Japan Quake and Tsunami – U.S. Warming Trend Continues
Hello and happy Tuesday everyone – our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the people affected by the massive quake in Japan last week… It’s amazing; the news coming for the region seems to get worse every day. The weather report from Japan shows colder air and the potential for snow over parts of the region. Keep in mind, many are without power, so having to endure sub-freezing temperatures will be a problem – see forecast for Sendai, Japan below. The image below is an aerial picture of Sendai, one of the hardest hit areas from the tsunami, after the quake. The image is courtesy the U.S. Navy
Satellite Image of Sendai, Japan
Take a look at the before and after pictures of Sendai. It’s amazing to see how far the 30 ft. wall of water was able to penetrate inland.
Forecast for Sendai Japan – Hamweather.com
Closer to Home
Closer to home, we are tracking three systems nationwide:
1.) A slow moving low pressure system in the Ohio Valley with steady rain, isolated storms and a continued flooding threat moving into the Northeast.
2.) A weak cool front moving through the Upper Midwest with some light rain/freezing rain/snow – nothing major, but slippery roads are possible along the international border.
3.) Another powerful Pacific storm whipping the coast with heavy coastal rains, heavy mountain snow and very strong winds. Several watches and warnings have been issued with this system… and another one is on the way.
Watches & Warnings
Warm Bubble of Air Begins to Lift North!
Keep in mind that we are only a few days away from the Vernal Equinox or the first day of spring when the sun’s most direct rays will shine over the equator on its way into the northern hemisphere. Temperatures across the nation are beginning to warm and as the strong upper level winds begin to bubble north through the week, warmer air will lift north along with it. Temperatures in many locations east of the Rockies this week are expected to be almost 10F to 20F above average!
Thursday’s – St. Patrick’s Day – High Temperatures
This year’s St. Patty’s Day celebrations across the nation will be enjoying milder weather, especially in the Central and Southern Plains states. Warmer air will stretch across it’s legs east of the Mississippi River Valley as well, take a look at the 60s and 70s showing up – WOW! It’ll be nice to enjoy some ‘milder’ weather after such a long winter season, won’t it?
A Stormy Pattern
Early Next week is looking interesting… Of course, we are still way early on this prediction, but a larger storm system moving through the Midwest on Monday could touch off some strong to severe storms and heavy rainfall in the Upper Midwest during that time period, which will likely have a major impact on the flooding across those regions as well. It is definitely worth keeping an eye on!
Thanks for checking in on this Tuesday – have a wonderful rest of the day.
Meteorologist Todd Nelson – WeatherNation LLC