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Stalled Cold Front Spotted from Space

The front brought snow to the southeast; will be followed by frigid weather
Jan. 18, 2013

The GOES satellite captured the stalled cold front causing wintry weather in the Eastern United States. (NOAA)

A cold front sweeping across the United States stalled out over the East Coast on Thursday, causing flash floods in the Southeast and bringing heavy snows to the North.

The GOES satellite snapped the stagnant system yesterday as it draped across the eastern states.

The mass of cold air is dropping snow across the southern Appalachians and into parts of Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Accuweather.com reported. Flash floods are hitting parts of eastern Tennessee and the Carolinas.

The heavy rains and snow result from the brutal trough interacting with a ridge of high pressure centered over Bermuda, climatologist Jeff Weber told OurAmazingPlanet in an email interview.

The stalled front finally will be pushed farther east by a new blast of Arctic air expected early next week, said Weber, a scientist with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, in Boulder, Colo. This could bring freezing temperatures to areas as far south as northern Georgia by Jan. 22.

The system sitting over the East Coast was produced by an extreme southward dip in the jet stream, which allowed cold air to travel south into California earlier this week. After setting a record daily low in Los Angeles on Jan. 14, the air mass marched across the country, settling in for a predicted week of havoc in the East.

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"The mass of cold air is dropping snow across the southern Appalachians and into parts of Washington, D.C., and Baltimore." Not very accurate reporting. I can't say about Baltimore, but I live within 5 miles of downtown D. C. in the Va. 'burbs and the news reports that the snow is to the south of Fredericksburg, Va., about 50 miles away. Furthermore, since D. C. is only about 10 miles across, that would have to be a very localized storm to impact "parts."

January 18 2013 at 4:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

And still can't predict the weather.

January 18 2013 at 4:10 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Looks like another round of back and forth bickering is about to begin among those who understand climate and weather differences, and the relationship between them on a daily and long term scale.

January 18 2013 at 3:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh my, satellites are so sophisticated that they can now draw state boundaries in photos. WOW! (sarcasm)
And very useful too, you can see a cloud bank that is over your head without looking up. WOW! (sarcasm)

January 18 2013 at 3:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

NASA says NO GLOBAL WARMING for past 12 years... go smoke that Al.

January 18 2013 at 1:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to James's comment

Don't know what you are smoking James, but a look at NASA data for just one example, does not support your statement here. A quote from that NASA URL: "January 2000 to December 2009 was the warmest decade on record."

January 18 2013 at 1:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If a child resulting from rape is God's will, then I guess the freeze being delivered to the Red States is God's will too. Sunny and in the 60's today inCalifornia.
Nice looking dog.

January 18 2013 at 3:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Cold fronts? Frigid weather? Must be that "global warming" thing.

January 18 2013 at 11:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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