We have all seen the pictures of the devastation in Japan, but I think the most incredible pictures I have seen so far have been the before and after high-resolution satellite pictures along the coast.
Check out the following link for even more incredible pictures from Google. You can actually move the bar back and forth to see the before and after. The power of water is incredible. It is easy to understand after looking at these pictures why the greatest devastation from hurricanes comes not from the wind, but the water.
It is hard to go from those scenes of devastation to our quiet and nice weather this week. Let’s all count our blessings and do what we can to help the people in Japan.
We have not hit 60 degrees in SE Wisconsin since November 22nd when it was 65 degrees. We have a good chance of hitting 60 on St. Patrick’s Day this Thursday. I am being conservative and putting in 57 for our high right now, but if we get enough sunshine we could easily be into the 60s. This is starting to be a trend on St. Patrick’s Day. Last year we hit 59 and in 2009 it was a record 75. Maybe there is the luck of the Irish at work.
Our snow pack will likely disappear as the week goes on. Here is the current snow pack around the country.
The “signature” storm is still set to arrive Monday-Tuesday of next week. The early indications are that this will be a wet storm and not white. The low looks like it will stay well to our north. If the low stays far enough north and we can drag in enough warm air I am concerned about the possibility of severe weather in our area. Here is the GFS forecast for next Monday night.
The european model also has the low well to the north, but not in the same configuration as the GFS.
The GFS has a stronger low pressure center and the European model washes out the surface low as it moves across southern Canada. I would tend to side with the GFS when comparing this to the previous signature storms on February 1-2nd and December 11-12. As always, it will be fun to watch.