Big temperature drop in May 2006

Dear Tom,
I recall a severe hailstorm moving through the Chicago area on May 17, 2006, that drastically dropped temperatures. Am I correct?

– Robert Skurski

Dear Robert,
Strong thunderstorms that developed ahead of a cold front swept through the Chicago area on May 17, 2006, pounding nearly all sections of the region with hail that ranged in size from pea to golf ball. Some of the largest hailstones (1 inch or greater) were reported in Des Plaines, Glenview, Rosemont, Cicero, Wauconda and in the city of Chicago.
Before the thunderstorms hit, temperatures had climbed into the lower 70s, but the mercury plunged in the storm’s wake with temperatures dropping into the upper 40s and lower 50s. One reason the storms were such prolific hail producers was a low 8,000-foot freezing level which allowed the hail that formed in the storm’s vigorous updrafts to reach the ground without melting.

5 times more snow in Flagstaff, AZ than Fairbanks, Alaska???

The snow continues to pile up across the southern United States while parts of Alaska are experiencing a “snow drought”.  

To see some of the rather staggering snowfall numbers, follow the link below and check out the WGN Severe Weather Blog.  Or you can always Google “WGN Severe Weather Blog”.

http://weblogs.wgntv.com/chicago-weather/severe-weather/

El Nino at work: 5 times more snow in Flagstaff, AZ than Fairbanks, Alaska

The snow continues to pile up this winter season across portions of the southern United States while sections of Alaska are in a “snow drought”.   Here are some of the very surprising seasonal snowfall totals through February 13th.

108″  Flagstaff, AZ

 80″  Baltimore, MD

 72″  Philadelphia, PA

 55″  Washington, D.C.

 45″  Chicago

 27″  Kansas City, MO

 21″  Fairbanks, AK

 20″  Oklahoma City, OK

 17″  Dallas, TX

El Nino winters are known to be stormy across much of the southern United States from California to the mid-Atlantic, which often results in above normal precipitation.  When there is enough cold air present, as is the case this winter season, these storms turn into prolific snow producers.

Vancouver warmer than Miami this morning

Vancouver continues to experience above normal temperatures this Sunday morning while much of the southern United States is shivering.   

At 7:00AM CST, the temperature in Vancouver, British Columbia is 48 degrees fahrenheit, 3 degrees warmer than the 45 degree reading Miami is waking up to.  

In northern Florida, Freeze Warnings and Wind Chill Advisories are in effect as temperatures hover in the 20′s.  

Snow is expected to return to sections of the Florida Panhandle tonight for the second time in less than a week.   A winter weather advisory has been posted for portions of southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. 

Winter Olympics in Florida? It's colder in Miami than Vancouver!

Vancouver continues to experience above normal temperatures this Sunday morning while much of the southern United States is shivering.   

At 7:00AM CST, the temperature in Vancouver, British Columbia is 48 degrees fahrenheit, 3 degrees warmer than the 45 degree reading Miami is waking up to.  

In northern Florida, Freeze Warnings and Wind Chill Advisories are in effect as temperatures hover in the 20′s.  

Snow is expected to return to sections of the Florida Panhandle tonight for the second time in less than a week.   A Winter Weather Advisory has been posted for portions of southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.   

Snow downstate, Winter Weather Advisory posted

A moderately strong storm system will slide south of Chicago through Missouri, downstate Illinois and into the Ohio River Valley tonight and tomorrow.

A Winter Weather Advisory has been posted for southwest and southern Illinois where 2 to 6 inches of snow is expected to fall today through tonight.  

This storm will strengthen tomorrow as it moves into the Ohio River Valley prompting the National Weather Service to hoist Winter Storm Warnings across southern Indiana and portions of Kentucky. 

On the back side of the storm over the northern Plains, light snow coupled with strong winds are slowing down ground travel.  Blowing and and drifting snow has become so severe, that a Blizzard Warning has been issued for a small portion of eastern Nebraska. 

LEGEND FOR MAP BELOW

White:   Winter Weather Advisory/Snow Advisory

Red:      Winter Storm Warning

Yellow:  Winter Storm Watch

Pink:      BLIZZARD WARNING

Brown:   Wind Advisory

 WGN Weather Center 7 Day Forecast