Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Crazy weather

This past weekend I told you we had great weather and we knew it was going to end. Sunday it started out pretty nice and gradually got cold. We did happen to go to the park though - our favorite green park.

Joey kicking back in his favorite spot. 

On Monday Justin stayed home with me - sick. Poor kiddo had a 100.4 fever on Sunday and on Monday just layed on the couch all day. He didn't have a fever but he sure didn't move much. He conked right out on the couch and just looked so adorable.

Isn't he adorable? Something about a sleeping child is so cute...

Luckily he felt better Monday evening. Kids went to bed on time. Joe went to a physical training appointment at the gym and I had the kids do all their chores, get in the tub, eat their snack, clean the table, read a book and go to bed! I felt like superwoman! They were very well behaved.

About 11 last night Joe and I were sitting in the media room and we hear rain. It started to POUR outside. Then we got a thunderstorm and it was extremely windy.

We went to bed. I went to sleep and woke at 4:30am to the sound of hail hitting my window. I checked my phone and it's 23 degrees, raining/ice and we are having a THUNDERSTORM. I see lightening and I hear thunder. It was so wild - it was 23 degrees! The official term for it is 'thundersnow'.

Thundersnow, also known as a winter thunderstorm or a thunder snowstorm, is a rare kind of thunderstorm with snow falling as the primary precipitation instead of rain. It typically falls in regions of strong upward motion within the cold sector of an extratropical cyclone, where the precipitation consists of ice pellets rather than snow.

There are usually four forms of thundersnow:

  • A normal thunderstorm on the leading edge of a cold front or warm front that can either form in a winter environment or one that runs into cool air and where the precipitation takes the form of snow.
  • A heavy synoptic snowstorm in the comma head of an extratropical cyclone that sustains strong vertical mixing which allows for favorable conditions for lightning and thunder to occur.
  • A lake effect or ocean effect thunderstorm which is produced by cold air passing over relatively warm water; this effect commonly produces snow squalls over the Great Lakes.
  • A cold front containing extremely cold air aloft, steepening lapse rates and causing strong vertical movement which allows for favorable conditions for lightning and thunder to occur

One unique aspect of thundersnow is that the snowfall acts as an acoustic suppressor of the thunder. The thunder from a typical thunderstorm can be heard many miles away, while the thunder from thundersnow can usually only be heard within a two to three mile radius from the lightning. In the United States, March is their peak month of formation, and on average, only 6.3 events are reported per year.

Anyhow it was really cool. I think that was the second ever winter thunderstorm that I have experienced.

At 5:15 this morning they canceled schools. It had been raining/hailing/ice since 4:30 and the roads were reportedly awful.

This is what it looked like when I woke up. We were under a Wind Chill advisory, Wind advisory and a Winter Storm warning and now we are under a hard freeze warning - which I've never heard of before but I guess it's a warning for freezing pipes. They don't insulate homes so well in Texas. Right now it's 10:30 at night and TEN degrees! UNREAL! We have a wind chill of -7!!

The wind was blowing the snow all over.

Rain gauge had a 1/2 inch of ice and an inch of snow.

I told you I'm a weather freak! :)

On Friday I took this photo of Joey with his friend Alex. They are like two bugs in a rug!

We had so much ice today and it never warmed up that at 5pm today our school district canceled schools for tomorrow too. It's been an interesting week!

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