NoHype Weather -April Snowstorms: The Rule, Not the Exception

By Chris Martz  Last week, the Great Plains and upper Midwest were pummeled with a late-season blizzard. A wide swath of 10 to 20+ inches of snow buried parts of Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, with the highest totals in the 20 to 30 inch range centered in far western Minnesota, and much…

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New intensity scale ranks California’s ‘atmospheric river’ storm events just like hurricanes

Remember the series of reservoir filling and snowpack building winter storms California experienced mid-January? It was the result of an “atmospheric river” driving a series of Pacific storms onshore, just like the event that busted the Oroville Dam spillway in 2017, but not nearly as strong. Now there is a new scale to characterize strength…

What drought? California snowpack is now above normal

Here’s some good news from the “weather not climate” department. The latest series of storms, part of an “atmospheric river” pattern, have increased California’s snowpack to anywhere from 110 to 115% above of normal for this time of year. The latest data from the Department of Water Resources shows that statewide average is above normal.…

Massive snowfall closes I-80 in California

Two cold storms from the Pacific over the weekend have dumped snow on the Sierra Nevada, causing road closures due to heavy snow and whiteout conditions. I-80 is closed in both directions from Colfax to the state line due to spin outs and zero visibility. Snow is going to continue into the overnight. Get the…

'Orange Snow' invades Eastern Europe

From the “don’t eat that orange snow” department and the NOAA NPP satellite comes this interesting weather effect. Sahara Sand Dirties Eastern Europe’s Snow This side-by-side comparison from the Suomi NPP polar-orbiting satellite shows snow-covered Eastern Europe before and after a plume of dust from the Sahara Desert blanketed the region over the weekend. In…