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Unseasonable warmth for Christmas?

Posted Monday, December 21, 2009, at 9:45 AM

So much for a White Christmas.  The computer models have flip-flopped even more than usual, and are now predicting rain, rain, rain and more rain for Wednesday and Christmas Eve with temperatures reaching the 50s.  This map from NOAA shows that we could easily see two inches of rain this week:

Right now, northwest Iowa seems poised to get the biggest snow.  There is, however, always a chance that the computer models could flip-flop yet again and predict lower temperatures, giving us a rain-changing-to-snow scenario for Christmas Eve.  As we've seen time and time again, the computer simulations are no match for Mother Nature's unpredictable antics.

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And even severe-thunderstorms, at that!

Or, as you stated, it could "flip-flop" yet again. And then it'd be a sequel to "The Blizzard Of '79"---it started with a thunderstorm, too, if I remember correctly?

But that goes without sayin', in itself. My head ain't as young today, as it was back then...!

-- Posted by donknome-2 on Mon, Dec 21, 2009, at 10:06 AM

My prediction from last week still sticks. We ain't getting a flurry! All this hype about a winter storm and look how it is ending up...typical.

-- Posted by Illustrator on Tue, Dec 22, 2009, at 9:46 AM

Illustrator: Brace yourself, the hype isn't over. The long-range computer models are already hinting at a major winter storm next week. Somewhere.

-- Posted by James Baughn on Tue, Dec 22, 2009, at 10:02 AM

The current forecast is now calling for 2-3 inches of rain with a possibility of flash flooding, severe thunderstorms, and 30-40 mph wind gusts. Merry Christmas!

-- Posted by James Baughn on Tue, Dec 22, 2009, at 10:04 AM

It appears this next week's storm will be much the same as this week....the talk about a big storm, watch the forecast, a big snow somewhere (maybe here) and wham....all rain. I don't get my hopes up anymore. Although, if I can't get snow for Christmas (even by going north to see my family), bring on the severe thunderstorms. I'd like to see a light show!

-- Posted by Illustrator on Tue, Dec 22, 2009, at 9:47 PM


Almost as much fun as snow, 'cept it's harder to pack an' throw! And, rougher on the washing machine!

But it's almost as slick. And, after the FIRST-layer gets on ya', it no longer matters, and it's all fun from there on...!

-- Posted by donknome-2 on Wed, Dec 23, 2009, at 10:18 AM

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