper Midwest, for your days 8-14 temperature outlook.

 

8-14 Day Temperature Outlook
8-14 Day Temperature Outlook

 

If you’re in the cold zone right now, you’re probably jumping for joy at this image… if you’re in Phoenix or Albuquerque maybe not so much.  We’ll see how it all pans out!

Stay tuned!

WeatherNation Meteorologist Aaron Shaffer @ashafferWNTV

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