Monday, January 31, 2011

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Forecaster Bio
Jason Mitchell
Calvert County, MD

Class Rank: Senior

Basketball, computer networking

Lead Forecaster:                                                           
Capital Region
Mid-Atlantic Winter Stormcast
Tropical Team Coordinator

Contributing Forecaster
Central Maryland
Severe Weather

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Greg Jackson (Winterman)

Lead Forecaster of Three Rivers Zone 
Lead Forecaster of Central Maryland  Zone (Dec. 2009-June 2011)
Founder of Foot's Forecast Facebook

Joined Team: December 2009

Education (Maryland):
-North Carroll High School, Senior 
-Shiloh Middle School
-Hampstead Elementary School

Employment Experience:
Summer 2010 Intern,
University of Maryland, Baltimore County 
Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education 

-Environmental Science

Accomplishments/Projects With Team:
-Presented at 2010 Baltimore County Emergency Operations Hurricane Preparedness Exercise
-North Carroll High School- Hosted ABC 2 News Interview with Justin Berk
-Was a part of the forecast team to accurately predict 
the February 2010 Blizzards
-Currently assisting with FIELDS program

Personal Statement:

I give my best effort in everything I do.  I appreciate all members of the Central MD team, and I love being your "Daily Morning Forecaster!"  If there is one thing I have learned from this organization it is "Dream big and often; your dreams will come true."  I am living my dream every day with this organization.  I would also like to thank all of the readers of Foot's Forecast, without you none of this would be possible!

Contact Info:

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Welcome to Philmageddon 2011
"It's the size of Texas, Mr. President."
- A scientist reporting on a fictional asteroid in the film Armageddon.

4:30 PM EST TUESDAY 2/1/2011 February has arrived in force, and it is not exactly a "fantastic one" for millions of us. Instead of a nice gentle snowfall, Mother Nature's wrath has prompted our readers to vote on this event being no less than "Philmageddon* 2011." This event is quite simply becoming the most widespread storm to impact travel, schools and public safety in 40 years. Half the U.S. population will be directly affected for remainder of the week. The extent of just the "ice" portion of the storm will encompass an area larger than the state of Texas.

Winter Storm Warnings posted by individual NWS offices, convey the incredible expanse of this storm  across a 2,000+ mile transect from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Augusta, Maine. Links below:


Scroll to the next section for our multi-state team roundup.
A new lead story is in progress, check back for updates.

A devastating ice storm and blizzard conditions will impact  a giant swath of the Midwest and Ohio Valley, while an outbreak of severe weather is expected in the Southeast, according to the NOAA Storm Prediction Center. Blizzard Warnings are rampant from Michigan through Metro Chicago traversing the Mississippi & Missouri River Valleys all the way to central Oklahoma, with snowfall of 8 to 20 inches expected. Elsewhere, Winter Storm Warnings cover the rest of Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and now extending from Nebraska and Iowa, clear into the far reaches of the Northeast.

For airline commuters The real impact of this storm is understood by travel warriors: When Chicago's O'Hare goes down, so will your travel plans...big time. Monitor flight delays from this interactive portal by the FAA. Hundreds of flights heading to Chicago from distant airports are already being canceled across the country. Closely monitor your flight status, as these reports are changing by the minute as conditions deteroriate.

For suburban homeowners & city residents: We urge you to take time if possible to clear your storm drains of any snow, and create a "channel" for runoff to follow. Please do your part to keep children and pets indoors during this storm. Let's not have headlines about people taking the dog for a walk or getting the mail in an ice storm... and not coming back.

*This is a reference to the famed prognosticator, Punxsutawney Phil and his mid-winter predictions from a quaint and classic northwest Pennsylvania town, anticipated tomorrow among the sheets of ice.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

"Has the jury reached a verdict?"
9:00 PM EST SATURDAY 1/29/2011 The impending "Groundhog" weather event is gearing up to make a run at the East Coast next week, and will bring a lot of the Gulf Of Mexico with it. Models are trending toward a widespread, high impact severe and winter weather event covering a significant portion of the country east of the Missippippi. The rough guide to current ideas being discussed in the team as displayed on computer model projections:

1. SOUTHEAST: Starting Monday and continuing to Tuesday night, heavy rain, strong thunderstorms and an extensive outbreak of tornadoes.

