Star Date 1 May 2017 Monday

Captain's Log
Happy Monday! Can you believe it's already 1 May???

April is in the history books and it was a warm and very wet month. For the U.S. overall it was the warmest in 11 years and #1 wettest in over 26 years. The East was the warm spot, the Northwest the cold spot. The month was full of extremes with wild swings in temperatures from Summer-like to frosty, one suspect Tropical Storm Arlene in the middle of the Atlantic and a fair amount of deadly tornadoes. CLICK ON IMAGES FOR LARGER VIEW

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This morning May is coming in like a COLD Lion in the Heartland with SNOW on the back edge of a wrapped up storm system. This is just the first of a series of cold fronts that looks to make the Eastern half of the U.S. quite cold while the West is warm. A flip flop from April.

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There is also a continued enhanced threat for severe thunderstorms again today along the East Coast - stay safe!!!

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After the weekend snow storm in the Central Rockies, national snow cover is still at 10% which is the 2nd most in 14 years and 59% above average. Even Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa Hawaii had some snow above 13,000 feet of course! We'll add a bit more today in the Upper Midwest.

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The 2-week outlook shows a cold and very wet pattern for the Eastern U.S. In the Ohio Valley the next two weeks trend the coldest in 20 years, coldest in 26+ years in the Midwest with the frost riskhigh! The U.S. overall trends the coldest start to May in 7 years and wettest in over 26 years. A complete flip flop from April with the Northwest the warm spot...they'll take it after a cold long Winter.

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Angelina Kirk enjoyed a somewhat nice weekend tip toeing through the tulips! :) Actually if she sees a Dandelion in the grass she stops to immediately pluck it. Daddy's girl! ha The tulips and flowering trees were especially pretty this year here in Eastern PA.

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- Capt Kirk out.