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#32135 - 06/11/2006 00:35 Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather
UK Steve Offline
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Hi Wet Snow

I've noticed that many parts of the USA can have large variations in temperature from day to day during the colder months.

Does this happen often in Mena?

What are your thoughts on the upcoming winter in the USA.

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#32136 - 06/11/2006 02:32 Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather
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Registered: 17/06/2002
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Loc: Mena, Polk County, Arkansas; e...
Hello UK Steve:

Yes, the greatest variations in temperature here are due to passages of brutally frigid Arctic/Polar Cold Fronts (aka "Siberian Expresses"). Ahead of the front, warm SW winds will raise the temperature to above-seasonal levels then the front hits and much colder air takes over. From this scenario, we can have highs in the mid-60sF/18C one day and maximums around 32F/0C the next. The most dramatic temperature changes--due to these fronts--happen in the Northern Plains states. The US Record for 24-hour temperature drop is an amazing fall of 100degreesF--from 56F/13.3C to -44F/-42.2C in 1916 at Browning, Montana. Thankfully, the really frigid cold fronts only hit us a couple times during Winter.

Hard to make the call on Winter as the temperatures have been wildly variable lately. It already looks like Winter in the Rocky Mountains as they've already had a couple good snow dumps.
I hope our Winter isn't frigidly cold and I'm hoping for at least 1 good snow dump.

Hey Steve, I notice--while viewing the BBC London Traffic Cams--that trees still have mostly green leaves on them. The Autumn Colors are looking Spectacular on the trees here.

Have A Good One~~~Wet Snow

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#32137 - 06/11/2006 07:35 Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather
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Loc: Mena, Polk County, Arkansas; e...
Steve: Here are a few examples of how Arctic/Polar cold fronts can drop the temperatures here:

2000:
Dec. 11: Max. 61F/16.1C
Dec. 12: Max. 25F/-3.8C

2004:
Jan. 4: Max. 65F/18.3C (at 12:01 AM, Daytime Max.: 63F/17.2C)
Jan. 5: Max. 29F/-1.6C (at 12:01 AM & abt. 3:30 PM)

2005:
Jan. 5: Max. 64F/17.7C (at 12:01 AM, Daytime Max. 55F/12.7C)
Jan. 6: Max. 32F/0.0C
Of course the temperature differences between the previous days' maximum and the next day minimum would be greater. The temperature variations here are not as much (as up north) as the frigid air has somewhat of a chance to modify before reaching this far south.
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Hello Friends:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH........LOW........RAIN
Oct..29..76F/24.4C...46F/7.7C...---
.....30..71F/21.6C...57F/13.8C..---
.....31..65F/18.3C...50F/10C....0.15"/3.8mm
Nov...1..54F/12.2C...40F/4.4C...---
......2..53F/11.6C...29F/-1.6C..---
......3..59F/15C.....27F/-2.7C..---
......4..64F/17.7C...32F/0.0C...---

Week with warm start and a pretty fair cool-down mid-week. Rain was from passage of a potent Canadian cold front (avg. temperatures for Mena for this part of November: avg. max. of 65F/18.3C, avg. min. of 42F/5.5C). Overall High-12:01 AM and Overall Low-abt. 11:39 PM-listed for the 31st; Overall Low-abt. 11:40 PM-listed for the 1st. The last few days felt more Winterlike--especially with the cloudiness and nippy NNW winds. Heard flocks of geese flying overhead on the 31st. The frosts this week just about took care of the lawngrass. A Pacific cold front is approaching and it's been raining here for quite a bit of the morning (currently 50F/10C, light rain at 2:12 PM CST Sunday--my area is under a Flash Flood Watch). Upcoming forecast calls for rebounding temperatures, highs in lower-70sF/~21-22C with lows in the lower-50sF/~10-12C.
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Sportswise: Well Friday night, Mena High played their last game of the season--hosting long-time rival Leopards of DeQueen High. DQHS (7-point favorite) is ranked #32 in 4-A, Mena is ranked #36. I bundled up pretty good as the gametime temperatures were around the 40F/4.4C-mark (at least there was no wind--the aroma of hot coffee/hot chocolate was a great smell). Each team showed flashes of good plays on offense/defense, but couldn't sustain a scoring drive. Midway through the 2nd Quarter, Mena scored a TD on a 13-yard pass (from Bunch to Cordeiro), staking MHS to a 7-0 lead. More of the same as both teams wasted scoring chances (DQHS missing a short Field Goal attempt). With 0:38 left in the game, a DQHS scoring pass was nullified by a holding penalty, but DQHS still had the ball deep in Mena territory. The game ended with the DQHS Quarterback throwing an incomplete pass in the Mena endzone. Mena escaped with a very nervous 7-0 triumph in a very exciting game.
Mena ended the 2006 season with a 4-6 record (.400), scoring 168 points (16.8 avg.) and allowing 247 points (24.7 avg.) In 4-A District 7 play, Mena ended with a 2-5 record (.285), scoring 108 points (15.4 avg.) and allowing 205 points (29.2 avg.) MHS looked good early-on, winning their first 2 games, but a combination of key injuries (esp. to starting QB McCormick) and a very tough Conference schedule doomed the Bearcats to a sub-.500 mark.

