UPDATE: Check out this incredible timelapse video from Ron Shawley of Vinco, PA. He had posted a low-res version on the Pennsylvania Storm Chasers Facebook Group, but I was able to get the raw images and turn them into a huge, hi-res movie (YouTube link here; blog-sized shown below):
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Ron had between 6 and 8 inches, all told (he lives in Vinco, PA). Pittsburgh and Altoona only picked up a trace, while Westmont near Johnstown saw 3.4 inches. The top snow amounts by state are listed below, and the visible satellite this morning and this afternoon shows what's left over (if you can't tell what's snow versus clouds, check out this CIMSS image where snow cover is shown as dark red):
Arkwright, NY: 16.0"
Laurel Summit, PA: 13.7"
Frostburg, MD: 6"
Crawley, WV: 5"
A complete map of snow totals is available on the WeatherMatrix Facebook Page:
Well folks, the April Appalachian snow is underway. Conditions were terrible this morning on Chickaree Mountain (above Johnstown, PA) per this cam shot from PA511.org:
Snow fell at high points as far south as Mount Leconte, Tennessee, and Laurel Summit, PA was reporting 13.5 inches as of noon Monday. As forecast, this was a very elevation-dependent event. While AccuWeather HQ had bare ground this morning, just a couple of miles away in Pine Grove Mills, everything was white, including the mountain. Here are a few pictures I snapped:
You can watch the snow disappear as I drive down the mountain and out into the fields in this mobile timelapse video. This is about 5.5 miles of road, or about 4 miles "as the crow flies":
The damage from the Moore, Okla., tornado of May 20, 2013, is incredible. These radar loops show the immensity of the tragic storm.
When I saw that Google had created a 30-year satellite time-lapse of Earth, I knew where the most impressive weather-related animations would be.
Whatever you call them -- "Ice Needling," "Ice Surges," or "Ice Shoves," or "Ice Heaves" -- a phenomenon that I first blogged about in 2009 is back -- with a vengeance!
17 years ago on this date, while I was taking my freshman exams at UNCA, a "cut-off" low was rumored to dump 57" of snow at nearby Mount Pisgah... but is that reading reliable?
Tornado reports and warnings are down for 2013 so far, and the last 12 months, but what about severe-thunderstorm-warned areas and lightning strikes?
The last two weeks have featured no less than four storm days, one with four storms, here in Central Pennsylvania and I've taken some neat pictures.