2. OHIO & TENNESSEE VALLEYS: A long duration, high-impact and potentially paralyzing ice/sleet and rain scenario also in the Monday to Wednesday time frame.

3. MID-ATLANTIC: Southern states(Maryland, Virginia, Delaware) may experience a front end period of snow or sleet possibly transitioning to rain - producing high rainfall amounts and potential flooding. Northern states from Pennsylvania to New Jersey and into the entire Northeast are facing "the first insult" of February, as there is increasing probability of high snowfall accumulations over a very large area from eastern Pennsylvania north to Maine.

The Forecast team has been working diligently this evening on developing reports for each of those regions, and will update as soon as possible. Continue monitoring the Winter Stormcast Zone on this site and in facebook for our latest projections on this next winter weather nightmare. (Advisors Lear and Foot, Forecasters Winterman and Jason M.)

Mr. Freeze would be proud
A Youtube link to the best sayings of "Mr. Freeze"
from the Batman Series, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger

9:30 AM EST SATURDAY 1/29/2011 The weather pattern settling into place this weekend has the potential to generate a long-duration and widespread winter weather event next week from the Southern Plains to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. We'll do our best to "wishcast" this one away for you. Details in the Winter Stormcast Zone.

OUR REGIONAL ROUNDUP The Eastern U.S. tab has a roundup of coveage from our local forecast teams. You can also directly access our latest reports via these links to zones or facebook forecasts for Central Maryland, the Capital Region, and the Ohio Valley. The event is also being covered by our forecasters in Central Pennsylvania, the Carolinas and the Southeast. It is even a bit chilly in Central Florida, but notably milder than the snow-bound Northeast. Heading to the Sunshine State for a break? Get your very own Foot's Forecaster for Central Florida right in your pocket - visit and like the page by Lead Forecaster Matt B. in Brooksville near Tampa-St. Petersburg.
"Advisors in Action" Day
On this Arctic-encrusted morning back east, Forecaster Dakota and Advisor Mr. Foot are preparing for the long journey home from Seattle to Baltimore. It has been an action-packed week to say the least, with a major winter storm, school closures, conferences, and now this Advisors-in-Action Saturday to top it off.

With the student forecasters understandably in need of some rest after this week, today the advisors are immersing in adventures on behalf of the team. Dr. Pete Winstead, our Student Research Advisor and his entire family will be proudly displaying their Foot's Forecast T-shirts at the Annual "Polar Bear Plunge" held in Annapolis, MD. Advisor Brad Lear from Fallston, MD is representing the team from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM EST during a Saturday family-oriented event at the Maryland Science Center titled "Deep Freeze."

And finally, a special video report taped Friday evening from Seattle's Pike Place Market by Forecaster Dakota and Mr. Foot:

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Since the Rumble is's just
"Crazy Outside"-YouTube link to the "Rumble Song"

10:00pm EST Wednesday 1/26/2011- Things should begin to wind down within the next couple of hours around the Baltimore Metro Areas, but not before leaving a great amount of impacts: 100,000+ BGE customers without power, Road closures, flight delays and cancellations, school delays and closings.  WE CONTINUE TO URGE ALL DRIVERS TO STAY OFF THE ROADS UNTIL SUNRISE IF AT ALL POSSIBLE.  Crews will now just be able to start their work on getting the state of MD back in running order, but this will take at least 12 hours or more.  We thank all of you for your continuing updates throughout the storm and we thank you for joining us on Foot's Forecasts' 7th year anniversary!  Thank you to all, and please stay safe!

6:00 pm EST Wednesday 1/26/2011 – The next round of this double slam dunk storm has arrived. At this time, only the DelMarVa is showing continuing liquid precip. Many areas in the Mid-Atlantic are already reporting the up-close and personal look at fun winter weather activities such as thunder and lightning simultaneous with torrential snowfall, (blowing sideways), at rates of upwards to 3” inches an hour. We think that is definition a-plenty for being “Crazy Outside.” Rates of 1 to 2.5 inches per hour are already being registered. Locally, this event could dump another 6+" of snow.

