Wintry mess for the south

1As you may have heard, much of the southern states were socked in with snow, ice, and well below average temperatures. At the end of the storm, 13″ of snow was recorded in the Texas panhandle and at its peak, 142,000 customers were without power within the state of Oklahoma. This picture is from Andy Boxell who works for the National Weather Service in Romeoville. He was visiting Norman, OK during the storm and was kind enough to share this picture with us.  What was the cause of the intense winter weather so far south? The main contributor to this system was a shift in the jet stream. Locations near the gulf are usually under the influence of what’s known as the Subtropical Jet. This jet stream is usually found closer to the equator, is situated higher in the atmosphere, and transports warmer air. During this storm, the Polar Jet, which brings us much of our cold air, took over and transported much colder air very far south. Combined with a disturbance, this setup dumped a massive amount of wintry precipitation in an area that is not well equipped to deal with the magnitude that fell.

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This post was written by qni_it on January 31, 2010

4 Comments so far

  1. tony January 31, 2010 7:09 PM

    I bet if that storm would have been heading towards us, it would have either weakened or changed tracks giving us light precip.

  2. Chad T January 31, 2010 11:51 PM

    I have a few friends that work down in OK. One of them posted some pictures of the ice storm in his area. Downed trees and all. It looked pretty nasty, I was amazed he still had power. If you would like to see the pictures just let me know, and I’ll email him. It looked pretty brutal. I’m glad our ice storm a month or so back wasn’t anywhere near as bad.

  3. Aaron Brackett February 1, 2010 3:32 AM

    Yes, that certainly is good that we missed out on this one. Remember guys, you can always send your pictures to weather@wrex.com We can’t guarantee that they will make it on, but we love seeing what you guys shoot!

    -AB

  4. tony February 1, 2010 3:22 PM

    I try to shoot pictures whenever I can.

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