Blog Archives: December 2006

Happy 2007!

Posted December 31st, 2006 by Bill Kardas. 35 comments

We've been talking about the possibility of sleet/freezing rain in the forecast for tonight and tomorrow morning for the past few entries, and I just wanted to give everyone and update on what is going on. Continue reading…

The Official 2006 in Review Nomination Entry

Posted December 29th, 2006 by Matt Lanza. 66 comments

Rather than we go through and pick out all of the events of 2006 that we found interesting...why not open up to you. Leave your comments here. What do you think were the most significant weather events of 2006, both locally and nationally? Obviously there are a handful that don't... Continue reading…

New Year's Still Looking Icy...

Posted December 28th, 2006 by Matt Lanza. 66 comments

"All is quiet on New Year's Day." It's a nice U2 lyric, but if today's 12Z GFS verifies, it will be anything but quiet on New Year's Day. Again, the setup looks good. You have a cool Canadian high off to our east. This will keep cold air locked... Continue reading…

Snow Drought '06 Continues...

Posted December 27th, 2006 by Matt Lanza. 53 comments

First of all, thank you everyone for your patience, cooperation and understanding over the last few days. We're working out some issues from a few things, but we can go back to posting again. The discussion in the "Happy Holidays" blog entry was great, and we hope we can continue... Continue reading…

Happy Holidays to all!

Posted December 22nd, 2006 by Amanda Gabeler. 328 comments

We at WKTV hope that all of you have a safe and wonderful holiday. Due to some unforseen circumstances, we will not be adding any new entries for a few days. We will, however, be able to post responses, so if you would like to chit chat,... Continue reading…

Pick Your Poison

Posted December 22nd, 2006 by Bill Kardas. 61 comments

Sleet, freezing rain this morning, then a storm potential after Christmas. Continue reading…

The Muddy Mess That is Next Week

Posted December 21st, 2006 by Matt Lanza. 35 comments

We're not quite as interested in tomorrow night's potential for freezing rain. At this point, it seems brief enough and at the right time that it should not be a major issue. So now that everyone seems all hyped up about next week, we're going to try and settle you... Continue reading…
2003 was barely a White Christmas, 2004 wasn't one for most of us, 2005 featured heavy rain, and it looks like 2006 will fall by the wayside as well. So it's not that rare to have a green Christmas. In fact, lately it's been the rule. But that doesn't mean... Continue reading…

Hope You Enjoyed Today's Wintry Blast

Posted December 19th, 2006 by Matt Lanza. 18 comments

Because most of it will be gone this time tomorrow. Not a good situation for a winter lover right now. As you've seen in comments, we continue to see very few encouraging signs. We'll talk about some of the indices, why it's probably not going to get very cold between... Continue reading…

Introducing CNY to... "Winter"

Posted December 18th, 2006 by Matt Lanza. 19 comments

In case you've forgotten what winter is, what it does and what it looks like, you'll be getting a reminder over the next 24 hours. Sadly, even our forecasted temperatures are above normal for this time of year...even just slightly above normal. But considering we've had five 50 degree days... Continue reading…

Where is the snow?

Posted December 17th, 2006 by Bill Kardas. 30 comments

I sympathize with you snow lovers out there. This season has been rather disappointing. It would be nice to see some white around here for Christmas, even if it is only temporary. All hope isn't lost quite yet. I'll explain why in this article... Continue reading…

Where is the cold air?

Posted December 16th, 2006 by Bill Kardas. 19 comments

Interesting week of weather. The chart I have attached to this blog is the maximum temperatures across the entire US for Thursday. Take a good luck and its pretty obvious what is so unusual. Continue reading…

Looking Into Next Week

Posted December 15th, 2006 by Matt Lanza. 12 comments

We hit 50+ again today. That makes three consecutive 50+ days. While rare, this isn't unprecedented. We did it back in 2001 as well. Everyone keeps asking about snow, snow, snow. Trust us, you will know when we think significant snow is coming. It's our job to now explain to... Continue reading…

Good Chance at a Nice Northern Lights Display

Posted December 14th, 2006 by Matt Lanza. 47 comments

The image is courtesy of Jim Salge, an observer with the Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire. He took this awesome picture this evening from the top of the highest point in the Northeast. Not only are they known for their wild weather, but some of the optical and... Continue reading…

Looking for Fun? Reach for the Sky!

