Thursday, February 24, 2011


Saluting the students

We hope that through the recent round of storminess across the country, one idea shone through on this website: That the real workhorses of this team are the high school and college students spread across twelve states that make Foot’s Forecast a innovative multi-state collaborative. Before the next attack of wild weather gets underway this week, the advisors would like to take this time and salute these dedicated, energetic and hard-working students for managing updates, collaborating at all hours of the night, posting facebook reports, consistently featuring NWS graphics, linking to public safety advisories, and engaging the readers to do whatever it takes to keep all of us ahead of the storm. Our sincere gratitude for serving as an excellent example to all of us, and for being the proof of what your readers already know: Students are capable of achieving much more than most people expect.

With deep appreciation to our student forecasters,

Mr. Foot, Mr. Lear and the Advisory Team


6:00 PM Sunday, 2/27/2011

9:45 PM PM EST

TORNADO WARNING FOR PARTS OF MISSOURI AND KANSAS

TORNADO WATCH FOR PARTS OF MISSOURI, KANSAS AND OKLAHOMA
until 9 PM CST

The Desert Southwest was hit today with heavy, blowing snow, especially in the higher elevations. This event strengthened as it entered the Southern Plains this afternoon. Fog, followed by moderate to heavy precipitation is possible. Ample Gulf moisture will enhance this storm as it moves towards the Mississippi Valley Sunday night, will possible severe thunderstorms.

Heavy rain and thunderstorms will affect the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys for much of today.



A front moves northward into the Midwest, Great Lakes and New England regions Sunday night, causing wintry conditions that will affect travel.






"Phil, I think you may have been wrong..."
More snow moving across America

11:00 PM Saturday, 2/26/2011 Dense fog is a danger in the Northern Plains tonight and Midwest is in for freezing rain and a Wintry Mix tomorrow.

Snow will come to the Desert Southwest by Sunday, where a strong cold front will push as far South as Central Arizona.

Severe weather returns across the Southern U.S, where a cold front moving into the Central and Southern Plains on Sunday have plenty of warm, moist Gulf air to meet it.

A short wave from the Upper Midwest will flow to the Northeast Saturday and off the coast by Sunday. The Great Lakes, New York, and New England, should only expect light to moderate snow. Exceptions
(Advisor Lear)




Calmer with the sundown,

but it's not over, yet...
Tragedy in Kentucky
(4:00 PM...sad update)

8:00 PM Friday, 2/25/2011 A mid-level low and upper-level jet are the mechanisms pushing a front through the East. Gulf moisture and instability associated with the front have produced potentials for blowing and drifting snow across the Midwest. This system has pushed the central Atlantic, but not before dumping more rain, some with Thunderstorms. High Winds are played havoc in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions, New England will continue to receive moderate to heavy snow through early tomorrow.

The Upper Mid-West
shows Hazardous Weather Outlooks that call for dangerous wind chills overnight.

The Plains States have Winter Weather Advisories that include Freezing Fog Alerts.

Another strong upper-level trough swings southward along the Pacific Coast over the next couple of days keeping the western U.S. very active with wide spread rain and snow. Much of the Mountain West is under some form of Winter Advisory. (Advisor Lear)

A two-storm Thursday
Details in the
6:00 PM EST 2/24/2011 A high-impact "dual" storm system arriving is crossing the country, bring rains and flooding from Arkansas northeastward to Pennsylvania, and frozen precipitation north of that. A severe weather outbreak is also in progress, with the latest tornado watch posted for portions of a 6-state from East Texas to Central Tennessee.

Severe Thunderstorms Warnings are also posted within this area.



TORNADO WARNINGS FOR...  Areas in TENNESSEE...
Areas in MISSISSIPPI...
UNTIL 1015 PM CST
Areas in ALABAMA...
UNTIL 1030 PM CST
TORNADO INFO
TORNADO WATCHES ARE IN EFFECT UNTIL FOR THE
FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:
LOUISIANA UNTIL 10 PM CST
MISSISSIPPI, ALABAMA, TENNESSEE
UNTIL 2AM CST
Winter Advisories, Watches, and Warnings extend from Kansas to Maine, and everywhere in between.
The Northern Great Plains aren't being spared, with snow and below zero temperatures. Some areas in Horse Country may receive over 4" of rain, and many areas in the South are under the gun for possible severe weather this afternoon and tonight, where possibilities of Tornadoes exist.

Areas of the East may suffer power outages tomorrow due to high winds, and while the Southwest may not be getting Winter Weather, but they will have their own concerns with Red Flag Warnings.

