Sunday, August 7, 2011

I've Moved

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

We Need Rain

I glad we got 1.87 inches of rain back on Tuesday, but we need more. I guess it could be worse. Texas has about withered away. This article from the weather channel shows just how bad it is in Texas and other Southern states.

Another problem has been the heat with repeated highs in the upper 90s to near 100. Once again it could be worse - like Death Valley.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Crazy Weather

What's the deal! Record heat in the South in recent days....and snow in Hawaii. More than 30 cities tied or broke high temperature records Saturday, including Little Rock with 99. Some stations in eastern and southern Arkansas reached the century mark. No rain in the past several days. Mike's Weather World got more than 15 inches of rain in the month of May. We should have saved some of that for now. And to top it all off the summits of the Big Island picked up 8 inches of snow and sleet earlier this morning. That a late morning photo above. You can get several web cams atop Mauna Kea at this link.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Rain Rain...Go Away

Just a quick update. At Mike's Weather World in Chenal Valley in the past 48 hours we have received 10.25 inches of rain. I've never seen this much rain in one storm. I believe it tops the tropical storms a few years ago. And, to add misery -- It's only 46 degrees outside. I think our high today was under 50.

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Turn Around...Don't Drown

This shows to power of flood waters. This was at the entrance to Claire's apartment building. Below is the Arkansas River at County Farm Road. As of mid morning Chenal Valley had recorded 6.45 inches of rain. More has been reported in some of the metro area. Much more rain is expected. One person drown early this morning in Falukner and dozens of Vilonia residents had to be evacuated. This follows the almost total distruction of their community by a tornado earlier in the week. In the past week there have been at least 14 storm related deaths in Arkansas. We've had it easy compared to Alabama.

Below is the baseball field at Arkansas Baptist High School in the Ranch neighborhood. This is close to Claire's apartment.

You don't see this often outside of the Everglades. This air boat was used for water rescues.

We had record heat last Summer, record cold and snow this past Winter and now tornadoes and flooding this Spring. What's Next?

Friday, April 15, 2011

Bad Night in LR

Tornadoes and Severe Thunderstorms left 7 people dead in Arkansas overnight. Here's a link to KARK's coverage. Here's a link to KTHV. Luckily the storms were north and southeast of Mike's Weather World. Make sure you always have batteries in your weather radio. Remember you can follow Mike's Weather World on Twitter @mcmckinney

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Strange Weather

OK...Mike's Weather World is now on Twitter. My Twitter address is "mcmckinney". That's how I can make brief weather commentary on a moment's notice from anywhere. Most of the Tweets will be weather related including some retweets. If you have twitter please consider following me. It you don't have Twitter - get it.

Yesterday was a very unusual day as far as state wide temperatures were concerned. A warm from stretched across the Southwestern part of the state separating a big layer of late-season cold air to the Northeast. Afternoon highs ranged from only 40 in Harrison and Rogers to 88 at El Dorado and Texarkana. That's nearly a 50 degree difference from north to south.

It's looks like today will be another cloudy, cold and damp day. I awoke to 37 degrees this morning. Spring can't be that far away....the trees are starting to come out and the first signs of of the dreaded yellow fallout were visible Friday.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Supermoon 2011

I did a little experimental photography last night trying to get a few good shots of the "Super Moon". I did come up with a couple of interesting photos.

Oh well. The one shining thru the branches might make a good Halloween picture.

There have been a lot of developments around the world in the past couple of weeks...Earthquake....Tsunami....Nuclear Emergency....Cruise Missile Attack. You have to admit that there have been some phenomenal videos from Japan. I'm also amazed at the level of concern by some people on the west coast who are so worried about a radioactive cloud drifting over them. Don't you think we were all exposed to more radiation back during the cold war?

Mike's Weather World may try something new soon......I'm thinking of starting updates on my Twitter account. I'll let you know when that starts and if you don't Twitter now, you will have to start. I've been on Twitter for almost a year now, but I have never sent a Tweet. I just monitor a couple of weather sites. More on that later. Have a good week.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

A lot has happened since my last update

For some reason I can't seem to get pictures to upload. I'll try this post again later.

Monday, March 7, 2011

New Volcanic Activity

Cool weather this past weekend...not much excitement. Not the case in Hawaii. Take a look at the HVO Page.

Meanwhile earthquakes continue to rumble about 40 miles north of here.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Sunday, February 20, 2011

President's Day

Would you trust any one of these three with your country? .... That's what I thought.

Winter ended as abruptly as it began. Thursday the 10th saw lows of 9 here at Mike's Weather World with -18 reported in Fayetteville and -21 at XNA airport where they had nearly 2 feet of snow. Then the pattern changed and within a week some places in NE Oklahoma had a 100-degree turnaround. Like the signs on I-70 approaching Denver say: "Don't be fooled". Winter is not over. In fact look for a move to more seasonable weather this week. Temps will fall some on President's Day and we will probably hit the freezing mark Tuesday morning.