Posted December 13th, 2006 by Matt Lanza. 24 comments

Lots to talk about in the astronomy department tonight. We have two significant events at play. In the photo are the Northern Lights, as photographed by one our producers here at WKTV, Amanda Bertram. We'll get to those in a second. Geminid Meteor Shower It's being dubbed the best meteor shower of... Continue reading…

El Nino...Running the Show

Posted December 12th, 2006 by Matt Lanza. 33 comments

Since a.) there's no chances for anything major over the next 10 days and b.) there is no change in sight for our current weather pattern, I thought it would be beneficial to try and explain what's going on. Last year was a warmer than normal winter, but there was... Continue reading…

Let's Manufacture Some Weather...

Posted December 11th, 2006 by Matt Lanza. 17 comments

...because we're not getting any help from the weather itself. A very quiet week...at least in terms of stories. We will have several systems swinging through in a very fast jet stream flow over the Northeast. But in terms of "the good stuff," it's severely lacking. So that being said,... Continue reading…

Freezing Rain/Sleet 101 & Then Some...

Posted December 10th, 2006 by Bill Kardas. 30 comments

Now that we have potentially the first freezing rain event in the cards for tomorrow, I thought I'd give everyone a little refresher as to what freezing rain is/is not, but more importantly, what meteorologists look for in these types of forecasts. Continue reading…

From Icy Cold Winter to Mildly Boring

Posted December 8th, 2006 by Matt Lanza. 15 comments

Not much excitement in the weather department ahead for this weekend, so let's go through the motions and see if we can't dig out the excitement. Note that as I'm writing this, I have no idea where this is going or where it'll end up...so I'll try and keep it... Continue reading…

The Latest on the Lake Effect...

Posted December 8th, 2006 by Bill Kardas. 23 comments

COLD COLD COLD...and yeah, some light snow still possible... Continue reading…

LES Update

Posted December 7th, 2006 by Matt Lanza. 29 comments

Lake Effect is ongoing right now across much of CNY. The heaviest by far is occurring right through the southern half of Oswego County, where snowfall rates have to be at least 1-2" per hour. The eastern arm of the band is about to whip through Utica, delivering a... Continue reading…

Thursday's Tricky Forecast

Posted December 6th, 2006 by Matt Lanza. 77 comments

Just wanted to update everyone on Thursday's interesting and tricky forecast. Here's what we're confident in: There will be a burst of snow at some point during the morning or early afternoon with the cold front. Temperatures will begin to nose dive during the afternoon. Lake effect snow will develop tomorrow evening, most... Continue reading…

Quick Dose of Mid-winter Coming

Posted December 5th, 2006 by Matt Lanza. 36 comments

Lake Ontario will be taking some time off here as we go into the overnight and tomorrow morning. Southwesterly winds, attempting to pump in milder air will help to send the LES packing...temporarily. 90-100% of Wednesday should be quiet. We're not expecting much of anything really. Skies will remain... Continue reading…

First Prolonged Lake Effect Event Continues...

Posted December 4th, 2006 by Matt Lanza. 33 comments

When all is said and done, this will probably be an almost 1 week event, with few interruptions, running from last Saturday through Friday. First off, click here and check the snow totals I just put online. Please add to/correct them. I tried to combine as much info as... Continue reading…

Lake Effect Continues...

Posted December 4th, 2006 by Matt Lanza. 17 comments

Lake effect snow continues across the area. At this point, the band extends from west of Oswego, back inland to the north side of Syracuse and back southeast into Cazenovia. A second "finger" of a band is extending from about Vienna through Oneida and back into southern Oneida County. The... Continue reading…

Snow!

Posted December 3rd, 2006 by Bill Kardas. 47 comments

Snow showers will give way to lake effect. I'll show you my train of thought, and where I'm leaning in this forecast discussion... Continue reading…

Winter is here to stay...

Posted December 2nd, 2006 by Bill Kardas. 6 comments

Concluding today's events, a peak at what happened at 6200 feet today in New Hampshire, and more goodies in the long range forecast. Continue reading…

Recap of Friday + Look Ahead

Posted December 1st, 2006 by Matt Lanza. 59 comments

What a day today was. I have to say, it was one of the coolest things I've witnessed from a meteorological standpoint. I've seen some squall lines, but none that looked as vicious as this as it came through. The time lapse is in the forecast on our website, so... Continue reading…

Severe Weather Update

Posted December 1st, 2006 by Matt Lanza. 55 comments

Everything is on track here. We will see gusty, damaging winds out of this squall line. 66 mph gusts reported in Johnson City, 45 mph gust at Sodus in Wayne County as well. Wind will be the main issue. Areas that look like they won't see any strong winds on... Continue reading…

Severe weather looking more likely this morning...

Posted December 1st, 2006 by Bill Kardas. 68 comments

Strong storms could roll through the area this afternoon... Continue reading…

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