Those in the I-95 megalopolis from Richmond to Philadelphia are being impacted by the upper level low which will behave much like a 3-hour squall line of snow, producing virtually instant white-out conditions, gusty winds and render driving nearly impossible. In the Baltimore area, Interstate traffic is bumper-to-bumper for miles.

Based on the intensity of this upper level system, we urge that travel be avoided, if possible, during this event.

Additional updates on this system as time permits. Please continue to monitor your local NWS forecast offices for the latest advisory statements. Our latest storm impact reports are posted in the Winter Stormcast Zone shown above and in regional facebook pages. (Forecasters Foot and Dakota - Chicago's O'Hare Airport. Advisor Lear, Fallston. Maryland)

Note: We are boarding our next flight at 2:25 pm Central Time, so further updates will be provided by Advisor Brad in Fallston, MD. Our next report will be once we reach Seattle WA to attend the American Meteorological Society conference.) At this time Foot and Dakota are at or near their destination. BL

Monday, January 24, 2011

Weather whiplash has arrived

NOON Wednesday 1/26/2011 Winter Storm Watches and Warnings have expanded through the Southeast, Mid-South and into the Northeast. Although snow has arrived in the Mid-Atlantic as part of the first pulse of this storm, A second and more significant phase will occur this afternoon as the upper level low over the Mid-South pulls east, and all precipitation changes back to snow by 4 pm along and east of I-81 in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and remainder of the Mid-Atlantic northward to New Jersey.

At this time, our team expects a general 5-8" of snow in the southern Mid-Atlantic today, with higher amounts along the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains, as well as in Northern Maryland and Eastern Pennsylvania. Be advised, those areas that see a switchover from rain to snow sooner will see more snow accumulation.
In addition- there are strong indications that significant banding will occur with this second system, with snowfall reaching a rate up to 3, or more, inches per hour. The timing of this event will put this snowfall during the Major Metro rush hours.

Our latest team statements will be posted in the Winter Stormcast Zone. Visit the Forecast Centers tab for direct access to the latest from local teams in the Eastern U.S.

Although surface conditions are just above freezing in many locations throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Tennessee Valley, this storm is a classic example of "dynamical cooling." In this case, the storm lacks a nearby surface high to produce cold air at the onset. In place of that normal mesoscale arrangement, the upper level low associated with this system is able to "generate" cold air as the entire system moves north.

CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS: Widespread Winter Storm Warnings are posted for the Tennessee Valley, Northern Alabama and most of Kentucky and expanded from the Shenandoah & Blue Ridge mountains into Central Maryland.

Warnings also extend through much of the Northeast Corridor of I-95 from the Delaware Valley, with Watches for later stages of the storm tonight posted from southern Hudson River Valley and southern New England. The Bayshore region of Eastern Maryland and Delaware has warnings to the north, with warmer temperatures preventing snowfall for much of the day, thus Salisbury and south to the Virginia peninsula have Winter Weather Advisories or will see plain rain today.

Our team would like to point out that closer to the coast, lower snow-to-liquid ratios given warmer temperatures may reduce snow totals. Our Winter Stormcast Team will collaborate this afternoon and update as necessary.
We will post here as well as on
About our site upgrade
Foot's Forecast 2.0 is arriving

Monday, January 24, 2011  Our Web Team and Advisors has prepared this list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding the recent switch in appearance of this site. With this being the first day the site is being tested in school systems, we recognize it may not fully appear until servers and filtering systems confirm the upgrade. Additional forecast zones and secure improved commenting features are also being developed.

School system Network Service Managers or IT Directors with additional questions about the switch are encouraged to contact us at anytime:  or

BACKGROUND: In the early years of this site, thousands of people across the Mid-Atlantic were able to view at both work or school. By 2008, when just Mr. Foot was posting reports from his class, Maryland school systems requested their filtering systems "re-categorize" this site as "News and Media." During the winter of 2009-2010, we grew from a team of seven students to today's 35 members in 12 states extending from Illinois to Mississippi. We also have a direct partnership with the NOAA-grant funded NCAS Weather Camp program at Howard University in Washington, DC. We hope this information clearly demonstrates this website is an educationally-driven collaborative effort by teachers, parents, students, Ph.D's, meteorologists and scientists across the Eastern United States.

1. "Why was the website changed?"  Recent feedback from readers suggested we improve your access to core information such as local daily forecasts, winter weather events and long range projections.  Our team re-designed the original site with a fresh look and added more efficient menu tabs above to align with standard website formats.

2. "Where is the forecast for my area?"   We have placed links to your local and regional forecasts in our new tab section. A full list of all zones is located in the Forecast Centers tab. For those in the Eastern U.S., simply click that tab to access a daily regional roundup of forecasts.

3. "What happened to the good, ole' fashioned Baltimore-area forecast?" In the past year, two dozen additional students and advisors have joined our team from across the Eastern U.S. We are becoming a "national network" of local teams" so your local forecast for Baltimore, or Atlanta or Tampa is still there. Please look in the left sidebar or see the statement above.

4. "Does the team know Facebook is blocked at most schools and offices?"  Well, yes.. we do realize that. Our advisors and students have been republishing the facebook forecast text both here and on the .org site. Soon, regional pages like test versions for Central Maryland and Central Florida will be published for ALL our forecast teams. This will eliminate the facebook concern we know many of you have, including those in schools and offices.

For a different take on all this, we encourage you to read what the Maryland State Education Association recently wrote in their January 2011 newsmagazine about "teachers creating a positive digital footprint."

If the MSEA believes it is time to appropriately embrace technologies widely used by millions of students every day, then so can this website and the readers who rely upon it. This is a 21st century technological society that is moving forward, and MSEA is already there. "It’s time, says Gwyneth Jones, a teacher librarian at Murray Hill MS in Howard County, for educators to meet them there by creating their own positive digital footprint."

"It’s about making a digital shift in the way we do things. Web 2.0 tools actually make communication easier with students, parents, and the community.” Jones is the author of the award-winning Daring Librarian blog and a member of the International Society for Technology in Education board of directors.

“We can’t be afraid of making the digital shift. It’s what 21st century education is all about,” she said. “The truth is we need to be able to talk to and teach our students in a way that will prepare them for jobs that haven’t even been created yet. If we can’t teach them these new ways of looking at information, we’re not educating them for their world.”

Ms. Jones, if you are reading this from Howard County, MD... we extend a digital feather for your from all of us on the Eastern U.S. Team of Foot's Forecast. We is time.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

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The Ohio Valley Zone
Facebook | Twitter | Wilmington, OH NWS | Current Temps
Lead Forecaster Terence Keaser: Univ. of Northwestern Ohio

When Thunderstorm or Tornadoes threaten our area, we post updates in the Ohio Valley Severe Weather page in Facebook. 


"Times change,
we need to change as well."
-Francois Pienaar, played by Matt Damon in the 2009 film Invictus

8:10 AM Sunday 1.23.2011   While bitter Arctic temperatures immobilize many of us inside during these long winter days, we hope the work of this team serves to inspire you to make the best of every day. As times have changed in the seven years since this site went live in January 2004, so has our team and its mission, to better serve our expanding readership.

(Until the next lead story is published, you can access your local and regional forecasts via the menu tab above)
While this site may be only a weather forecast to some, to us and many others, it represents an opportunity to change the conversation in America today. Our slogan of  "students bringing innovation to the forecasting of weather and climate" is more than high school students wanting a lot of snow in order to miss school. We hope that through the forecasting and the science, you, our readers, will detect the real message: Students, if given a chance, can make  a meaningful difference in their community and can "be now the professional they want to be" in the future.

Our team was founded on the values of trust, collaboration, respect for other's viewpoints and a belief that we are stronger when we work together for the common good. This website upgrade, which we hope will be viewable in your school or place of work by Monday, is another example of how rewarding it feels to be part of a trusted team. On behalf of the entire Eastern U.S. Forecast Team, I extend our appreciation to the Web Team and Advisors for shepherding us through this upgrade. 

