>Brief Return Of Winter To Parts Of UK, Significant Warmth Across US, Flood Woes Continue For Australia

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Big Solar Flare May Lead To Widespread Northern Lights Display

Solar Flare: Sunspot 1429 is where a major solar flare erupted on the sun during the evening of March 6, 2012. Credit: NASA/SDO/HMI

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Classic March Temperature Rollercoaster Across Scotland Thanks To Passing Of Cold Front

SHARP COLD FRONT FIRSTLY RISES TEMPS FROM 4-5C LAST NIGHT TO 10 OR 11C BETWEEN 12-2AM, THEN ONLY TO FALL THROUGH THIS MORNING DOWN TO AROUND 4-5C WITH SNOW SHOWERS PILING IN ON THE STIFF AND COLD W, NW WIND, THIS AFTERNOON HAS SEEN READING NEAR 0C FOR MANY ACROSS SCOTLAND

Heavy showers and lowering temps deliver thin layer of snow on top of Campsie Fells this afternoon (Photo courtesy of M. Vogan)

Many areas across the north saw a pre-frontal warm surge thanks to strong southwest winds and heavy, driving rains from around 5pm last night to around 1 or 2am this morning where temps rose to 10 or 11C widely, Following the passing of the cold front, we then saw a sharp fall in temps through this morning and early afternoon. As the front pushed through and to your south, colder air pushed in, rains turned more showery and at times heavy, thundery with hail mixed in, soon the snow showers reached low levels as thos heavy rains cooled the lower atmosphere beneath them quickly.

By mid to late morning, the temp here at my house was back to 5C, after it rose during late last night to around 10C (50F), amazingly, by late this morning, it was snowing, by 2pm, more showers mized with hail, sleet and snow, my temp has fallen to 3C with a wind chill below freezing.

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Through the course of tonight, heavy rains will ease as they work their way through southeast England, further north where the colder air has been feeding on with those sharp, heavy, thundery showers, snow showers could turn more frequent as they push into western and central Scotland. It’s possible that we may see laying snow even at low levels as temps keep steadily falling through early and mid evening towards 2C. Continued stiff west, northwest winds will force wind chills to between -2 and -7C making for a raw and bracing night to be out and about.

Further south into England and it won’t be much warmer with widespread town and city temps falling towards 1-2C through tonight. W, NW winds blowing fresh to strong will make for a very cold feeling night but thankfully those showers will be less from Cumbria southwards, a mix of cloud and clear spells will be had but with rural areas at around freezing, watch for ice formation.

HIGH PRESSURE AND MILDER AIR MAKES IN ROADS ONCE AGAIN BY TOMORROW, MAY DOMINATE NEXT WEEK’S PATTERN!

Winter weather lovers, better enjoy the next 24 hours of biting wind and fast and frequent snow showers as the flow will return to a more southwesterly through Thursday and especially into Friday and the weekend as the ridge once again builds back into the UK-Ireland.

Right now, it’s looking rather mild, settled and high pressure dominated throughout next week..

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Incredible Warmth Spreads Eastwards From Plains, Next Week Could Be Even Warmer!

Temperatures rose into the 80s in Kansas, Upper 70s in Nebraska, near 70 in Chicago and even Minneapolis topped 60 as a deepening trough digging through the Great Basin and into the Southwest drives much cooler air packed with low level rains and mountains snows

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Minneapolis Cools By Near 30 Degrees While Chicago Nears 70. 60s Reach Northeast Today And May Hit 70 Tomorrow!

While the trough swings into the southwestern Plains, the heat bubble will march east, dominating the lower Midwest, Ohio Valley today while it’s the Appalachains To Eastern Seaboard tomorrow

Check out the ECMWF upper chart for tomorrow (above), note the strong southwest flow blowing directly up the I-95 tomorrow. Remember winds increase along the front and the front by tomorrow afternoon will be pushing into the interior Northeast and thus even downsloping off the Appalachains may lead to enhancement of the warmth for the major cities tomorrow.

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As the low and jet digs into the S. Plains, so the humid and warmth gets lifted north into Texas and the Arlatex, the concern is that we see 48 hours of very heavy, flooding rains throughout the region as well as some strong thunderstorms tomorrow PM as the heat and humidity builds in.

By this weekend, the trough which you can see dropping into the N. Plains will swing east and bring a shock cooldown to the Northeast late Friday and into Saturday. Expect highs in New England only in the 30s, even 20s in Maine and 40s for the major cities, March madness at it’s best for sure. We may even see it snow across the interior!
Here is the upper chart for Saturday (below). Note the trough over the NE.

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THE EXTREMES OF THE DAY

TODAY’S US EXTREMES
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HIGH: 90° at Fort Stockton, TX
LOW: -20° at West Yellowstone, MT

TODAY’S UK EXTREMES
COURTESY OF THE MET OFFICE

HIGH: 55° (12.6°C) at Hurn (Dorset)
LOW: 33° (0.8°C) at Tulloch Bridge (Highland)

TODAY’S EXTREMES HERE AT MY HOUSE

HIGH: 50°
LOW: 48°

Thanks for reading.
-Mark

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