Saturday Odds & Ends

Just a couple of quick observations for Valentine’s Day.

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The satellite picture above shows the split nature of the storm moving toward the eastern seaboard. This should result in limited precipitation across most of Maryland. The best bet would be sprinkles or flurries with an outside chance for a brief, light rain shower(daytime) or snow shower(nighttime).

A zoomed in, black and white version of the same satellite picture shows a different aspect of the storm.

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Today’s storm was over the Midwest yesterday and left behind the snow band you see above stretched across Iowa, and to a lesser extent northwest Illinois and southwest Wisconsin. The Iowa, Cedar, Wapsipinicon and Maquoketa rivers in eastern Iowa are seen cutting through the snowcover as well as the Rock River in northwest Illinois. They all drain into the Mississippi River and are the remaining traces of the flow of meltwater from the last glaciers to cover the upper Midwest.

John Collins

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