Tuesday, February 3, 2009


WED FEB 4 - 10:45 AM. I thought you all would be encouraged by the fact that my Mom in Chester County called to say they received 7 INCHES! as a result of the Groundhog Storm, topped off by last night's surprise. Don't believe me...scroll down through the Philly/Mount Holly snow report in their Public Information Statement. Incredible totals! A few of Mom's photos are posted below showing a true "powderhound" enjoying the snow. Although commuters this morning were not celebrating in the slightest, at least we can say someone benefitted from this storm. Teachers and students, take heed and get as much instruction moving as possible, because we have a LOT of February yet to accomplish. :::insert sound of exasperated exhale here::: And then there is the long slog through March. But I digress, now everybody, back to work! Enough of this weather business for now.

Note: The picture below is just a montage of the family canine in suburban Philly reveling in his surprise snow. If not viewable on your screen, tt will be here to see when you get home!

WED FEB 4 - 9:45 AM. Actually, had I been paying closer attention last night, I might have found this and it would not have been a surprise at all. A map to be posted shortly to show you what caused our little spritz of snow. UPDATE: Several MD Eastern Shore districts had to pull surprise last minute closings. There must be a new NWS category called "Heavy Flurries" developed by the Mount Holly, NJ Office. With the advisory expanded to 10:00 AM, it indicates NWS had trouble identifying where the trailing edge of the shortwave was located! Either widened in it's route to here from Syracuse, or it's their way of saying: "Yeah, we don't use those old fashioned techniques anymore, that's for paper and pencil types."

Surprise Shortwave

Look, I am not tooting my horn, because I did not initially take the time to locate the shortwave last night. But I'm not the certified meteorologist here. It took me all but 5 minutes to identify it on the 850 mb map shown above, and do the calculations. No computer model. I used a map that was posted by NOAA overnight, so it was 4-5 hour old data. Had I been watching at 11:00 PM, I would have noticed and at least said, "hmmm. Better take a closer look." So I say it is a mini-bust for BOTH parties involved here (myself included.)

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OPENER: WED FEB 4 - 6:00 AM. As we bid farewell to the much-maligned and long predicted Groundhog Storm, attention naturally turns to the other question on many reader's minds: "What's in store for the rest of February?" After a wrapup of both the late January ice storm and our currently departing one, I will spend some time pin-pointing the indicators that could lead to an active storm pattern for this month. The false warmup this weekend will give many the impression that the potential for serious winter weather has ended. Their remain two or possibility three periods coming up for February that could deliver a traditional East Coast snowstorm. After the 28th..climatology and sun angle conspire to generally end any speculation or hope of good snow after March 1. So enjoy what could be a "Fabulous February" for I believe the atmosphere still has many more surprises lurking.

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