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Beau Dodson's weather analysis for the southern Illinois and western Kentucky area.
March 3, 2013: Chilly Sunday - rain arrives Monday night
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March 2, 2013 5:15 p.m.

March 3, 2013



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Snow flurries lingered through most of Saturday across our region.  I thought they might move out by Saturday morning.  That was not the case.  Some areas picked up a dusting of snow.  Temperatures on Saturday struggled to get out of the 30s.  Fairly cold for early March.



Sunday will bring slightly warmer temperatures.  Highs will be in the lower 40s across much of our region.  It should be dry.  Winds will start to become southerly by Sunday afternoon.  That means that Sunday night should not be as cold as Saturday night was.  Expect lows in the upper 20s and lower 30s by Monday morning.



Our next weather maker arrives on Monday afternoon and Monday night.  An area of low pressure will track out of the Rockies and into Oklahoma and eventually into our local area by Tuesday.



Clouds will increase with a chance for rain by late Monday afternoon and more likely on Monday night.



Rain will continue into Tuesday.  Colder air will eventually filter back into our area by Tuesday afternoon and evening.  There may even be a chance for the rain to mix with or change to a brief period of light snow on Tuesday night.  I don't believe this will be much of a concern.  I will continue to monitor this and update accordingly. 



Rainfall totals on Monday night and Tuesday should be in the 0.20"-0.40" range.  

Winds will pick up quite a bit on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning - this will make it feel even colder - with some snow showers possible.  Expect northwest winds in the 20-30 mph range.



The good news is that we are not expecting any severe thunderstorms through the week. 



Temperatures should start to rebound a bit by late in the week.  Highs by Friday should be well into the 50s.  Nothing to write home about, but better than recent days. 
     
Spot NWS forecast for your location (keep in mind that these forecasts on the point and click page are the NWS forecast thoughts - my thoughts are here and/or on my weather Facebook page) -- Click here - then enter your zip code for the most up to date spot forecast from the National Weather Service.












Small chance for a rain/snow mix on Tuesday night.  Right now this does not appear to be much of a concern.





 




Pattern should be interesting for the U.S. over the coming weeks.  Lot of jet stream energy. 





For more frequent updates visit my weather Facebook page - click here and hit like at the top of the page.













No major concerns through Monday






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The wild card in the extended forecast will be the chance for rain turning to snow on Tuesday afternoon.



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The forecast for severe or extreme weather
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The McCracken County Office of Emergency Management reminds you that owning a NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio is the best way to receive notifications of severe weather watches and warnings.
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Remember that the National Weather Service defines a severe thunderstorm as one that produces 58 mph winds or higher, hail 1" in size or larger, and/or a tornado.
  

Sunday: Severe weather is not anticipated.  No snow or ice.

Is there a chance for thunderstorms BELOW severe limits?  No


Tonight:  Severe weather is not anticipated.  No snow or ice.

Is there a chance for thunderstorms BELOW severe limits? No



Tomorrow:  Severe weather is not anticipated.  No snow or ice.
Is there a chance for thunderstorms BELOW severe limits?  No



For the most up to date severe weather outlooks - click here.
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Visit the Storm Prediction Center's web-site - click here  



To view storm reports from today and yesterday - click here






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Will the Storm Prediction Center issue a tornado or severe thunderstorm watch for southeast Missouri, southern Illinois, or western Kentucky?
   

Sunday - No  

Monday - No

Tuesday - No  



To view the official Storm Prediction Center's web-site - click here  Alternative link - click here 














We have a number of new radars available on our Weather Observatory web-site !

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We now offer St Louis, Mt Vernon, Evansville, Poplar Bluff, Cape Girardeau, Marion, Paducah, Hopkinsville, Memphis, Nashville, and Dyersburg Interactive City Radars.  I have added all of eastern Kentucky, as well.



We also have the two regional radars and now offer you three GR Earth radars.




Click here for our radar page - WEATHER RADARS ---


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We also have a new interactive radar - you can view that radar by clicking here.
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Want to learn more about how to use our radars?  Here is a video with more information
Click here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfLa0hI3adU





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To view all watches and warnings in IL -  Click Here 

To view all watches and warnings in KY - Click Here 

To view all watches and warnings in MO - Click Here

To view all watches and warnings in TN - Click Here

All other states- Click Here

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The links above are interactive and you can move around the United States by simply clicking on the national        map - or from the pull down menu where it says regions and US States.

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To view the interactive warning  map - click here.



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You can listen to local emergency services, SKYWARN storm spotters, and more by visiting our scanner feed page - click here



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The Weather Observatory is a strong partner with the National Weather Service - click here to visit your local NWS web-site.  For the most up to date warnings/advisories hit refresh on their page.



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Let's check out the how much rain is forecast to fall in our region.  This map gives you a general broad brushed idea of what can be expected.  Remember the scale is at the top of the map.



Click the link below - then choose your the time period you are interested in! 



 CLICK HERE FOR THE RAINFALL GRAPHIC - then choose the time frame above the image






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You can also now view the probability of X amount of rain (you pick the value on the web-site) in a six hour period of time.  Those maps can be viewed here.  



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Current conditions - including temperatures, apparent temperatures, heat index, wind chill, wind, pressure, humidity, dew points, and more - click here 

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You can view the upcoming days high temperature and low temperature forecasts by clicking here - choose the day - click on your state to zoom in 

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To view recent records that have been broken - click here 

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Keep in mind that these forecasts on the point and click page are the NWS forecast thoughts - my thoughts are below and/or on my weather Facebook page.



 Forecast for your local town/city - Click Here


We have a TON of new weather maps on the Weather Observatory web-site - these include temperatures, wind speed, dew points, heat index, barometric pressure, predicted rainfall, climate forecast, medium and long range maps, forecasts and more!  Click here 


Don't forget to sign up for the severe weather "heads up" email list - I usually email everyone before a big event - severe weather - tornado outbreaks - winter storms - ice storms.   Click here to join---





If you are a weather enthusiast then I recommend listening to WeatherBrains each week!  For a more in-depth look at what is happening in meteorology.









Now is a GREAT time to buy a NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio.  Better to have one before storms strike than to be without one during an event.  I recommend the Midland Model 300 NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio - that is what I use here at my house!
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Meteorologist Beau Dodson

McCracken County Office of Emergency Management

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To view all watches and warnings in Illinois - Click Here 

To view all watches and warnings in Kentucky - Click Here 

To view all watches and warnings in Missouri - Click Here

To view all watches and warnings in Tennessee - Click Here

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All other states- Click Here

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For the latest watches and warnings please visit your local National Weather Service Office web-site

http://www.weather.gov/organization.php

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Remember most of the maps on the blog can be viewed on Weather Observatory Web-Site

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