Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Blog for Sun., Dec. 14

Headlines 

Rain develops overnight

Rain & snow possible Monday morning

Rain & Snow possible for Wednesday

Meteorologist Mark’s Vlog in a Flash

48-Hour WX

Seven-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast Summary

Today: Partly to mostly cloudy. Rain develops overnight. Total rainfall of around one inch expected.

Monday: Chance of morning rain and snow. Little to no accumulation. Otherwise, partly to mostly cloudy skies.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Chance of rain & snow overnight.

Wednesday: Rain and snow. Total liquid precip of around 0.25 – 0.50 inch possible.

Thursday – Friday: Partly cloudy and chilly.

Saturday: Chance of showers.

Threats

Temperatures will likely stay just above freezing Monday morning, which would prevent any accumulation. I’ll keep an eye on that.

The Wednesday system has some potential to produce some very light accumulation by Wednesday afternoon/evening. Right now this doesn’t look like a problem but I’ll certainly keep an eye on it!

Meteorologist Mark’s Severe Wx Concern

On This Day in Wx History

1962- Temperature drops to -17 degrees at Crossville, a record low for December.

Almanac

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High: 88° at Zapata, Texas 

Low: -22° at Antero Reservoir, Colorado

Today’s National Wx Hazards

Freezing rain will threaten northern Maine, while heavy snows threaten portions of Oklahoma and Arkansas, as well as the Great Lakes region and the northern Rockies. The Sierra Nevada in California will see heavy snows, as well.

Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards

A wintry day for many! Snowflakes fly across the central and northern Appalachians but the main impacts from snow will be seen across northern New England, the Great Lakes region, and across the northern Rockies and central plains.

 Sunday Story

Sometimes the best part of getting a good snow is building a snowman! Even as adults, there’s just nothing like releasing that inner, snow-loving kid and building the best snowman in the neighborhood.

The origins of the snowman are poorly understood. There are records of snowmen being built as early as Medieval times. The first photograph of a snowman appeared in 1853 by Welsh photographer Mary Dillwyn. 

It may surprise you to learn that the tallest snowman ever built in the US was a whopping 22 feet tall and 12 feet wide! It was built in Wisconsin 2015. The world record for a snowman was set in Bethel, Maine in 2008. That snowman was 122 feet tall! 

In the US, we normally stack three balls of snow on top of each other to make a snowman. In Britain, they only use two balls of snow. In Japan, the most common thing to sculpt in snow is a snow bunny, created by taking one ball of snow and adding bamboo leaves for ears and two red berries for eyes. 

A snowman is one of the few things that takes very little money to express a lot of creativity. All you need are two twigs for arms, a few buttons for the eyes and mouth, and a carrot for the nose. Throw on a cheap scarf and a hat and you have yourself a class-act snowman! 

In 1950, Gene Autry brought snowmen to life when he recorded the song “Frosty the Snowman”? Both the song and book came along that year. The short film wouldn’t come along until 1969.

Yes, there’s just something special about getting out in the snow and building a snowman. Just remember that snowflakes are just unassembled snowmen that have fallen from Heaven.

You all have a great day!

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