Monday, February 26, 2007

"THAT'S ALL FOLKS!"
-Porky Pig from the oldtime Saturday morning cartoons

Put it this way, wasn't it nice that your underperformer of a winter at least ended on a snowy note? While I did promise those of you in the Mid-Atlantic a "Very Fabulous February" ...you could say it did work out that way for students and teachers hoping to get some time off. However, it is time to break the sad climatological and meteorological truth... looking at long range patterns (going out beyond 144 hours from now) indicate there is little in the way of a similar snow event. There is the rare occurrance of a March 13, 1993 or March 20, 1958...but the atmosphere's teleconnective signals do not point toward anything of that magnitude the remainder of this winter. To clarify from a geographical standpoint...south of I-80, I believe significant snow for the season has ended, except for the Laurel Highlands of western and central Pennsylvania. There remains the possibility of an inch here or there, but another event such as this one looks highly unlikely given reduced availability of Arctic air moving forward in time. So as you bask in the glow of have one more day to see snow out your window, here are two photos submitted by readers in the Baltimore Metro area:

The Final Snow of the Season

Courtesy of Julee in the Hereford Zone of northern Baltimore County, Maryland

See You Next Year!

Courtesy of Mr. S from Anne Arundel County, Maryland

Forecasting and analysis of the weather pattern will continue into mid-March, and then the focus of this website shifts to the mundane and non-controversial topics of climate change and pandemic influenza in the ramp up to tropical cyclone season. I can give you a tidbit of that by saying that El Nino is now trending to neutral and we may see La Nina by mid summer, I have a sneaking feeling this will be a bad year for hurricanes and could resemble 2004 or 2005 in terms of frequency and severity of storms. But much research on that awaits me, so if you want more information on that topic, please read over Dr. William Gray's preliminary forecast for the 2007 season.

13 comments:

Frank said...

I had this one bust for me here in cnj. All outlets were calling for at the lowest 3", and at the most 7", and I got a little over an inch followed by rain. All those that got the snow congrats!

Mr.B said...

Bring on spring.

E.H. Boston said...

1.5" in Woburn

Mr. Foot said...

3.75 in Dundalk. Our snowiest day since Feb 11-12, 2006. What a winter that we would get more snow out of several storms than Boston?

EH do we qualify now as Bostamore? Or are you Baltiton?

Mr.B said...

.36" of liquid melting in my rain gauge. S0 I had a good measurement. 3.5" with 10:1 ratio.

E.H. Boston said...

Logan is now at a whopping 6.4" for the season.

My town, Woburn, is now standing at about 14" for the season.

WOW!!!

It looks like winter here though. Snow banks are tall kinda and there is about 6-8" on the ground where I live.

terpguy said...

FYI-

3.7" of snow before packing by ZR.

0.67" liquid.

Mrs. Burke said...

I am fine with no more snow!

Even though it would be wonderful to have a snow day on my birthday (3/15), that means we would have to make up MSAs and I don't really want to have to do that!!

Good Riddance Winter, bring on summer!!

E.H. Boston said...

Hang on there....

Whats this cookin' up for late week. A New England Nail Bitter...

18z NAM has trended much colder from its 12z run and struggles to get the rain/snow line north of the Route 2 corridor in Massachusetts. Anxiously awaiting the 18z GFS...it has been much colder than the NAM the whole time.

NWS has issued its SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT on this possible 'SNE major winter storm.'

Mr. Foot, what are your thoughts...

E.H. Boston said...

Correction...

According to Tuesday's Boston Globe...

Boston has raked in a whopping 7.8" for the season so far.

6" in February alone.

You were right, Mr. Foot...its was a rockin' Feb...at least compared to how the winter started, which of course, 2" would have been rockin'. What a winter!

E.H. Boston said...

Correction...

According to Tuesday's Boston Globe...

Boston has raked in a whopping 7.8" for the season so far.

6" in February alone.

You were right, Mr. Foot...its was a rockin' Feb...at least compared to how the winter started, which of course, 2" would have been rockin'. What a winter!

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