Saturday night (national telecast on ESPN) the #12-Ranked UA Razorbacks played at U South Carolina, UA being a slim 2-point favorite. The 'Backs came out with a potent running attack and a bend-but-don't-break defense and took a useful 23-6 lead at half. UA kicked a Field Goal early in the 3rd Quarter to up the lead to 26-6. USC changed Quarterbacks and stormed back (on a couple long TD drives, long pass plays) to cut the UA lead to 26-20. UA blew a prime scoring chance deep in SC territory by throwing a pass interception near the SC goal-line. UA also missed a 41-yard Field Goal attempt. The game was a nail-biter as USC was driving into UA territory--with just over 5 minutes left--but UA's Darius Vinnett came to the rescue by intercepting a USC pass attempt. UA made several key 1st Downs (causing USC to use up all of their time-outs) and finally ran out the clock to preserve a nail-biting 26-20 victory. It gets no easier next Saturday as UA hosts the U of Tennessee.

Wishing ALL A Great Week~~~Wet Snow

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#32138 - 06/11/2006 17:12 Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather
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Registered: 17/06/2002
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Loc: Mena, Polk County, Arkansas; e...
Hello Folks:
WoW!!! What a deluge!!!
A Pacific cold front is advancing towards my area and it rained for most of the day Sunday (now 12:05 AM CST Monday).
The rain began between 10-11 AM and I just emptied the rainguage at 12:01 AM, and I copped 3.70"/93.9mm---with more on the way. There have been a few thunder rumbles with the temperature near the 50F/10C-mark. This is my biggest one-day raintotal since March 19th.
My area continues to be under a Flash Flood Watch through Monday afternoon.

I sure wish I could send some of this rain to the drought/fire-stricken areas of Australia.

Kind Wishes~~~Wet Snow

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#32139 - 06/11/2006 17:22 Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather
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Registered: 19/09/2004
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Loc: Dalby, QLD
i seen that on the intellicast previous 24 hour loop! looked fab for you dave! well done good soaking i bet!

laugh laugh laugh laugh

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#32140 - 06/11/2006 17:55 Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather
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Loc: medowie near williamtown-octob...
man you score some awesome rain there Wet Snow.
what is is your yearly total so far this year??

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#32141 - 06/11/2006 18:12 Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather
Wet Snow Offline
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Registered: 17/06/2002
Posts: 6098
Loc: Mena, Polk County, Arkansas; e...
Hello Boardrider:
Yes, those Pacific fronts can be good rain producers, especially in this case--as the southerly-tracking low is moving right over my area. I can only imagine how much SNOW it would've been if the temperature were around 20degrees F. colder!!!

As of the 5th October, I've recorded 53.50"/1,358.9mm rain so far this year. I only need another inch/25.4mm to reach the yearly normal!!! Not bad, considering I don't have any marine-enhanced rain patterns here.

Surprised really to have copped this much rain as this year has had a number of long dry periods (inc. a 21-straight-day dryspell). The rain seems to come in big batches (followed by long dry periods).

Kind Regards~~~Wet Snow
P.S. Looking over my weather stats and I've recorded 8 separate dry spells this year of 10+ straight days.

