Captain's Log 20 March '22 Spring Severe Weather

Captain's Log

Happy Sunday 20 March '22 SPRING IS HERE! :)

Watching the Polar Vortex collapse means Spring is here and the Sun agrees too. Spring arrived 11:33am EDT today. CLICK ON IMAGES FOR A LARGER VIEW.

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We were on with Amy & Craig at FOX Weather last week talking about our Spring outlook and one topic was wildfires.

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Expecting wildfires to be up +74% above average and the most in 5 years; particularly in the Southwest and Central Plains.

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Last Week (13-19 March) across the World shows the U.S. trending +2.7F warmer than last year, warmest in 6 years and 9th warmest of the past 37 years. Rainfall was down -33%, driest in 3 years but still 14th wettest of the past 37 years with above average national rainfall. Snowfall was the least in 10 years, down -69% vs last year and 5th least of the past 37 years.

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The colder YOY spots were Canada, U.K. Russia and Brazil. Very warm in China and Australia.

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This week (20-26 March) shows the U.S. trending -1.8F colder than last year, coolest in 3 years but still 11th warmest of the past 37 years. Rainfall down 13% and least in 3 years but still 10th wettest of the past 37 years.

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Need to watch for another severe weather outbreak across the Deep South from Texas to Georgia early this week.

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Any snowfall will mainly be in the higher elevations of the West and some in the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes. While U.S. snowfall is +63% more than last year, it's still -52% below average and 12th least of the past 37 years.

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Next Week (27 Mar - 2 Apr) shows cooler trends for the Great Lakes and Northeast, but much of the U.S. trends above average. Temperatures trending +2.1F warmer that last year, 5th warmest in 37 years and 12th warmest of the past 37 years. Rainfall -9% drier than a year ago, driest in 7 years and 8th driest of the past 37 for the U.S. overall. The stormy spot is again in the middle of the country where they need the rain.

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For the 2-week World outlook shows the warm spots in the U.S., Europe and especially the Middle East to Western China.

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- Captain Kirk out.