The winter weather contest comes to an end tonight at midnight and it's looking very, very good for Darin Thomas as he will likely win the contest. Darin, I have never met you, but you are one heck of a forecaster for two reasons. Darin has predicted the exact amount of snowfall between the four cities at 32.3'' and came within .28'' of predicting the total rainfall between Little Rock and North Little Rock. Even though he didn't need the tie breaker, that's AMAZING. Congrats Darin early. Remember, it's not official until midnight. Darin will likely win the ipad 2, RadarScope app, WeatherGeek app, WeatherGeek t-shirt, and tickets to the Golden Corral!
Here's more interesting information about the meteorological winter which ends at midnight... Little Rock and North Little Rock have almost quadrupled Harrison AND Fayetteville in snow! Here are the preliminary final snow stats for meteorological winter 2012-2013
North Little Rock 10.9''
Little Rock 10.6''
Hot Springs 8''
Fayetteville (Not in the contest) 2.6''
Even though the meteorological definition of the winter season ends tonight, there's still more winter and interesting things to look at including a BIG blast of cold air and the storm I talked about on the 10th. Anyone trying to forecast specifics on the March 10th storm should be taken to court for meteorological malpractice. This could bring rain/storms, winter weather, just rain, ice, or a combination of all of the above. We just don't know due to the long range nature of forecasting. Heck, the storm could never materialize for all we know. However, the models have been very consistent on seeing something in that time range. The further we get into March however, the chance for winter weather decreases rapidly!
Also, I expect a COLD weekend as a major trough of low pressure swings through and out quickly. This will bring a round of light snow to northeast Arkansas late Friday into early Saturday morning.
I have maps below detailing the weekend and the March 10th storm.
|Sunday morning at 6AM, the Euro says it will be around 24 to 25 degrees in Little Rock. What a way to start of March huh? The freezing line is to New Orleans!!!! BRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.|
|By noon Sunday, it only recovers to the mid 40s! Cold weekend ahead!|
|Look at the Euro temperature map at this time. The 32 degree line is well north of Arkansas. The temperature gradient is incredible as winter and spring fight it out in the plains. It goes from 60s in the TX panhandle to 20s and 30s in Kansas.|