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#32142 - 06/11/2006 20:32 Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather
Johno Offline
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Registered: 19/09/2004
Posts: 816
Loc: Dalby, QLD
Well never complain about that dave! we go weeks without rain! and 1300mm so far inland is great! nice to know that it can happen in the world! hehe!

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#32143 - 06/11/2006 21:07 Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather
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Registered: 13/11/2001
Posts: 5241
Loc: Norman, Oklahoma, Usa
My home town have had a few 30+ days with out rain and when it does only 0.5mm before another 20+ day dry spell so a 10 day break between rain is great

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#32144 - 07/11/2006 16:27 Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather
Wet Snow Offline
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Registered: 17/06/2002
Posts: 6098
Loc: Mena, Polk County, Arkansas; e...
Hello Johno & Twisters:

Well, I understand that long dry-spells are the norm for large areas of Aus-land, but where I live--Mena--is in one of the wettest areas in the state of Arkansas; and we don't usually go for too long without some kind of precipitation.

The longest consecutive-day dryspells in recent years here:
2005: 32 days (YUK!!!--from Sept. 28-Oct. 30)
2004: 24 days
2003: 22 days
2002: 19 days
2001: 25 days
2000: 23 days

It's been close, but (I'm pretty sure) I've yet to experience a totally dry Calendar month here.
I know of a couple years where almost 80"/2,032mm rain has fallen in a year here.

My stormtotal of the rain (0.60"/15.2mm fell early today--Monday) was a whopping 4.30"/109.2mm.
It was great to hear the thunder as it may be the last time I'll hear thunder until next Spring.

Cheers~~~Wet Snow

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#32145 - 13/11/2006 08:08 Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather
Wet Snow Offline
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Registered: 17/06/2002
Posts: 6098
Loc: Mena, Polk County, Arkansas; e...
November Greetin's Folks:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE.....HIGH........LOW.........RAIN
Nov...5..56F/13.3C...46F/7.7C...3.70"/93.9mm
......6..60F/15.5C...48F/8.8C...0.60"/15.2mm
......7..68F/20C.....46F/7.7C....---
......8..79F/26.1C...42F/5.5C....---
......9..70F/21.1C...55F/12.7C...---
.....10..*79F/26.1C..46F/7.7C....---
.....11..55F/12.7C...32F/0.0C....---

*=This is a Record High Daily Maximum (broke old rec. max. for Nov. 10 of 78F/25.5C in 1963).
This week was the opposite of last week--a cool beginning and warmer ending. Rain was from a slow-moving Pacific cold front (vortex of the southerly-tracking low pressure passed just north of my area) passage early on the 6th. A dry Canadian cold front (marked by a few clouds and wind-shift from gusty SW to gusty NNW) passed through in late afternoon on the 10th. Overall Low-abt. 11:48 PM-listed for the 7th; Overall Low-abt. 10:54 PM-listed for the 10th; Overall Low-abt. 11:43 PM-listed for the 11th.
The rain came as a steady moderate soaker, so there was no flooding in my area. The warmth felt great and I enjoyed it as I know that the really warm days are numbered. I also enjoyed the thunder with the rain as it's likely I may not hear thunder again until next Spring.
Upcoming forecast calls for moderating temperatures. Quite a few local trees have lost some/most of their leaves due to the recent windyness; the leaves that do remain are Spectacularly-colored.
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Sportswise: Saturday night (ESPN2 National telecast) the Arkansas Razorbacks--ranked #11 nationally--hosted the U Tennessee Volunteers--ranked #16 nationally. The Senior Night crowd at Reynolds Razorback Stadium was a record 76,728. UA was a 5-point favorite but quickly established dominance. UA's offense moved the ball well (including several long runs by McFadden on direct snaps) and UA's defense gave the UT offense fits all game. UA took a big 28-7 lead at halftime. UT scored a late TD (0:30 left) to make the margin a bit closer on an important UA 31-14 victory. UA is now 9-1 overall and more importantly 6-0 in SEC (West) play. With 2 games left in the regular season, things are looking great for the Hogs; especially with a likely bid to a major post-season Bowl game.
Razorbacks began regular-season play in Basketball on Friday night, trouncing Southeast Missouri State by a 92-52 score. UA Freshman Patrick Beverley scored 29 points--setting a UA record for most points scored by a Freshman playing in his first game for UA.

