Monday, March 1, 2010

Ready to March Forth?

6:15 PM MONDAY 3.1.2010 
 Although a new storm will develop along the southeast coast, indications are that bulk of the precipitation remains offshore. However, upper level shortwave energy in the northern Great Lakes will move east, and may touch off snow Tuesday evening across West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and by Wednesday morning across the northern DelMarVa peninsula. With the turning calendar comes a higher sun angle, adding ground warmth daily, and negating the chance for accumulation beyond one inch east of the Blue Ridge mountains. As indicated by the Sterling, VA NWS, upslope snow will add to the phenomenal totals already observed in western Maryland, such as a seasonal 237" at Wisp Ski Resort.

The fantastic fury of February - and the gold medal gala of Vancouver 2010 has moved into the history book, as we relight the Olympic torch for its journey to the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russa. Those wanting to read that book must wait for Northeast residents to find it underneath the 20 to 50 inches received in the 2.25-27 UltraKahuna. Even today, the same low pressure is still delivering snow and wind to places like eastern Massachusetts.

With March 1 the start of "meteorological Spring," and a new sports season for many schools, your Forecast Team will continue fresh, daily weather analysis for the eastern U.S. and beyond. Among the projects in development: The Severe Weather & Safety Zone, led by Forecaster Daniel Ross, a meteorology student at Georgia Tech with collaborators from Penn State, and the Maryland high school team.

The Winter Stormcast Zone will still focus on winter weather in the Great Lakes, the Northeast and New England; and our new Watershed Collaborative will soon make a big splash for teachers and students. Outdoor sports fans will enjoy the SportsWeather Zone, as we pitch you the shortwave tracking technique in order to "spotcast" start and end times of rain during baseball games-- starting first in Birdland. As summer approaches, we will have a watchful eye on the Beach & Coastal Zone and on the tropics in our Hurricane Zone.  Ready to march forth with us?

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