Early Spring Storm System

Just days after the spring equinox, a mid-latitude cyclone developed over the Central US, creating winter and severe weather conditions for many states.

On the back and northern regions of this system, winter storms stretched from the Rockies to the Great Lakes and everywhere in-between. Blowing and drifting snow hindered travel conditions while parts of the Great Plains and Midwest experienced blizzards.

Thunderstorms initiated along the leading edge of the cold front in the south central and the southeastern US over the course of multiple days. A continuous severe weather threat during that time period saw several tornadoes spin-up in a few states.

Gusty upper-level and surface winds within the mid-latitude cyclone kicked up dust in West Texas.

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Contributions by: Josh Reiter, Kim Erickson and Dakota Smith

Satellite imagery of this event:

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Lighting Strikes From Thunderstorms Along Cold Front

Description:

Thunderstorms blew up along the tail end of the cold front extending from the mid-latitude cyclone. These storms initiated continuously for over a day above the eastern Gulf of Mexico near Florida, with thousands of lightning strikes occurring within.


Phenomena: Lightning Thunderstorms

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor GLM Group Energy Density

Instrument: ABI GLM

Snow on the Ground of the Plains at Night

Description:

Last night, polar-orbiting satellites captured the reflection of moonlight off of snow on the ground across the central and northern Great Plains from the winter storms.


Phenomena: Winter Weather Snowfall

Satellite: NOAA-20 NOAA-21 S-NPP

Product: Day/Night Band

Instrument: VIIRS

Mid-Latitude Cyclone Over Eastern North America

Description:

A large mid-latitude cyclone dominates the eastern half of North America. This system brings rain and thunderstorms to the US Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, and winter weather to southeastern Canada.


Phenomena: Lightning Mid-latitude Cyclones

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: Airmass (EUMETSAT) GLM Group Energy Density

Instrument: ABI GLM

Mid-Latitude Cyclone Sweeps Into Eastern US

Description:

A classic mid-latitude cyclone takes shape as the system moves into the eastern US. Strong and severe thunderstorms erupted along the frontal boundary in southeastern states.


Phenomena: Lightning Mid-latitude Cyclones

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: Airmass (EUMETSAT) GLM Group Energy Density

Instrument: ABI GLM

Storms Roll Through the South Central US

Description:

Thunderstorms continue to sweep through the south central US, fed by moist air flowing from the Gulf of Mexico.


Phenomena: Lightning Thunderstorms

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: Day Cloud Phase Distinction GLM Group Energy Density

Instrument: ABI GLM

Huge Dust Plume Lofted Over New Mexico and Texas

Description:

A significant dust plume was lofted over Texas and New Mexico after a mid-latitude cyclone sweeps north of the region.


Phenomena: Dust Mid-latitude Cyclones

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor GeoDust

Instrument: ABI

Active Weather for the Central US Continues

Description:

A system continues to bring active weather to much of the central US, from thunderstorms to blizzard conditions.


Phenomena: Mid-latitude Cyclones

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor Infrared (band 13)

Instrument: ABI

Winter and Severe Weather Blow Through the Central US

Description:

Throughout the entire day, a storm system swept through the Central US. Winter weather, including blizzard conditions, blew from the Rockies to the Great Lakes. Thunderstorms fired up across the Great Plains, bringing strong, gusty winds and several tornadoes.


Phenomena: Mid-latitude Cyclones Thunderstorms Tornadoes Wind Winter Weather Blizzard

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor GLM Group Energy Density

Instrument: ABI GLM