Sunday, March 21, 2010

"This is the time to remember..."

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6:30 AM MONDAY 3.22.2010  Billy Joel's lyrics used to represent yesterday as the first full day of Spring hopefully spoke to many people in numerous ways. Snow- and cold-weary residents of the southern and central plains no doubt wondered if Spring even remembered them. Meanwhile, New England residents still under Flood Warnings  from the pour'easter-snow-melt-mayhem of last week probably agreed the weekend was a time to remember: A three or four-day string of 60's and 70's. If that summer-like preview had you thinking of warmer locales, bookmark The Spring Break Zone and enjoy Ryan K.'s forecasts for hot vacation spots across North America.

The contrasts observed on March 21, 2010 were memorable. Consider: As DC's cherry blossoms began unfurling for next weekend's national festival, palm trees in Dallas gritted their teeth through snow and temperatures in the mid 30's. While Tulsa, Oklahoma ground to a halt under their fifth major winter storm of the year, temperatures in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast climbed into the 70's.

Words to the weather wise: Those in the Northeast know paybacks are coming for that early Spring gift, as evidenced by the HPC 5-day precip forecast. All that moisture-laden energy is now charging over the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, to descend on familiar areas: The Tennessee Valley, I-95 corridor, eastern PA and southern New England.

From the Forecast Team
On the Mid-Atlantic Facebook page, we invite you to a brief tour inside recent meetings of the Maryland and Pennsylvania teams which met at Penn State and the University of Maryland. This week, we plan to build our new specialty zones, including more Spring Break forecast details and the much-anticipated "Birdland Zone."  This will be first in a series of forecast projects utilizing our shortwave tracking techniques to predict arrival, duration and departure of inclement weather during pro baseball games. We will first focus on Camden Yards, and then expand from there to nearby stadiums in the Mid-Atlantic. Season openers are coming up soon - we're watching the long range already!

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