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  • New Storm heads for the Plains

    Good morning everyone!

    Happy Columbus Day.  Do you all have the day off?  Let me know what you’re up to!

    We’ve got a few things on the weather map that could disrupt some Columbus Day outdoore events…

    A new storm system that began across the Northwest will bring rain and snow over the Central U.S.  Snow will once again fall across the Black Hills of South Dakota (the area that got hit with record setting 4-5 feet from the last storm) though tonight.  Over a foot of snow will be possible in the mountains while 1-3 slushy inches could fall over the lower elevations with rain mixed in. 

    Meanwhile, strong to severe storms could erupt over parts of Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma.  Heavy rain will fall across parts of the Plains and Midwest.  Some areas could get over 4 inches of additional rain which could cause flash flooding.

    The coastal low we’ve been dealing with for days is weakening offshore of the Midatlantic, but it’s still bringing the threat for blustery conditions  across the Carolinas and Florida.  The tides are also still high along the DelMarVa.  Things should improve over the next day or so.

    Across the West, snow continues for the rockies.  Over a foot is possible for the mountains of of Wyoming, northeast Utah, north Colorado and south Montana.

    That’s a quick update of your weather to start the week.  I just put up our Halloween decorations at home, and got the kids their costumes.  Matthew is going as a robot transformer and Theodore will be a dinasaur.  I’m so proud of myself that I got this done early.    I can’t believe it’s almost Halloween!  The next few months are going to fly by…

    Have a great day everyone.


Audrey from Indiana

Hi all: Spent the afternoon on Columbus Day at the dentist for my husband. Whew! I think the dentist will be able to purchase some new equipment after that bill! Anyway, he is good, and we continue to visit his office when needed! Weather today is gloomy. We had to make our own sunshine. Temps will begin to fall tonight with highs in the 60's for a few days. FALL is here! Enjoy the evening everyone. Audrey

October 15, 2013 at 5:55 pm


Afternoon all! Looks like we've got rainy & cooler weather headed our way. Next week, I'll be headed to Cherokee, NC on vacation. Hope AccuWeather is right. If so, we'll have beautiful weather all week. Nickolas, Jr. had a PeeWee football game last night. They lost 26-0. Wasn't too good a night for our little team. Oh well, we play again on Thursday. Hope we do better. Y'all have a great day! Gwen :)

October 15, 2013 at 5:18 pm

Margie Gacki

Hey Sam, that sounds like wicked weather! Hope it's a lot quieter out there today. I bet you're happy your Seahawks won, even with that boneheaded field goal attempt. I watched most of that game and was happy they won. At least the Steelers finally won a game yesterday. That made up for the dopey Redskins losing. Watching football isn't the same since I don't have my dad to talk to after the games. I miss that. Have a great evening everyone! Margie

October 14, 2013 at 5:51 pm


This is the anniversary of the 1962 Columbus Day Storm which hit the PNW and WA state. Winds in the Willapa Hills, 25 miles South of Aberdeen, were clocked at 160mph. It laid huge swaths of timber down all over this area. At the time it was the most severe non-tropical based storm to ever hit the USA. Interesting reading if anyone is interested.

October 14, 2013 at 3:45 pm

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