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                   Friday, March 6, 2015

Annual March 1 post; Stormtrack relaunch; STL winter events

By DAN ROBINSON
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It's that time of year again! I'm a little late this time in making my annual meteorological spring blog post, but I've been very busy with many different projects and just haven't had the time to do it earlier. After a particularly brutal winter mainly along and east of the Mississippi River, the light is finally at the end of the tunnel. Today, we begin a warmup that *should* be a permanent end to this relentless barrage of Arctic air intrustions and frequent snow/ice events. Although models don't show any severe weather setups (or even decent thunderstorms) on the horizon, at the very least we are finally seeing daily temps at or above the low 50s (F) for as far out as long range models can reasonably be trusted. Short bursts of winter storms can still happen of course into early or even mid-April, but any of those should be brief one-day-or-less things in an overall increasingly warmer spring pattern.

Stormtrack

The new Stormtrack web site and forum was relaunched last month! The site is already seeing a surge in new and former members returning to this old stalwart of storm chasing. Many new and old features have been brought in and/or revitalized, including a completely new forum back-end, chat room, social media integration, an improved Who's Who in Storm Chasing directory, the new Storm Chasing Event Archive, and more! One of the biggest and most significant features of the new site is the full and entire catalog of Stormtrack magazine back issues all the way to 1977, available for free viewing!

If you are a former member of the site, please consider coming back and helping to re-establish what has been the only real central place storm chasing has ever known. The owner and admins of the new site have been working hard and spending significant time and money to make all of this possible, all for what is hoped to be for the good of storm chasing (the site is a non-profit effort).

Video recap of St. Louis winter events

St. Louis has experienced an above-average number of winter storms this season, many of them since the first of the year. I was of course out covering all of them. Here are a few video highlights from those:

Five MODOT plows including the "towplow" clear I-64 at Creve Coeur (west of downtown) during the February 28 storm:

Car crash caught on tape at the Loughborough exit of I-55 at Carondelet (south of downtown) during a light dusting of snow on March 4:

An intense snow squall in New Baden on February 18, the strongest I've ever personally witnessed:

And finally, a couple of my own slides/fishtails as viewed from my front dashcam during the February 28/March 1 event:

That's all I have for now. Hopefully we'll have some storms to talk about in the next couple of weeks. Until then, stay tuned!

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