Reader "cubbytodd" brought up an interesting question about our naming scheme for winter storms based on Simpsons characters. Do the names only apply to snow and ice storms, or do they also work for squall lines, windstorms, and other unpleasantness like we had last Saturday?
OK, fine, let's just go with All Of The Above. So that means last weekend's bizarre windstorm was "Cletus". The next ugly system will be "Duffman"... and Duffman is already visible on the horizon.
The computer models are all over the place, but do hint that a system could bring the white stuff Monday night through Wednesday morning. The track of the low-pressure system -- a critical part of any snowstorm -- appears to be south of Cape Girardeau. That puts us in the favorable side of the storm for accumulating snowfall (or "unfavorable" depending on your perspective).
Then again, the long-range models showed the same kind of forecast for a White Christmas, and that certainly didn't happen.
And now for something completely different...
Many of the videos on YouTube are a total waste of bandwidth, and the following is no different. It's a video showing the satellite loop of the continental U.S. for the entire year. The video quality is poor, but you can watch as the February ice storm, March rainstorm, Hurricane Ike, and other unpleasantness swept across Southeast Missouri. I stitched it together from infrared satellite images, with a time duration of one second for each day. Enjoy: