Saturday, March 20, 2010

First Day of Spring. Maybe I'll go fishing...



URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE


NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK

533 AM CDT SAT MAR 20 2010



...MAJOR WINTER STORM BEGINNING THIS MORNING...



A LATE SEASON ARCTIC AIR MASS WILL CONTINUE TO DROP TEMPERATURES

THIS MORNING... WHILE A POWERFUL LATE-WINTER STORM BEARS DOWN ON

THE SOUTHERN PLAINS. THE STORM WAS STILL CENTERED BACK IN NEW

MEXICO EARLY THIS MORNING... BUT SNOW WAS INCREASING TO ITS EAST

FROM THE HIGH PLAINS OF WEST TEXAS INTO WESTERN AND NORTHERN

OKLAHOMA. SNOW WILL BECOME MORE WIDESPREAD THIS MORNING OVER MUCH

OF THE SOUTHERN PLAINS... AND STRONG NORTH WINDS WILL CREATE

BLOWING AND DRIFTING.



THE MAIN IMPACTS OF THIS STORM WILL BE HEAVY FALLING SNOW AND

BLOWING SNOW THAT WILL REDUCE VISIBILITY. ACCUMULATIONS WILL

AVERAGE 4 TO 8 INCHES OVER A LARGE PART OF NORTHERN... CENTRAL...

AND EASTERN OKLAHOMA... WHILE LOCAL AMOUNTS CLOSE TO 12 INCHES

ARE POSSIBLE IN PARTS OF NORTHERN AND EASTERN OKLAHOMA NORTHEAST

OF OKLAHOMA CITY. NORTH WINDS WILL REMAIN STRONG THROUGHOUT THE

SOUTHERN PLAINS...WITH SPEEDS AVERAGING 25 TO 35 MPH...AND GUSTS

AROUND 45 MPH. THE SNOW WILL BE SOMEWHAT WET INITIALLY... WITH

TEMPERATURES JUST A FEW DEGREES BELOW FREEZING AT THE GROUND...

BUT NEAR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY IN THE AREAS THAT RECEIVE

THE MOST SNOW. LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW WILL CONTINUE INTO SUNDAY...

ESPECIALLY FROM CENTRAL OKLAHOMA EASTWARD. TRAVEL WILL BECOME

VERY DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE IN MANY AREAS THIS WEEKEND. THIS IS

A POTENTIALLY LIFE THREATENING WINTER STORM.



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HARPER-WOODS-ALFALFA-ELLIS-WOODWARD-MAJOR-ROGER MILLS-DEWEY-

CUSTER-BECKHAM-

INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...BUFFALO...ALVA...CHEROKEE...ARNETT...

WOODWARD...FAIRVIEW...CHEYENNE...TALOGA...WEATHERFORD...CLINTON...

ELK CITY...SAYRE

533 AM CDT SAT MAR 20 2010



...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM CDT SUNDAY...



A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM CDT SUNDAY FOR

MOST OF WESTERN OKLAHOMA.



* TIMING: THROUGH TONIGHT.



* MAIN IMPACT: SNOWFALL ACCUMULATION OF 4 TO 8 INCHES AND

BLUSTERY WINDS OF NEAR 30 MPH WITH GUSTS AROUND 45 MPH.

BLIZZARD CONDITIONS MAY OCCUR...RESULTING IN A VERY DANGEROUS

SITUATION.



* OTHER IMPACTS: WIND CHILL TEMPERATURES WILL FALL INTO THE

TEENS.



PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...



A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW AND

STRONG WINDS WILL OCCUR. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR

IMPOSSIBLE.

6 comments:

  1. Whoa. Mid 80s here in SoCal, dude. Don't hate me ;~)

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  2. Even Leeds is better than that today.
    SBW

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  3. Yep, sounds like weather I've fished before.

    My uncle ascribes to The Misery Factor theory: the colder and wetter and more uncomfortable one is, the more likely one is to catch fish or get a deer. So you landed a new state record, right?

    I don't know if the MF theory is accurate, but it does serve to get one out of bed at 4:00 am. And my chances at fish and deer are definitely better outdoors than in.

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  4. The trick is, once your guides ice up, hold the rod underwater (but not the reel) for a bit, then take it out, give it a good shake, and get a cast or two in before those guide close again.

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  5. But it said it cleared on Sunday, so - how'd you do?
    : )

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  6. P.S. Chad: As a vegan-turned-hunter, I got a real kick out of your "Take a Vegan Hunting Day" post over at F&S!

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