So detailed. So pretty. I spent hours staring at the world.
Today my job is all about the maps. A large portion of my day is spent staring at squiggly lines and hatched areas superimposed on maps by our weather models.
Stare over my shoulder, they look meaningless and abstract. To me the maps are telling a story. Sometimes the story is tough to find, but tonight everything is well defined.
The 850mb 0c line is the big deal. 850 mb corresponds to around 5,000 feet above sea level. I’m looking at the freeze line at 5,000 feet. It’s a good rain/snow indicator. When it plunges very far south it’s the sign of a major Arctic outbreak.
Next Thursday morning the 850 mb 0c line is just north of Lake Okeechobee in Florida. Yes, that’s REALLY far south.
California will miss this blast of cold, but just about everyone east of the Mississippi will feel it… in spades! It could be the coldest outbreak this winter.
It’s easy to just concentrate on my area of concern, but I always sneak a few peeks at the country as a whole. Yikes! It really is winter.