Saturday, March 6, 2010

Springing Forward

7:30 AM MON 3.8.2010 
As Forecaster Winterman noted on last night's facebook update, it is hard to sign off from the first nice weekend for most.  For "spring-a-lings" each day gets better from here, a rising sun angle and climatology is turning the corner. For example, Philadelphia's average high for March is 51 F, so things are looking up. If you need perspective on how smacked those in the Mid-Atlantic were last month, Mr. Frank Roylance at the Baltimore Sun assembled a nice report on February 2010 snow data at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. For powderhounds, it is a feast of data not to be soon forgotten. Sometimes, I still can't believe all that happened, as if it was some Oscar-bound societal drama written by Stephen King.

WHAT ABOUT THE WEATHER?  Though tranquil for the eastern U.S. presently, that looks to change by mid-week. Cooler and rainy conditions arrive starting Tuesday: First for the Tennessee Valley, then the Southeast, followed by the Mid-Atlantic by Thursday. Ahead of possible thunderstorms later this week, student meteorologists Daniel R. and James H. attending the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) are helping build out the Severe Storm Zone.

To stay fresh on your daily regional weather 411, monitor your zone, or send an email directly to the forecaster. During this late winter intermission, we are refining all forecast zones, standardizing procedures and planning new content such as the Watershed Collaborative, a variety of Spring & Sports features - and the Hurricane Zone, a seasonal focus since Fall 2004.

Until we spring forward with the new site next month, please bookmark this current address.  All the collaborative content and effervescent discussions you've come to enjoy will continue. Those in school systems may have to notify their Technology Departments of the domain name change, to in the event this redirect inadvertently confounds webfilters.

A big hat tip to Techcaster Evan for many late nights in shepherding this process forward for all issues tech. You know the old food service rule: whatever it takes, keep your cooks happy!  Now let's keep cooking some sunny weather for our many northern readers still in recovery mode from the latest storms.

3:00 PM SAT 3.6.2010
With the rising March sun angle, many areas across the eastern U.S. are attempting to climb near or above 50 for the first time in weeks. As a result, we are collectively celebrating some early signs of spring. These tulip shoots in Dundalk, MD just emerged from their snow slumber and were a reminder there's no turning back in the long march to Spring. While some in the northeast, buried by the  s**wicane with up to 120 inches in 7 days may not see these hints for a while, better days are ahead! Leave a comment telling us all what early signs you see, or load your pictures into our facebook gallery and share in the outdoor joy (or sorrow).

Despite a volatile pattern ahead, manageable to nice conditions will dominate the U.S. east of the Mississippi Saturday to Monday. As the surface high fades east, return flow on the backside will begin the familiar pump of Gulf moisture ahead of the next storm system. Our zone forecasters at Penn State and Georgia Tech will be watching this closely, as Tuesday may feature the months first round of severe weather in the southern plains and southeast.

Our soon to be launched Severe Storm Zone will become a "spotcast" feature zeroing in on wherever thunderstorms, tornadoes and related weather threaten. The Safety Zone will be featured alongside to address preparation, survival and recovery from nature's twisters. The Long Range Zone remains an important center of discussion as we look toward the winter-spring transition and all the messy weather which results.

This Feb 2010 blizzard timelapse by the NOAA Visualizations Lab is a good reminder of just how clocked (twice!) we were by the NAO - El Nino duo, greenlighted by Mother Nature. For dramatic effect, watch the satellite loop while listening to the Star Wars Imperial March.

Thank you for your patience as the team makes some internal server changes in order to better serve your needs. Much weather is ahead, we hope you'll join us for the journey!

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