On another bout them quakes. Greenbrier, north of Conway, has experienced dozens of earthquakes in the past week or so. Several have registered at 3.0+ and one even hit 4.1. Some say it's a result of the natural gas drilling in the region, but I disagree. There was a swarm of small quakes near that area back in 1982 near the town of Enola. And if you are an earthquake junkie you can go the USGS site and register to receive emails and or text alerts when quakes hit a certain area. Filters allow you to choose the magnitude and area the alerts. Mine is set to text me for any quake in Arkansas with a magnitude of 3.0 or higher. Most of these quakes are less than 3.0.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Mike's Weather World has just 6 inches of snow with maybe another inch or tow to fall. Northwest Arkansas has taken the brunt of this storm. The header pic if out my back door. The pictures below are from John who lives on the west side of Fayetteville. He got about 18 inches of snow. Some towns in Washington and Benton counties topped the two foot mark. We may get a new record for snowfall from one storm which was 25 inches in Corning a long time ago. I'll kwwp you updated.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

One more week of Winter

I got a picture of this guy on our neighbor's roof. Evidence shows he's been here before. Most of the time this Blue Heron walks around in the lake behind our house in search of food.
Let's talk weather for a moment. Friday's 2 inch show is melting away this afternoon...but more could come overnight. The big event is still set for Tuesday night and Wednesday. We will wait and see.
Indications are the Arctic Oscillation Index if moving back into an area that should mean more normal weather by next week.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Groundhog apparently on Drugs

Phil may have called for an early springs, but you couldn't tell it from what's happening around the country right now. This is an unbelievable Arctic outbreak. Snow and ice in northern Mexico with temps in the single digits. El Paso TX with lows near zero. Warmer this morning in Fairbanks AK than Oklahoma City. Lucky the Super Bowl will be inside Jerry World. Also this is the only time I can remember a Winter Storm Warning stretching along the entire gulf coast of Texas. Freezing rain on South Padre Island and schools canceled in far south Texas. Houston may see a couple of inches of sleet and snow.

Mike's weather world has been below freezing for several days now with a high today of only 24. There is a chance of snow late tonight and tomorrow. Maybe a light accumulation here, but Kelly may see a couple of inches. She will let us know. We may see a little more Sunday,and a bigger storm may come in the middle of next week. One thing is for certain - there will be another blast of arctic air next week.

Now here's the good news. If this is global warming, then I love it and we need to globally warm some more. Here is an interesting link from Joe Bastardi at Accuweather about more cold winters to come. This is a must read.

Now, to finish for today here is an interesting phenomena caused by extended cold weather. It's been below freezing so long that moisture in the ground has frozen and pushed up out of the ground. Very inpressive....

Keep Mike's Weather World up to date on your winter weather.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Early Spring???? I don't think so

Wow...what a weekend. Friday and Saturday were unbelievable. It was the warmest two days in a row since November. Little Rock almost set a record with a high of 77 on Saturday...and 75 was a record high at the NWS office in North Little Rock. Hope you enjoyed it, because a BIG change is coming again this week. One thing is for certain -- extremely cold weather the last half of the week. The first half will see rain, maybe thunderstorms, and possible some winter precipitation. Northwest Arkansas is already under a winter storm watch. We'll see how it plays out.
Kelly passed along this link she received that I think is outstanding. It's nice to have a map where you can load the current temperatures across the country. Check it out:
Oh, one more thing -- Screw You Comcast -- more problems with cable. This time I get HD channels on one TV, but nothing on regular digital on all the other tv's. If only Uverse would come to my neighborhood!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

More Snow

Looking out my office window about noon today.....big, fluffy flakes falling. The Jan 10th storm dropped 4.5 inches of snow on Mike's Weather World. This storm was forecast to bring us about an inch or two. I'm calling it one inch in west Little Rock. Streets are fine as the temperature stayed around freezing while most of the snow was falling. North Arkansas was a little colder and ended up with a good 4 inches. Cold weather is pouring into the state with teens expected in Little Rock in the morning and single digits in the northwest. Claire and I have another thing in can and has snowed on our birthdays. Claire, if you have trouble seeing this blog photo, just load it up on your TV screen...Ha. More snow and rain is possible Sunday night.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

6:30 Update

A little blurry but the Wease is smalling for the right spot in 2 inches of snow. Here are some other totals as of 5:30:

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Winter Storm of 2011

Here's the first photo...this is Pam in Plano. Looks like she will get something afterall. Apparently Kelly is getting some freezing rain at last hour....but several inches of snow seem likely. I feel we are onn the north edge of the sorm, but should still get at least a couple of inches. Email me your pics and text me with updates.

Thursday, January 6, 2011


I know it's early......and a lot can change......but at this time it appears we may see some wintery weather and snow Sunday and Monday. I'll keep you up to date on what happens.