Wishing ALL A Great Week~~~Wet Snow

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#32146 - 15/11/2006 17:22 Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather
Wet Snow Offline
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Registered: 17/06/2002
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Loc: Mena, Polk County, Arkansas; e...
Hello Folks: 12:16 AM CST Wed.

WoW!!! What a downpour. I've just copped some of the heaviest rain in a long time---2.40"/60.9mm in just over an hour. T-storms crossed a Warm Front boundary (ahead of approaching Pacific cold front) and became severe. A Tornado Warning just recently expired for my area of Polk County as Doppler Radar indicated a rotating T-stormcell just West of Mena (moving NE). My area remains in a Tornado Watch until 6AM.

Thankfully, all I copped was some VERY Heavy rain, a brief period of pea-sized hail and some fairly close lightning.
The temperature is now 55F/12.7C. Temperatures (with gusty WNW winds) will fall most all day Wednesday--from the mid-50sF/~12C to the upper-30sF/~2C by Thursday morning.
That raintotal assures that we'll end 2006 with above-normal rainfall.

"WHEW" we really dodged one this time!!!
Cheers~~~Wet Snow

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#32147 - 20/11/2006 07:58 Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather
Wet Snow Offline
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Registered: 17/06/2002
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Loc: Mena, Polk County, Arkansas; e...
Hello Again Wonderful Friends:
Heres previous weeks weather in Mena, Arkansas:

DATE......HIGH.......LOW.........RAIN
Nov..12...59F/15C....28F/-2.2C...---
.....13...64F/17.7C..40F/4.4C....0.10"/2.5mm
.....14...67F/19.4C..53F/11.6C...2.40"/60.9mm
.....15...55F/12.7C..39F/3.8C....1.35"/34.2mm
.....16...54F/12.2C..32F/0.0C....---
.....17...64F/17.7C..31F/-0.5C...---
.....18...57F/13.8C..37F/2.7C....---

Another very variable week condition-wise with good dumps of rain. Rain on 13th from a weak upper-level disturbance. Rain on 14th-15th from slow-moving Pacific cold front (center of southerly-tracking low-pressure passed to north of here). The rain on the 14th came (with pea-sized hail) in the space of a little over an hour! My area of Polk County was under a Tornado Warning for a time as Doppler radar indicated a rotating storm-cell just West of Mena (moving NE). Thankfully nothing came of this. Fairly blustery WNW winds after frontal passage most all day on the 15th. It was good to hear thunder with the good rains, quite a few close lightning flashes. Overal High-12:01 AM and Overall Low-abt. 10:48 PM-listed for the 15th; Overall Low-abt. 10:41 PM-listed for the 16th. Just another "Springlike" severe weather episode. Tornadic storms were well to the E/NE of here. Twister killed 9 in Riegelwood, North Carolina.
Upcoming forecast calls for mostly dry conditions with warming temperatures--highs in the 60sF/15+C, lows near 40F/~3+C.
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Sportswise: Saturday afternoon, the UA Razorbacks traveled to Starkville, Mississippi to tangle with the Bulldogs of Mississippi State U. Even though #5-ranked UA was a 15-point favorite, the Hogs always have trouble playing at MSU. UA scored first--on defense. MSU was deep in UA territory when the Hogs' Chris Houston intercepted a pass and returned it 88-yards for a Touchdown. A bit later, MSU tied the game (at 7-7) on a 65-yard TD run by Dixon, with 1:11 left 1st Qtr. On the ensuing kickoff, UA's McFadden took the kickoff and weaved through tacklers for a spectacular TD on a 93-yard kickoff return (which put UA back up 14-7 with 0:54 left 1st Qtr.) UA played the rest of the game adequately on both offense and defense to secure a 28-14 hard-fought victory. UA is now 10-1 overall after their 10th consecutive victory. The Hogs end the regular-season with a TV game this coming Friday (day after Thanksgiving) against the dangerous Tigers of LSU (in Little Rock). The Hogs will then play Florida in the SEC Championship game (Florida is champion of the SEC East Division, UA is champion of SEC West Division). After that, the Hogs will wait for a bid to a major post-season Bowl game. What a year!!! Keep it goin'!!!
GO HOGS GO!!!
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Wishing All A Great Week.
Thursday is the Thanksgiving holiday in the US. I just want to say I'm Thankful for Much, especially my Wonderful W'Zone Friends.
Cheers~~~Wet Snow

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#32148 - 23/11/2006 13:03 Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather
Wet Snow Offline
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Registered: 17/06/2002
Posts: 6098
Loc: Mena, Polk County, Arkansas; e...
Hello Folks:

Just saw on the weather that Seattle, Washington has had their wettest-ever November and are just 2"/50mm short of their wettest-ever month!!!

