Didn’t quite make 50° here yesterday but we did manage to get to 47.1° before slowly dropping to our current temperature of 30.3° at 7am. We also managed to pick up .30 of an inch of rain. This has been a strange winter for sure and I bet many are ready to leave it behind and move on to spring, however, I have seen clipper systems move through in early March and snow in early April.
I wonder if we will break the cycle we have been in for the past few years. I am not a proponent of climate change per se – I do believe the climate does change in cyclic patterns over the period of years, decades and centuries. Anomalies like major volcanic eruptions can cool the atmosphere, earthquakes can cause the change in the tilt of the earth by a couple degrees, even solar storms or lack thereof are thought to bring changes to the climatology.
The scariest thing in regards to super volcanoes is that the top three largest exist in the U.S. the biggest being the Yellowstone Caldera. Second only to Yellowstone in North America is the Long Valley caldera, in east-central California. The 200-square-mile caldera is just south of Mono Lake, near the Nevada state line. The biggest eruption from Long Valley was 760,000 years ago, which unleashed 2,000 to 3,000 times as much lava and ash as Mount St. Helens, after which the caldera floor dropped about a MILE, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Some of the ash reached as far east as Nebraska. In third place is the Valles Caldera in New Mexico. The other three super volcanoes live in New Zeeland, Japan and Indonesia. The eruption of any of these could bring major cooling to the atmosphere and trigger another minnie ice age. Though no immanent, should Yellowstone erupt it would change life as we know it in the U.S..
In climatology we usually look to the skies, however there is a lot going on below our feet we may want to take into account. We have no control over any of it in the sky or below the earths surface – even with advances in technology we have no say or management of these things.
We have a winter weather advisory for freezing rain beginning tonight at 10pm last through tomorrow at 1pm. We will see rain, snow showers, sleet and a mix of the above through most of the week. We will warm back up to the mid 40s on Thursday before the temps fall back into the 20s for Friday on through the weekend.
It`s possible that we`ll see a quarter to third of an inch of ice along and south of I-96 through Wednesday and less than a tenth north of I-96.
White out conditions shut down 100 miles of I-80
Polar vortex may kill most of these invasive insects in Wisconsin.