Akira: We learn karate, so that we need never use it.
Bart: Um, excuse me, sir. I already know how not to hit a guy. Can we break out the nunchucks?
-- Pointless quote from "The Simpsons"
Winter Storm "Akira" is poised to deliver some white stuff plus another arctic blast. We'll probably see the coldest temperatures of the year later this week.
Last night, the National Weather Service in Paducah issued a Winter Storm Watch for the region, projecting widespread 3-5 inch snow accumulations. Based on the latest computer models, this is probably a tad high (2-4 inches now seems more realistic). The storm system is still expected to take a somewhat unfavorable track to our north, probably keeping the heavy 5+ inch totals to our north around St. Louis.
Of course, this could all change in a hurry. The odds of a big snow (more than 4 inches) have edged up slightly since yesterday to just over 10%, as shown by this map:
Brad Hollerbach suggested that we start tracking winter storms using a "BREAD Index" to show the level of panic by shoppers as they ransack stores for bread, milk, eggs, and, most importantly, beer.
The BREAD Index, or Blizzard Response Eats Acquisition Degrees, includes five degrees of panic for an approaching blizzard:
Degree 1. Buy one loaf of bread
Degree 2. Buy one tray of bread
Degree 3. Buy enough bread to last until Memorial Day
Degree 4. Ransack entire contents of bakery aisle
Degree 5. Holdup every bread truck within 200 miles and/or grind all available flower to make own bread
The approaching system only warrants Degree 1, but I wouldn't be surprised to see the panic level reach Degree 2 or 3.