Quick-hitting round of rain and snow to target Plains, Midwest Wednesday by Brandon Buckingham•A weak storm system tracking out of the interior Northwest and across the Front Range will bring along the threat for a chilly rain and some wet snowflakes across the Plains and Midwest through the day on Wednesday.
As the storm system moves east of the Front Range Wednesday morning, Rapid City and the Black Hills of South Dakota, will be among some of the first locales across the Plains to deal with the potential for a wet snow as the disturbance races eastward.
With temperatures expected to hover in the lower to middle 30s across much of South Dakota, any accumulating snow will likely be limited to grassy and elevated surfaces. For those traveling along Interstate 90 through South Dakota, expect to have wet road conditions and your windshield wipers turned on.
The storm system will continue to quickly track eastward into Minnesota by midday. Across the Twin Cities, precipitation will start as a chilly rain as the disturbance moves in.
While precipitation may start as rain, cooler air on the back side of the storm will filter in, allowing for wet snowflakes to mix in late in the afternoon in Minneapolis. By the time the storm clears out of the area during the evening hours, a coating to an inch or so is possible.
As the sun sets and temperatures lower into the evening hours, it is likely that rain will transition to snow over northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and accumulate into the overnight hours.
Marquette, Michigan, a city that is no stranger to late-season snowfall events could add on an additional 1 to 3 inches of snowfall from late afternoon into the overnight hours Wednesday. To date, Marquette has observed just over 15 feet of snow and counting.
Another city that has joined the century club in terms of snowfall this season, Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, could also tack on some more late Wednesday into Wednesday night. To date, the Soo has observed just over 10 feet of snow.
Although wintry weather is in the forecast for the Soo, a sure sign of spring and warmer air to come graced the city as the Soo Locks officially opened for the season at 12:01 a.m. EDT, Wednesday morning. The Soo Locks serve as a busy shipping route across the Great Lakes, as ships from all across the globe travel through them when conditions permit. The start to, and efficiency of the shipping season can be very weather dependent during the early spring months, as ice buildup can occasionally delay the massive freighters that travel through it.
Rare tornado emergency issued after twister rips through Tishomingo, Miss. by Brian Lada•A „large and destructive” tornado tore through northern Mississippi and northern Alabama on Tuesday evening, leaving behind a trail of damage and prompting a dire warning to be issued for those in its path.Severe thunderstorms began to blossom over the Tennessee Valley late Tuesday afternoon, and by 5:35 p.m. CDT, the National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed that there was a tornado bearing down on Tishomingo, Mississippi.
Almost immediately, damage was being reported out of the town in the northeastern corner of Mississippi, including a Dollar General that was left with substantial damage. Fortunately, only minor injuries have been reported, according to WTVA.
|The tornado-warned thunderstorm as it hit the Tishomingo, Mississippi, area on Tuesday evening. (Facebook/barrett Gutter)|
After going through Tishomingo, the tornado crossed the border into northern Alabama, prompting the NWS to issue an extremely rare tornado emergency. „At 5:41 p.m. CDT, a confirmed large and destructive tornado was observed near Tishomingo State Park, moving east at 45 mph,” the emergency bulletin read.
Tornado emergencies are only issued a few times a year across the country and are only issued during significant severe weather events.
|Storm damage in Tishomingo, Mississippi, in the wake of a tornado-warned thunderstorm on Tuesday evening. (Twitter/@nmscasStan)|
The same thunderstorm that spawned this tornado went on to track through Decatur, Alabama, around 7 p.m. CDT, prompting a tornado warning to be issued for the city.
The threat of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms will continue across the region into Tuesday night before drier conditions return on Wednesday.
The dry weather on Wednesday will help with any recovery and cleanup efforts in the wake of Tuesday’s storms.
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Over 32.2 million strikes detected in India last year by the company’s Total Lightning Network
Earth Networks, operator of a nationwide lightning detection network in India, today released its 2019 India Lightning Report and interactive map. For all of 2019, Earth Networks’ Total Lightning Network detected 32,238,667 lightning strikes in India, of which 12,048,182 were dangerous cloud-to-ground strikes. The top five states with the most lightning last year were Odisha, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkland, and Karnataka.
- Odisha led all states with just over 4 million total strikes, with total lightning counts peaking in June
- West Bengal was issued over 3,000 Dangerous Thunderstorm Alerts, leveraging a proprietary alerting methodology which tracks the most severe storms and lightning activity that have proven to act as a precursor to damaging weather including tornados, hail, and high winds
- Over 18,026 of Earth Networks’ Dangerous Thunderstorm Alerts were issued throughout the country, with a high concentration located within the east area of the country
„We have had a presence in India since 2012 working with the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) and other government entities. Since then we have expanded our cooperation with disaster management agencies, commercial organisations and other entities across India to build capacity through the addition of severe weather early warning systems,” said Rich Spaulding, Chief Executive Officer at Earth Networks. „The result, evident in this report, is a nationwide weather and total lightning network enabling powerful storm-tracking capabilities such as the PulseRad simulated radar system, forecasting, and critical life-saving alerts such as our patented Dangerous Thunderstorm Alert (DTA), that is entirely derived from a high rate of lightning activity.”
Results That Matter
Lightning is a major weather threat in India, killing nearly 3,000 people per year. Since deploying Earth Networks’ early warning solution, including Sferic Siren, an onsite lightning proximity alerting system, the state of Odisha has reported a more than 30% decrease in lightning related deaths. This amazing reduction in loss of life is because Odisha is now able to send alerts with as much as 45 minutes lead time ahead of strong storms.
Each state has taken a unique approach to leveraging this data, showing the flexibility of working with network-based weather information. In Karnataka, West Bengal, Odisha and Bihar, Earth Networks’ lightning and Dangerous Thunderstorm Alerts are sent to the public via regional free mobile apps and SMS. In Andhra Pradesh, Earth Networks’ patented Dangerous Thunderstorm Alerts, lightning data and proximity alerts are also delivered to the state’s Disaster Management Authority via API. Assam Disaster Management Authority, the most recent state entity to join the network, also plans to build a weather alerting app for its residents.
With over 1,800 sensors in over 100 countries, Earth Networks Total Lightning Network is the most extensive and technologically advanced lightning network in the world. Its ability to monitor both cloud-to-ground and in-cloud lightning enables forecasters to generate faster, localized storm alerts and warn of other forms of severe weather such as downbursts, hail, heavy rains, and high winds – in turn setting it apart from other lightning networks. Lightning data from the network are fundamental to the real-time identification of thunderstorm occurrence, location, coverage, intensity and trends.
With Earth Networks’ partnerships in India come new datasets and observations, in addition to comprehensive visualisation tools that enable India’s disaster management agencies to issue automatic alerts and estimate storm arrival times. What’s more, these partnerships are a win for both government and civil defence agencies who are able to access products that further aid the states in saving lives and reducing property damage that occurs due to severe weather, while helping private industry partners access new sources of severe weather data to optimise operations, analyse trends and protect critical infrastructure.
About Earth Networks
Earth Networks, part of the Advanced Environmental Monitoring family of innovators, has been Taking the Pulse of the Planet® for more than 20 years. We help organisations mitigate financial, operational and human risk by providing environmental intelligence from the world’s largest hyperlocal weather network. Schools, airports, sports teams, utilities and government agencies rely on our early warning solutions to safeguard lives, prepare for weather events and optimize operations. Companies across all industries use our weather data to automate decisions regarding risk management, business continuity and asset protection.