Diagnosis of Synoptic Patterns for Snow Events in Northern Alabama
Coyne, Michael ; Ramos, Ismari

Significant snowfall events are somewhat rare across Northern Alabama. Since 1895, there have only been 49 winter events that resulted in a daily snowfall accumulation of 2 inches or greater in Huntsville. This study will explore these specific events in greater detail to determine if certain synoptic patterns are favorable from a heavy snowfall perspective. Special emphasis will be given to Gulf Low events which account for the majority of the snow events. In addition, these synoptic scale patterns will be examined against the fairly active winter season of 2009-2010 to provide insight into any other factors that may significantly contribute to the relative lack of snow events in the North Alabama region.