Regular forecasting operations will resume later today with expanded zones, new content, effort on improving the comment feature, and a site that represents the work of many members across state lines over many months. If you are a team member reading this, please know the Advisors and I are grateful everyday for the work you do in distant quarters serving so many. It is an honor for us to be on this team with you. (Mr. Foot  - Dundalk, Maryland)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

"Coldplay" followed by storm days?

12:25 PM EST Saturday Friday 1.21.2011 SITE MESSAGE: For direct access to the latest reports provided by your local Foot's Forecast team, please click "Forecast Centers" in the tab above. An overview of scenarios for another potential winter storm in the Eastern U.S. is posted in our Winter Stormcast Zone, accessible via the tab directly above.

SYNOPSIS Mother Nature has left open the icebox in her kitchen, allowing a major surge of Arctic air to flood the eastern U.S. in the next several days. The cold wave is courtesy of a weak but cold 1023 mb millibar high pressure system which had been parked in central Canada prior to departure of the Ohio Valley to Northeast snow event. Bitterly cold air has swept south, to deliver overnight lows in the 20's all the way to Orlando, FL.

WESTERN U.S. In the Pacific Northwest, recent heavy rains in Washington state prompted NWS Flood Warnings for the Green and Cedar rivers in the Seattle-Tacoma area. Overall, the western U.S. overall will finally catch a break from recent pattern of frequent high-impact storms. Light snow has moved from the northern Cascades to Montana, and temperatures in the region are returning to seasonal norms. Even weather in central Arizona and the Phoenix metro area, which has experienced an unusual winter thus far, is resuming to its traditional role as "the Valley of the Sun" with temperatures in the week ahead holding in the 70's.

LOOKING AHEAD The real "Coldplay" will be frigid temperatures to overtake the eastern half of the country today to next Monday. Morning lows in the teens are observed as far south as Nashville, TN. Even places like Tampa-St. Petersburg will struggle into the 60's this weekend, which is relatively chilly for that area. Morning lows both Saturday and Sunday will feature breath-stopping cold enough to make your eyes water, with single-digit AM temps in central U.S. locations such as Lincoln, NE. (image from Old Hickory, TN NWS Forecast Office)

SITE SWITCH 411 Starting today, you will notice changes occuring between this site and our original .org site. Our Web Team will be conducting a "re-direct" of this blogspot site to replace the content on This notice explains the rationale behind this switch, which may take between 12 and 24 hours in some locations as servers and internet providers adjust. Our forecasts will continue unaffected in facebook and published on this site as usual - with expansion of zones planned early next week. (Advisors Mr. Foot and Mr. Lear)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

"Stopping by a woods
on a snowy evening..."
- Poem by Robert Frost

10:20 PM Thursday 1/20/2011  A weak to moderate winter storm is bisecting the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys having delivered a general swath of 3-6" in locations where Winter Storm Warnings are posted. Winter Weather Advisories currently blanket most of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast for tonight into tomorrow.

Our final call is for 2-4" across West Virginia, western MD and Pennsylvania. For Central Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey, 1-2" is expected. This brief snow will provide powderounds an excellent kodak moment tomorrow morning for some nice facebook avatars. Additional details on this winter weather event can be found in these zone pages, including Central Maryland, the Capital Region, and in the Mid-Atlantic Winter Stormcast Zone in the tab noted above.

In celebration of our site's seven-year anniversary next Wednesday, we encourage any reader to post in our National facebook page creative and appropriate ways to spell "Foot's Forecast"   using objects. It can be as simple as writing in snow on a car window (like Photocaster Emily has done), or with twigs, rocks, shovels, newspaper clippings, skittles, sand from Central Florida - you name it. This is your time to effervesce with creative energies and show us how much fun you can have with the name of that spot-on team of weather forecasters that are changing the facebook post at a time.