THE FORECAST TEAM ADVISES YOU MONITOR LOCAL NWS FORECASTS AND STATEMENTS BY ENTERING YOUR ZIP CODE IN THE UPPER LEFT SEARCH. (Advisors Lear, Foot and the Eastern U.S. Forecast Team)

22 comments:

wvmomof5 said...

ok, what is up with the weather-finally got up to 41 earlier this evening now it is 36.  I thought we were to warm up with the rain not get colder.....

Andy, Southern York County PA (FORECAST ADVISOR) said...

It will warm up.  Once the low tracks closer warm air will surge in.  I'm still looking at the period after 3/5 for the next possible cold wave.  I think we are still likely to recieve more accumulating snow before March is out. 

BioPat said...

Certainly won't be a surprise this winter to see March snow or ice =-O

Tina said...

I'm watching the country's radar... =-O

Fingers crossed for everyone in the path of those storms:

http://www.intellicast.com/National/Radar/Current.aspx?animate=true&location=default

ravensbbr said...

Hey Andy, does the NAO still factor into weather this time of (almost) spring?

ravensbbr said...

My bro and his wife are in Jackson, MS, I've already txted them to start digging a shelter or something tonight...gonna be rough.

somestars said...

WOOF!  Just looked at the 5 day precip forecast.  Didn't even know it could GO to RED.

NeedaSnowday said...

came to check on weather... and word from Rufus?  Maybe Jacob forced her to go to a warm place like Florida....

Andy, Southern York County PA (FORECAST ADVISOR) said...

A trip to the vet and a rabies booster should take care of that nasty bark :-D :-P

Andy, Southern York County PA (FORECAST ADVISOR) said...

As far as snow yes.  In the Baltimore area north we are still game for huge snows during the entire month of March, and sometimes snow events until early April.  Opening day a few years ago in April featured a couple of inches of snow.  In 1983 in early April there was a snow and sleet storm that closed schools in and around Baltimore.  As we go beyond March 15th it takes a much colder air mass and stronger storm to deliver snow.  Sun angle becomes a factor.  Before the 15th a moderate event can hapen during the day and especially at night.  A negative NAO is important.  As we head far into March there is generally less cold air available so snowstorms are harder to come by but can happen.  No matter what, the snow on the ground does not last as long in March because of sun angle and less cold air.

ravensbbr said...

Cool, good explaination, thanks!

somestars said...

Thank you ... Mandrew. 
Your advice has caused me to paws and reflect.

p.s. I can't find a "smirk" emoticon.

Andy, Southern York County PA (FORECAST ADVISOR) said...

The time frame from March 5th forward looks pretty interesting.  Could we cash in on a major winter storm after this work week?  Some global models seem to think its possible.  GFS has shown some sort of coastal bomb delivering over a foot of snow.  Could this be the grand finale?  Another fantasy storm?  Time will tell. 

Essex Dance Mom said...

Sounds like Mr. Andy is happy to have his Verizon back.   8-)

Anne Province said...

What is all this potential blizzard talk?  I see temps on 50s and tons of rain on the long range forecast.  A blizzard would be cool though... better than yucky stinkin' rain!!!!
?  Did Julie have her baby yet?  Maybe I missed it. 

hocoKtchr said...

I totally agree that students are capable of much more than people expect!  Well said! 

Your student forecasters are dedicated, professional, and extremely hard-working!  I am "in awe" of their knowledge and skills...sincere thanks for the insight and information you all share with us! 
It is greatly appreciated!  :)

Tina said...

It's official:  spring is on the way.  Today's morning dog walk (at 6:45am) had the sounds of birds doing the "springtime tweet" thing.  Totally different from yesterday morning.  I do want a nice snowstorm as a send off, but now I feel like a horse heading for the barn, thinking about warmer weather! :)

Mary in Hydes said...

I really hope for 1 more before the season is over.  Let the storms and tracks be perfect!

ravensbbr said...

Andy, how far out does your GFS outlook go? Mine only has 168 hours, is there one with more online somewhere?

Paul ( Owings Mill's) said...

I have been readying some blog's and there has been some chat about a possible pattern change after this week into early April, as the La Lina pattern weakens and the Nao goes more negative ...more of a chance of coastal development..... however ..Looking at the long range forcast I only see rain and mild temp's....I would love one more big hitter .. like 12 inches plus and blizzard conditions...I know It sounds crazy... But I love big storms... ...Any thoughts on this ..Maybe Andy can give his thoughts....Enjoy your Sunday everyone..

daniel smith said...

NO BABY YET UGHHHH!  If she doesn't come this week I get induced 3/7. So no Rufus yet either?

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