“Two Seasons in 12 Hours” in Virginia Produced by Strong Cold Front on March 12-13, 2014

A strong cold front passed through Virginia beginning in the afternoon of March 12, 2014, and continuing into the early hours of March 13.  The weather system produced high winds and dropped spring-like high temperatures in the 60s on March 12 to highs in the 30s and 40s on March 13.  For an interesting description of that weather event, including the “two seasons” phrase quoted in this post’s title, please click the following for a 34-second recording of comments in the morning of March 14 from NOAA Weather Radio, in a broadcast from Blacksburg Forecast Office.

The high winds from the front’s passage resulted in number of downed-tree reports, according to the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center maps of preliminary storm reports for March 12, available online at  http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/reports/140312_rpts.html.

The weather system also produced some dramatic sky views and sky changes.  Three examples are shown in the photos below.

Shenandoah River Guest Park Cullers Overlook Cold Front Clouds Mar 12 2014 5 pm

View of clouds passing over the Shenandoah River at Cullers Overlook in Andy Guest Shenandoah River State Park in Warren County, about 5 p.m. on March 12, 2014.

Blue Ridge clouds view from RT 340 at St Paul Lutheran Church N of Shenandoah 526 pm March 12 2014

View of clouds over the Blue Ridge, about 5:25 p.m., March 12, 2014. The view is from U.S. Rt. 340 a few miles north of Shenandoah in Page County, Va., looking across the Page Valley, part of the watershed of the South Fork Shenandoah River.

Blue Ridge view across Page Valley at Saint Paul Lutheran north of Shenandoah Rt 340 528 pm Mar 12 2014

Same view as photo above, taken about two minutes later, as sunshine and a rainbow replaced some of the clouds over the Blue Ridge.

The Virginia Water Resources Research Center thanks the agencies mentioned for the information products and services they provide.

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