The snowstorm that pummeled much of the United States on February 1st and 2nd leaves a wake of records in its path. Eight interesting facts about this week's weather:
- Oklahoma City had 10"+ inches for only the third time since they began keeping records in 1893.
- Blowing snow in Oklahoma City reduced visibility to 30 yards in places
- Interstate 70 in Missouri was closed from mile marker 5 to mile marker 218. This is basically from Kansas City to St. Louis
- Warrensburg, Missouri had 21" of snow
- Chicago schools closed for the first time in 12 years!
- Snowfall in Chicago was over 20" (as recorded at both Midway and O'Hare airports)
- Official totals in Wisconsin - Milwaukee 19.8", Madison 18.7" and a whopping 26.5" near Racine
- At one point, over 100 million Americans were being impacted by the storm
This was one of those storms that will leave a mark on many lives. We here at SWIFT Weather will continue to work hard to provide products that will keep you ahead of the storms!
As forecasted earlier this week, a massive winter storm is moving through the nation's midsection including active Blizzard Warnings across 7 states:
As I type this, our WeatherBase (feeds aggregator) is tracking a total of 3,719 county-based watches, warnings, and/or advisories across U.S.:
814 counties under Winter Storm Watch/Warning (pressently occuring or imminent)
627 counties under Winter Weather Advisory (expected to occur)
191 counties under Blizzard Warning
692 counties under Wind Chill Watch/Warning/Advisories
7 counties under Severe Thunderstorm Warnings (high wind and hail)
92 counties under Tornado Watch
19 counties under Fire/Red Flag Warning
39 counties under High Wind Watch/Warning
102 Coastal, Marine, and Small Craft Advisories
...plus hundreds of other outlooks & advisories
I think today is a contender for most active warnings, ever! Wherever you are, plan ahead, stay safe, and stock up.
From the Tips & Tricks section of our video tutorials, this video will teach you how to use the Palette Editor to customize contour layers in Weather Defender. In this tutorial, we create a Freezine Line on the Temperature layer, indicating the precise location of freezing temperatures.
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