Monday, February 8, 2010

The Difficulty of Snow Forecasting

Last night I wrote about a band of heavier snow that was over parts of Wichita. Here is the radar image from that time.  The darker blue was the heavier rates of falling snow.

Here is this morning's snow depth map from Wichita:
You can see how the heaviest amounts correspond to the location of that snow band with with lighter amounts both to the north and south. Distance between 6" and 2.6"?  About five miles. This is what makes forecasting snow depths so difficult.

UPDATE:  The NWS's snowfall map illustrates my point more colorfully and for a larger geographic area.

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