JAMESTOWN – Mother Nature is playing very cruel and down-right rude April Fools joke on us today with a fresh coating of white stuff out there and very cold temperatures.
As we talked about towards the end of last week, we were not expecting much in the snow department over the weekend. Most areas were around one to two inches, pretty much in-line with what we were expecting.
However, those cold temperatures we experienced on Sunday are carrying into today. Even though with bight sunshine out there, that will not help in aiding to warm us up, thanks to a cold north to northwest wind.
We do start to warmup through the middle of the week as the Jet Stream lifts north into Canada, allowing more of that warmer, southernly air to move in across the Northeast.
Thursday and Friday will be a little unsettled as a system tracks south of the region. The good news here is any precipitation will be in the form rain and not snow.
That warming trend continues right through the weekend as we will make a run at 60 once again by Sunday.
Storm Spotter Training: The National Weather Service in Buffalo will be conducting their first ever online training class on Tuesday, May 2 at 7:00 PM. For the online training, you do need to preregister as spots for the online are limited. You can register your spot a www.weather.gov/buf/skywarn
Attendees will learn many topics to becoming a trained storm spotter, such as identifying storm structure, basic meteorology relating to severe convection (severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, etc), severe weather safety, and proper reporting techniques.
I encourage everyone to attend a training session; we are in desperate need of more trained spotters. What many people may not know is that spotters actually contribute to the warning process. Remember, Doppler radar looks above the ground; it’s only spotters who see what is happening down at the ground.
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