Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Nothing more needs to be said...
Fort Lauderdale breaks cold record for Dec. 7
South Floridians woke up Tuesday morning to temperatures hovering around the very low 40s that sometimes felt like the mid-30s because of the wind chill factor.
In Fort Lauderdale, a low temperature record of 42 degrees for Dec. 7 that had been in place for 169 years was broken, said Dan Gregoria, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Miami.
"It was at 7:24 a.m. when the temperature reached 40 degrees," Gregoria said.
Freeze Frame: Temps Expected to Drop Into the 30s
The official start of winter is still two weeks away, but South Florida is bracing for some seriously cold temperatures (for our standards).
While this cold spell may not rival the one experienced back in January, when it remained cold for two straight weeks, the forecast calls for readings in the 30s both Monday and Tuesday nights.
A freeze warning is in effect for inland locations in South Florida, and farm owners are scrambling to protect their crops. For the rest of us, a wind chill warning has been issued, as the wind will make us feel like it's in the 20s and not the 30s.
Weekend Snow Monster May Bring a Travel Nightmare
While the details of what areas will get smacked by a major snowstorm this weekend are still being sorted out, one thing is certain, the storm has the potential bring a travel nightmare to many areas.
AccuWeather.com meteorologists are predicting a storm will move from the northern Plains into the Ohio Valley, then redevelop off the mid-Atlantic coast. On that path, the storm will produce a swath of plowable snow from the Dakotas through the Midwest and Great Lakes and into the Northeast.
The storm has the potential to explode into a major snowstorm that could produce in excess of 6 inches of snow over a large area of the Northeast states and eastern Canada.
AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Joe Bastardi says that it is the type of storm that could close roads in some areas.
Based on the latest information Tuesday morning, the areas from Missouri to western New York could be hit by the greatest impacts from the snow. The danger we see is a storm that produces almost blizzard conditions over a large area of the Ohio Valley and eastern Great Lakes.