IEM Daily Feature
Monday, 04 March 2013

Snow and winds

Posted: 04 Mar 2013 05:40 AM

Our next winter storm system arrived overnight and has dumped a few inches of snow along with gusty east-southeast winds. Is it common to have snow being reported along with winds from the ESE? The featured chart presents a wind rose that summarizes observations from the Des Moines Airport when falling snow is also reported. The preferred direction is clearly NW. The least frequent direction is southwest, which is a wind direction that typically brings us warm weather and also implies a storm system center that is to our west and north due to how air flows around low pressure systems.

Good = 51
Bad = 5

Tags:   windrose   snow