High: 26 Winds: SW 5-15 mph
Tonight: Snow Ending Mid Evening. Wind Chills 5 to 10 Below Zero!
Low: 4 Winds: NW 5-15 mph
Thursday: Coldest Morning/Day of the Season! Wind Chills ...
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This Bugs Me
I just got wind of quite possibly the worst news I've heard in a long time. A new cockroach has made its way to the United States. I know it sounds gross but it's waaaaaay worse than that. The species, native to Asia, is quite resilient.
According to a study it can live through the cold winter months and was recently seen crawling around an outdoor tourist attraction in New York City. The metropolis is notorious for brutal winters and experts say they'll be no problem for this bug. The roach, Periplaneta japonica, was actually spotted last year but wasn't confirmed in the city until recently. No one knows how it got here they just know it's arrived.
I don't know about you but I think this is terrible. I hate roaches. Honestly, I'm not a big fan of bugs in general but roaches are particularly nasty if you ask me. They're dirty, tough to kill and perhaps worst of all numerous.
They were all over the place in Hawaii and even though I never really accepted them I chalked up their existence (in my condo, no less) to the "cost of paradise". One thing that always drove me nuts was the fact that I'd do all I could to kill the pests only deal w/ a new wave of them every so often whenever a neighbor bombed his apartment. I hate seeing them in Ohio but I've always taken solace in the fact that they'll be gone once winter arrives. Now I'm reminded of the old joke about how if there was a nuclear war all that would be left was Twinkies and cockroaches. How true that is.
The only bright spot in this story is the fact that scientists say this roach can't breed w/ the local varieties to which you and I are accustomed. Luckily mismatched genitalia will keep the species from spawning a new, "super-roach". Seeing that we've now got one that can weather the brutal winters that would otherwise keep it in check I can't help but ask, "But for how long?"
If You're Having Trouble "Chilling Out" Mother Nature Will Help This Week
After heavy snow on Friday we're now in the middle of an arctic plunge.
Out behind the system that brought us some light snow and freezing rain on Sunday an area of arctic high pressure has moved in and if you don't feel it just wait.
A little light snow will be possible on Monday night and Tuesday morning. After that the aforementioned high will start clearing things out and by Wednesday morning we'll see temperatures on either side of 10.
Later in the week high pressure will cause our winds to shift and pick up a more northerly bend. That's when it'll get REALLY cold. The low on Thursday morning will be near 5; that will be the coldest temperature since 2/1/2013. Of course we'll have to take the winds into account b/c chill values (or the "real feel" temperature) will dip below 0 Thursday morning. Thursday afternoon we'll struggle to get to 20 and some of us won't even get there! That should make Friday feel like a bit of a tropical paradise as we climb back into the 30s (right now it looks like we might not even make it to the freezing mark, though).
By Saturday afternoon another system will be heading north along the east coast of the United States. This will bring us a wintry mess. We'll see a bit of a rain/snow mix - possibly a little freezing rain - before this changes over to all snow. It's still early to say exactly how much but measurable snowfall is definitely a possibility. This means that you can expect to see a bit of a mess on the roads Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning.
We'll see another blast of cold air out behind this system. Highs will only climb to near 30 on Sunday; and that's early - temps will actually fall through the afternoon. Monday the sun returns but we'll also be in the throes of another arctic chill with highs only into the low & mid-20s. Winter doesn't officially start until December 21st but mother nature is a tad early this week. In fact it'll feel more like mid-winter... not late fall.
Highlights From Our Winter Storm
Well, it's been a busy day in the Miami Valley. Thank goodness the snow is tapering down so now it's time to enjoy our winter wonderland. Here's a map of the general snow totals in the area through the day.
While it's not an exact replica of Thursday nights forecast it's pretty close. This was a tough system to track b/c the transition zone of freezing rain & sleet to snow was passing through the area. A little bit of warmer air aloft nosed it's way in early Friday morning. This means we got a little more sleet & freezing rain than originally expected. Regardless, our actual totals were pretty close to what we were calling for on Thursday night. (See below for that forecast).
The worst of the snow hit in the late morning through the early evening so our timing was pretty spot on. All in all, I'm happy w/ the forecast and I hope everyone in the area stayed safe and will continue to say safe as moisture will re-freeze onto the roads over the weekend which means that treated roads will be slick and untreated roads could turn into sheets of ice.
Here's a look actual snowfall totals as reported by the National Weather Service:
ESE BECKETT RIDGE 6.8
2 N ROSS 6.0
2 WSW MAUSTOWN 5.3
NEW CARLISLE 6.0
2 WNW SPRINGFIELD 4.0
1 NE OGDEN 4.8
1 ENE OGDEN 4.5
2 N WILMINGTON 4.0
2 SSE WILMINGTON 2.9
2 W GREENVILLE 5.0
1 E GREENVILLE 4.0
2 N BELLEFONTAINE 4.5
1 NE TROY 4.0
2 SW TROY 3.0
HUBER HEIGHTS 5.5
2 SW CENTERVILLE 5.5
3 S MIAMISBURG 5.0
1 NW LEBANON 6.5
1 S LEBANON 6.2
2 WNW CLARKSVILLE 4.9
3 SSE GENNTOWN 4.0
Anatomy of Our Winter Storm
By now I'm sure you've heard that a snow storm is on the way. As I type this all of the Miami Valley EXCEPT Mercer & Auglaize counties is under a Winter Storm Warning. Mercer & Auglaize are under a Winter Weather Advisory. A strong cold front sits draped across the Eastern United States right now.