Follow this link to our National page to post your FF brand pic proposal. The winning 3 designs or most creative ways of displaying Foot's Forecast receive a team t-shirt. Submit your entries until 6:00 am Wednesday 1/26.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

"Guess who's coming to dinner..."
- The 1967 classic film starring Spencer Tracy and Sidney Poitier

1:15 PM Wednesday 1.19.2011  An important message to all readers: Starting 12 noon Friday, we will initiate a site transfer. The URL of this page  will return to the familiar URL of (

LATE WEEK STORM WATCH For our latest analyses on the Thursday-Friday event, please visit the new Winter Stormcast Zone.

For details on changes to our website, Please read this FAQ, containing the important context of doing this to provide students, teachers, and our readers in all 50 states, with direct access to Web 2.0 skills in a 21st century world of rapidly advancing technology.

EASTERN U.S. ROUNDUP Wintry precipitation is decreasing the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, having produced school delays in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Light snow associated with an upper level shortwave system doused New York and New England with light accumulations. Rain showers with a second weak coastal system were observed across the Carolinas. The Southeast is enjoying a first real day of pleasant weather in the new year with abundant sunshine and normal temperatures for mid-January.

The real question...who's coming to dinner?  If you live in the Ohio Valley, Mid-Atlantic or Northeast, and a parent of school age children, teacher, administrator or transporation manager...dinner guests tonight will include the datebook and child care contact list. Why? A strong pulse of Arctic air will move into the Upper Plains today and reach the Mid-Atlantic by Thursday night. The National Weather Service advisory map shows another expanding swath of Winter Weather Advisories, Watches and Warnings -- all heading east once again. Our detailed analyses in the Winter Stormcast Zone, as well as found in the second tab from the left. A new update will be posted later this evening.

Winter Storm Watches are bleeding eastward across the Ohio Valley into Pennsylvania and West Virginia ahead of a strengthening low pressure system moving with the Arctic front. These areas are already expecting 4-8" starting Thursday afternoon. Watches are likely to be hoisted once again for the Mid-Atlantic and into the Northeast, to take effect Thursday afternoon night. With a fresh resupply of Arctic air and a cooling boundary layer, by Friday morning, we expect areas from the Blue Ridge of WV & western MD to the Washington-Philadelphia metro corridor to see accumulating snow. At this time, it is uncertain whether this storm has the potential to be "significant" (4" or more). Our Winter Stormcast Team will re-analyze data projections this afternoon and evening.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Central Florida Zone
Lead Forecaster: Matt B., Brooksville Florida

Get the latest every day from Forecaster Matt Bolton's reported as posted in our Central Florida Facebook forecast page.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

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As for "Stormy Weather" (Lena Horne, 1943)
the east is free of it, for one more day, until...
"The Iceman Cometh" (Eugene O'Neill, 1939)

6:30 PM Sunday 1/16/2011 Today's Lead Story: Freeze warnings have expired in the South for now, while a new storm system has begun rolling across the northern Gulf coast. Snow willl continue mountains of Washington, Idaho and Western Montana. The Northern Rockies should expect have a mix of precipitation type due to warm air advecting over the lower-level cold air. The plains of Eastern Montana, Northeastern Wyoming, and into the Western Dakotas will experience snow mixed with periods sleet and/or freezing rain as evidenced by the latest NWS advisory map.

THE ICEMAN COMETH While the Eastern U.S. is in a brief pattern of calm, we are watching the next system to affect the country, in the Monday to Tuesday period. It appears likely this system will produce wintry conditions from late on Martin Luther King Day until at least the early-morning hours of Tuesday. A condition known as "cold-air damming" will play an important role in the type, and especially duration, of precipitation many areas receive Monday. For the Mid-Atlantic, icy conditions could continue later than expected. Our Winter Stormcast Team is reviewing current data, and details will posted in the Winter Stormcast Zone as well as in facebook forecast centers and our new Twitter feeds.  (Forecast Advisors Lear and Foot)

SITE & TWITTER UPDATES New Twitter feeds are launched in all our facebook forecast centers, from the Mid-Atlantic to the Ohio Valley and Southeast. We will post a combined list of all Twitters, but the URL format is: Our gratitude to Web Team Specialist/Forecaster Nick Scirico, senior in Meteorology at North Carolina State for this innovative new feature!