Storm Highway by Dan Robinson
Weather, photography and the open roadClick for an important message
Home | Blog Index | Blog Archives | Christianity & Faith Essays

                   Monday, December 22, 2008 - 5:35PM

Shallow upslope snow bands, coldest air so far

By DAN ROBINSON
Editor/Photographer
25 Years of Storm Observing
Important Message
Dan's RSS/XML feed
Dan's YouTube Video Channel

This morning was another example of why with winter weather, many times I can't trust anything but what my own two eyes see outside. I figured I was in the clear for today - all models, forecast discussions, outlooks, you name it - showed nothing but clearing skies for us overnight into this morning. However, a few very shallow and narrow upslope snow bands formed over Charleston, and with the very cold air in place, quickly coated the roads at daybreak. Thanks to the extremely dry air (our dewpoints were below zero), the snow was a light 'sawdust' consistency that didn't bond to the road surface. Wakes from moving vehicles were all it took to keep all of the high-traffic roads, including the interstates, clear. Some side streets had a good experienceing, but thankfully the consistency of the snow and lack of bonding didn't result in any slickness that I could find. With temps at 8°F, I was very glad I didn't have to set my camera up and stand outside.

Temperature at dawn:

The light snow coating blew away quickly with each passing car:

The snow bands were some of the shallowest and thinnest precip-producing clouds I've seen. Here is a shot of a departing band, nearly translucent to the morning light. Snow was falling at the time of this image with clear skies overhead.


click to enlarge

25 Years of Storm Observing
Important Message
Dan's RSS/XML feed
Dan's YouTube Video Channel

This web site is made possible by support from CIS Internet.
CIS Results-Oriented Internet Marketing

GO: Home | Storm Expeditions | Photography | Extreme Weather Library | Stock Footage | Blog

Featured Weather Library Article:

Lightning Video Ghosting
That strike you got on video was probably not as close as it looks.
More Library Articles

All content © Dan Robinson. All usage requires a paid license - please contact Dan for inquiries.

Web Site Design and Internet Marketing by CIS Internet