Winter, 2006-07

Observations of Major Winter Storms and Interesting Weather Phenomena

Cold air funnel associated with snow showers, NM, February 28, 2007 - While skiing at Sipapu, NM, I saw my first funnel associated with snow - a rare phenomenon indeed. Report here, along with a few photos taken later of sunlit snowshowers moving out of the Jemez Mountains.

Lenticular clouds in Missouri, January 29, 2007 - A phenomenon usually seen in mountainous regions appears over eastern Missouri. Report and photos here

Observations from NM to MO of the mid-January, 2007 storm that impacted much of the nation from coast to coast:

1. Convective Snow Showers in Northern New Mexico - Photos and discussion here of convective snowshowers, Santa Fe, NM, January 12, 2007, illustrating the similar appearance of these snowshowers to summer thunderstorms. These snowshowers occurred during the early stages of a storm system that produced well over a foot of snow in the northern New Mexico mountains, and later produced a devastating ice storm from Texas and Oklahoma to New England.

2. New Mexico Snow Ghosts and Mesalands Rime - The incredible beauty that occurs when freezing fog and falling snow occur simultaneously. And it happened in this storm in both the mountains and the mesalands/desert to their east.

3. Ice Storm along I-44 in Missouri Photos and discussion here of the major ice storm that impacted central and southwest Missouri, as well as parts of Oklahoma and other states.

RECORD NEW MEXICO SNOWSTORM - December 28-30, 2006. Report and photos here.

Post-Thanksgiving, 2006 Snow and Ice Storm - Pictures can be seen here, featuring the winter storm that produced up to 3 feet of snow in the Rockies and the impacts of the same storm a few days later when it produced a devastating ice storm in the St. Louis area.

This page last updated August 20, 2008 - corrected link for Thanksgiving ice storm report.