Saw on Fox News, footage of the horrible bushfires/wildfires in SE Australia. Heres hoping (& praying) that this situation is remedied quickly. Yes, Firefighters are true Heroes. Hope Everyone in the stricken-areas is safe.

Kind Wishes~~~Wet Snow

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#32149 - 24/11/2006 00:34 Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather
Johno Offline
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Registered: 19/09/2004
Posts: 816
Loc: Dalby, QLD
Hey dave cooling off a bit over there!

Have you ever seen lightning in a snow storm? ive been told its rare but a very unusual experiance!

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#32150 - 24/11/2006 03:18 Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather
UK Steve Offline
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Registered: 05/05/2006
Posts: 2470
Loc: Birmingham, England
Hello Wet Snow, and happy Thanksgiving laugh

I read some reports that some parts of Florida had some snow earlier this week, was there much coverage of this in the US.

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#32151 - 24/11/2006 04:12 Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather
Wet Snow Offline
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Registered: 17/06/2002
Posts: 6098
Loc: Mena, Polk County, Arkansas; e...
Hello Johno & UK Steve:

Thanks for the Thanksgiving wishes. (11:08 AM CST Thur.)
Yes, I heard reports (on Fox News) of the brief snowfalls in central Florida but failed to see the footage.

Johno: No, I've never experienced "thundersnow" here, but think it'd be neat. I hear that whenever thundersnow happens, the snow falls at a very high rate. I've heard of instances of thundersnow in ski resort areas (Colorado) and in the Great Lakes Snowbelt areas (upstate New York, etc.)

Not long now until a good Turkey dinner.
Kind Wishes~~~Wet Snow

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#32152 - 24/11/2006 15:39 Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather
Wet Snow Offline
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Registered: 17/06/2002
Posts: 6098
Loc: Mena, Polk County, Arkansas; e...
Greetin's Friends:

The article about the Central Florida snowfall (first November snow in Florida since 1912) is here:
http://www.usatoday.com/weather/news/2006-11-21-florida-cold_x.htm?POE=WEAISVA

Kind Regards~~~Wet Snow
P.S. Several Florida locations broke Daily Record Lows on the 23rd, including: 37F/2.7C (tied record) at Vero Beach, 48F/8.8C at Miami Beach and a cool 55F/12.7C at Key West, Florida.

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#32153 - 24/11/2006 15:52 Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather
Johno Offline
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Registered: 19/09/2004
Posts: 816
Loc: Dalby, QLD
hmmm whats going on aren't we ment to be seeing less off these cold snaps? interesting........be nice if you get a thundersnow this winter dave! fingers crossed!

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#32154 - 25/11/2006 15:31 Re: Mena, Arkansas Weather
Wet Snow Offline
Meteorological Motor Mouth

Registered: 17/06/2002
Posts: 6098
Loc: Mena, Polk County, Arkansas; e...
Hello Folks:

Well, it looks like a MASSIVE cool-down is starting to invade the US and will reach my area on Wednesday night. High temperatures in northern Montana--which were in the 60sF/15+C just a few days ago--may fail to reach 0F/-17C over the next few days!!! I knew it was only a matter of time that the frigid air mass would slide southward as temperatures in Alaska have been well below 0F/-10C.
To see my areas' forecast temperatures (in F. & C.) over the next few days, Please see:
http://www.intellicast.com/IcastPage/LoadPage.aspx?loc=kmwt&seg=LocalWeather&pro

If above link doesn't work, you might try this:
http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/USAR0376?from=36hr_fcst10DayLink_undeclare

I'm going to enjoy the warmth while it lasts.
Kind Wishes~~~Wet Snow

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