Violent Storms Hit The East and Slam The South

Violent Storms Hit The East and Slam The South

Strong winds and dark clouds have made their way over to the East and violent storms slamming the South

Over the course of the past three weeks, strong winds and dark clouds have made their way over to the East as harsh storms have slammed the South causing severe conditions including heavy rains and unseasonably cold temperatures.

The mid Mississippi Valley has been one of the victims to this never-ending terrible weather. More thunderstorms are headed for the valley along with extremely high and dangerous winds. A few tornadoes and some hail is a great possibility as well for the region as more data is being collected.

According to AccuWeather, “Though the rain has ended in the central U.S., rivers will continue to rise this week in many areas, threatening lives and property. Torrential rainfall Friday through Sunday triggered destructive flooding from the Ozarks into the mid-Mississippi Valley, with some river crests smashing records that had stood for over 100 years,” said reporters from the Weather Channel.

Hopefully, the pleasant cool breezes and warm sunlight will increase in the coming weeks. For now, however, the weather continues to be on and off. One week the weather hits the high 70s with the perfect amount of sunshine and breezes. Then the next week the temperature drastically drops. From 70 degrees to 50 and even 40. In other states more in the Southern region such as Western Kansas and Colorado, instead of pools of water forming in streets, winter decided to come back in full force.

According to USA Today, “Heavy snow was the story over the weekend and early Monday in portions of the Rockies and Plains. Over a foot of snow hit western Kansas on Sunday, forcing the closure of I-70 west of Salina, Kan., to the Colorado border. One location in the San Gabriel National Forest in Colorado picked up 39 inches of snow from the weekend storm, the National Weather Service said. Winter storm watches and warnings remained in effect Monday for parts of Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Anywhere from 1-3 inches was possible before the storm winds down Monday evening.”

Another poor victim of the weather this season is Kansas. Wichita Kansas will be seeing more of the same icy roads in the morning, making it hazardous to drive if not cautious.

CNN previously stated, “The National Weather Service in Wichita, Kansas, strongly discourages travel, saying, "Significant amounts of ice accumulations will make travel dangerous or impossible" and that "commerce will likely be significantly impacted. Kansas City will see significant icing through the morning on Sunday, changing over to rain early in the afternoon. Moving the game back seven hours should alleviate the danger of driving on icy roads.”

Lastly, thunderstorms will continue to make way to the East Coast with violent gusts of wind and torrential rain storms forming puddles on main roads, causing some to even close.

The Weather Channel states, “A strong cold front, with a deepening southward dip in the jet stream, will move from the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley to the Eastern Seaboard by late Sunday. This will create lifting of warm, moist air, producing showers and thunderstorms.

The result will be the progression of thunderstorms eastward. Some thunderstorms will turn severe and will produce large hail and damaging winds.”

The most important thing one can do during these times is to stay safe. It’s vital to check your battery supplies and flashlights in case the power goes out. In the meantime, make sure to have your rainboots and jacket on stand-by.
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Dear Mother Nature, We're Cold And Ready For Spring!

Where is spring and all the fun, warm weather activities it has to offer?


It begins to set at the same time of year, around the end of February, the overall frustration with the post-January, pre-spring winter blues. Mornings are dark and cold, nighttime starts at 4 p.m., and the motivation to do anything is just nonexistent. Which brings up the question of where is spring and all the fun, warm weather activities it has to offer?

Come December, the holiday season brings out the love of winter the strongest, everyone is merry, spending time with loved ones, ice skating, drinking hot cocoa, cuddling up to watch movies, and just overall taking advantage of the cold weather. However, the weeks following New Years is when the mood starts to change and happiness begins to plummet people seem to fall into a post-holiday funk and the cold weather sure as hell doesn't help. It seems like the month of January is centuries long, I don't know if it's because it has 31 days or if the cold weather somehow stretches out the month, but making it through January is an accomplishment in itself. January is basically Winter in its own, so when it ends, people are more than ready to shake off the snow and get into some warmer days.

Then, February second rolls around and people are eagerly scoping the news to watch a groundhog predict our fate as they anxiously hope for him to not see his shadow and an early spring arrives at last. At least that is what happened this year. It seems that year after year the groundhog sees his shadow, gets scared, sprints back into his hole and we are left with six more weeks of winter, but this year told a different tale. The groundhog saw his shadow and ultimately it was predicted for an early spring. This prediction alone has sparked warm weather anticipation epically. People went straight to online shopping for bathing suits and shorts, rather than sweaters and boots.

Now, it may just be Virginia's wishy-washy weather but I somehow believe mother nature is playing tricks on us. One day will be 65, the next will snow, the next will rain and be 42, and the next will be 75. I even think the early spring prediction made Valentine's day for singles a little more bearable, because the 15th, the day after Valentine's day, was sunny and in the 60s. So mother nature, when is the inconsistency going to stop?

I think I speak for most when I say that we are ready for some spring weather. Ready for no jackets, shorts, getting in your car without having to clear it off first, longer days, flowers in bloom, and baby animals running around. Not to mention actually enjoying walking places in the warm spring breeze, rather than speed walking bundled up in 5 layers with a wind-chill that chaps up your face. It's something about warm weather that just makes people nicer, and overall puts us in better moods. Even on my most stressful day, if I walk outside and its anywhere above 60 and sunny, I automatically feel at ease.

I am not asking to fast forward to summer I am just ready for some mood enhancing, sunny, spring weather to make its way on over and terminate the winter blues.

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