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Hand warmers, snow photos and severe storms next week
I'm not getting paid to say this, but if you're the type of observer who does any photography or video during the winter to combat 'SDS' (storm deprivation syndrome) during the severe weather off-season - I have to give a recommendation for these little heat packs. They sell in packages of 6 at Wal-Mart (in the outdoor/sporting goods section) for under $2. All you do is take them out of their sealed bags and they start heating up when exposed to air. You can put them in your shoes and in your gloves, and they will stay very warm - almost hot to touch - for 10 hours or more. These things have made this winter a LOT easier for me. Last year, many times I'd have to stop shooting periodically to warm up my hands and feet in the car. With these heat packs I haven't had to do that once this year.
Active severe weather pattern next week
As Steve mentioned below, meteorological spring will be starting out with a bang as next week looks like another active severe weather pattern for the South - with some potential for the action to extend into Kentucky and North Carolina. The player is this strong low pressure system forecast to develop by early in the week. If the track of this low shifts northward and/or slows down (allowing for better moisture return), we could be in for some interesting storm prospects. At any rate, it looks like another series of potential tornado outbreaks for the southern and Gulf Coast states.
A couple snow photos from this morning
The sun peeks through under a heavy upslope snow shower at the State Capitol:
Close-up of snowflakes on the railing at the house: