Sunday, February 20, 2011


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Scroll down for details of the special Colorado meeting between Mr. Foot and Stormchaser Vince Webb, and a new video to be posted tonight where we turned the camera on the interviewer.

5:50 PM EST Sunday 2/20/2011
A major storm system will produce major contrasts in weather as it crawls across the Midwest and Upper Great Plains today, with Blizzard Warnings for portions of South Dakota while Ice Storm Warnings cover areas just south of that region. Meanwhile, those in the Southeast and into Central Florida are enjoying a nice weekend with highs back to seasonal levels in the 60's and 70's. For the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, with all remaining hats of residents having been blown out to sea, winds are finally diminishing today with occasional gusts near 20 mph at times.

A MID-ATLANTIC MONDAY: However, the Midwest weather maker is knocking on the door, as Winter Weather Advisories (purple) and Winter Storm Warnings (pink) have been hoisted in Pennsylvania and New York for snow, sleet and freezing rain starting tomorrow. By Monday night, wintry precipitation is also expected from our Potomac Ridge and Valley zone of western Maryland and northern Virginia to central Maryland and the Capital Region of DC and southern Maryland. Will this next slippery winter weather threat extend President's Weekend for school systems? Details in our Winter Stormcast Zones for the Mid-Atlantic (main site | facebook). (Note: Links to regions direct to facebook or main site forecasts)

Affiliate Forecaster Joe Puma from the Puma Weather Center in metro Chicago is also covering this latest winter event for northern Illinois.

Our Southeast Team reports pleasant conditions will prevail today with high pressure in control and showers likely tomorrow. Farther west, a heightened risk of brush fires remains for a large section of the south central U.S. due to very dry conditions, and Red Flag Warnings (pink) are in effect from west Texas into Oklahoma and Kansas.

FORECASTERS ON THE MOVE Storm Chaser Vincent Webb, a senior from Brandon High School in Central Mississippi and member of our Southeast Team, interviewed two famed figures in the weather forecasting universe while attending the 2011 National Storm Chasers Convention in Denver, CO. The first video to is with Meteorologist Mike Bettes of The Weather Channel, and the next features the reknowned Extreme Storm Chaser Reed Trimmer. A few minutes after this shot, Mr. Trimmer went on to speak to the entire convention hall, and even referenced Vince in his talk. Be sure to watch right to the end for a funny signoff.


video video

Congrats Stormchaser Webb for these nicely done interviews! We hope you all enjoy these historical firsts for our team, courtesy of a hard-working high school student willing to do what it takes to help advance the importance of
science education. Yet another example of our team philosophy: If given the chance, students show you they are much more capable than most people expect.

WEATHER BY WORKING TOGETHER Links in the section above lead you to
facebook forecast centers for some regions and main site zones for others. In the coming days and weeks, you will notice an expansion of forecasting content starting to appear on this page.

This improvement will include the posting of individual zones for all our regional forecast teams currently reporting in facebook centers. We hear the plea of teachers and students whom wish to access our pages while in class, but of course are unable if the links direct to facebook instead of a main site zone. By weeks' end, clicking those links will take you first to a zone on this page, with the facebook link embedded within that.

In addition, we will make layout changes in order to improve access in those school systems where the site is not appearing correctly due to screen resolution differences. Thanks to all our loyal readers across the U.S. and in many countries for supporting the work of these inspiring students as they continue to innovate the forecasting of weather and climate...right here on Foot's Forecast.

MULTI-STATE MEETING. Sunday afternoon under a wildly windy sky in the "Mile-High City," Vince Webb and Mr. Foot carved time from their cross-country commute to enjoy a brief lunch in Denver following Vince's attendance to the Storm Chasers Convention. Please check back later this evening as a special interview was recorded of the interviewer. That's right, this time we turned the camera on him! You'll get to hear some inspiring stories of his Yazoo City EF-4 tornado chase last April, how it felt to interview a TV meteorologist and much more.

A toast to our hard-working multi-state forecast team!

39 comments:

somestars said...

Uhhhhhhhhhhhh ... snow has been mentioned.  Anyone there?

JULIE said...

no kidding! :-D

somestars said...

Julie ...
Think people are out greasing up their snow shovels?  Looks like it might be too heavy to use the snow blowers.
The colors on the precip forecast look INteresting!
Julee

catengers said...

I'm about but heading into the attic to organize decorations (like it's about time huh) and I guess I should put my snowmen away????

See ya in a bit

BioPat said...

Change over time from rain to snow will be significant with this storm.  No question about the available precipitation from this system; we'll see plenty of moisture.  Whatever changes over will be of the heavy wet variety; gosh I hate to shovel that stuff. 

Paul ( Owings Mills ) said...

Have not seen or heard much updates from Andy the past few days pertaining to this possiable up coming snow event Monday night into Tuesday....I see they are still calling for the poss of rain changing to snow tomm night in this area..but I see they have issued advisories for souther Pa for tonight....So does anyone have any up dates they can post pertaining to all this...

terpguy said...

Me at 3PM today:

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Fallston&state=MD&site=LWX&textField1=39.521&textField2=-76.4265&e=0

Jason Mitchell said...

We have updated the Winter Stormcast Facebook page with details.
www.facebook.com/ffwintermidatlantic

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

My internet service has been down since early Saturday morning and continues to be down as I write.  I am at my mother's crib over in Shrewsbury PA.  Tonight things will get a lttle slick for us up here.  I can see an inch of snow with some sleet before we go to rain.  Monday night appears to be a good hit for the Baltimore area north.  Models have been everywhere.  I think this is a 4-8 inch event for Baltimore metro as things stand now.  8 would be north of Baltimore and 4 would be south.  There will be a narrow band of heavy precip and where that sets up will determine where we all finish within that range.  I could see this being a winter storm warning type of event as well if it becomes clear that the heavy precip band will track over Baltimore, otherwise it might be an Advisory for the City South.  Tonight's computer runs should be more revealing, but right now 4-8 inches appears in the cards which if it is confirmed would yield the sought after winter storm watch.  If I can get back online tonight I will try and do a better breakdown.  Looking at maps on a Blackberry is really hard to do, and I have tried to track this event via that device and it is really really hard to make sense of things with slow load times and graphic intensive data.  Pray to the internet God's at Verizon for me so I can get back to storm tracking!  :)

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

Here is a short range model depiction of possible snowfall accums for Tuesday.  It is just one model of many many many possibilities.    There of course are the NAM, EURO, GFS, CAN, JMA, etc.  This is not a forecast, or gospel, but it is a tool to consider amidst many tools.   It is for entertainment purposes only, but it may very well verigy.  We will have to look closely at output tonight in an effort to craft an accurate forecast.  This map is a heads up at what we MIGHT be looking at.   ENJOY  :)

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

verify  LOL!  :-P

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

Well, I better go since this is not my computer or home and mommy is calling me.  *DONT_KNOW* >:o

Tina said...

Weather models on a Blackberry... I get a head-ache just thinking about it.  But, bless your powderhound heart for trying!

Anywoo, perhaps there's another one to look forward to?  From Henry's blog:

3. More storms are following and it looks like winter's end will be delayed for a couple more weeks. We even have a storm around the 26th of the month that needs to be watched carefully for some extreme event.

http://www.accuweather.com/blogs/meteomadness/story/46016/sunday-afternoon-update-in-the-storm.asp

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

No service at home yet so don't know if I will be able to post tonight after this.  Per HPC they are very bullish about a moderate cahnce of AT LEAST 4 inches of snow.  I think a 4-8 forecast is a good bet based on all available info.  Again, midnight runs tonight will be very telling.  40 % in HPC speak is a VERY HIGH CHANCE. It says they are confident. 

BioPat said...

You're thinking is 4-8" north of Baltimore? 

BioPat said...

it appears this storm system will be ushering in that transitioal period of warm/cold weather.  These are the times you have no idea how to prepare - spring clothes one day and back to winter jackets and gloves then next.  Of course, couple this with the fact that this "A" flu is beginning to peak in the Balto area.  Trying to teach over the next few weeks will be trying indeed!

catengers said...

My Mom and Dad came to my nest this evening.

somestars said...

Andy ... wherever you are ...

THANK YOU for your perseverance. I hope you're rewarded with an 8 inch snowfall -- and someone to clear it all away for you (I think it's going to be heavy).

Hoping you'll be up and running soon enough  to enjoy checking the weather stats every five minutes!

NeedaSnowday said...

HOME FROM ORLANDO.... 8-) talk about AMAZING weather.!!!!!!!!   ...  now I need to catch up on sleep and our weather!!

BioPat said...

Welcome home, glad your trip was great 8-) 8-) !  You're home just in time to discuss upcoming storm probability!

JULIE said...

where's Rufus?

hocoKtchr said...

Good question!  Maybe "Rufus the cat" took over and is stopping her from getingt to her computer!!!???  ;)

hocoKtchr said...

I think the DC tv "mets" have jinxed the storm...they have finally acknowledged it...and their early predictions are adding inches of possible snow as each hour of their morning news continues!  At first DC would maybe get an inch...now 2 hours later, DC might get 1-possibly 3 inches! 

Love it!  Faith in the flakes! O:-)   But I really only want a 2 hour delay after having a 4 day weekend in HoCo!  Can't be too greedy!  And the 4th of July is already looming for us as a last day of school!  Plus, I like Andy's springaling comments too!  (Just call me Sybil-definitely with mixed feelings here...snow/spring warmth!)

BioPat said...

Based on everything I am reading it looks like at least a 2 hour delay for safety.

Actually that would be a nice break; this ghas been a tough weekend for us at MSJ as we have honored our collegue this weekend.

terpguy said...

Fallston, 0650- NWS says 3-7" here.

NeedaSnowday said...

Thanks Pat!! As much as I love SNOW.... high to mid 70's with a mild breeze and brilliant sunshine was glorious..  now gloomy cold rain.  Nice wake up call!

Looks like some fun forecasting ahead of us for tomorrow.  Isn't it colder than expected at this time?  Trying to catch up...

hocoKtchr said...

NWS has 3-5" for Frederick but only 1-3" for my school in Ellicott City!  O:-)

hocoKtchr said...

btw, I like FF's ramped up general 3-6" for central MD! O:-)

Matt_74 said...

Still looks good, actually the target area has increased a little since Andy's post yesterday!

Paul ( Owings Mills ) said...

Good morning everyone....I see they have a WSW for Frederick county west....but JB is calling for 3 to 6 iniches in my area. but the NWS is only saying 1 to 2 with more or a mix...and no advisoires ....I have my faith in Justin...So I guess by noon we should prety much know whats going to happen...So I'm going to head out to the mall for a few sales today and check back later...Keep those updates coming.... :-D

Amy said...

Nice to see the chatter back!  It's been very quiet on the comments for awhile.

Paul ( Owings Mills ) said...

<pre>URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
924 AM EST MON FEB 21 2011

MDZ004>007-212230-
/O.EXA.KLWX.WS.A.0004.110222T0200Z-110222T1200Z/
FREDERICK MD-CARROLL-NORTHERN BALTIMORE-HARFORD-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...FREDERICK...WESTMINSTER
924 AM EST MON FEB 21 2011

...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM EST THIS EVENING
THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS
ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM EST
THIS EVENING THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE...MAINLY SNOW. A BRIEF PERIOD OF SLEET IS
POSSIBLE AT THE ONSET.

* ACCUMULATIONS...A POTENTIAL 4 TO 6 INCHES OF SNOW.

* TIMING...SNOW WILL BEGIN THIS EVENING AND CONTINUE OVERNIGHT. THE
HEAVIEST SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND 6AM.

* TEMPERATURES...TEMPERATURES IN THE LOWER 30S THIS EVENING...
DROPPING TO THE MID 20S BY TUESDAY MORNING.

* WINDS...NORTH-NORTHEAST 10 TO 15 MPH.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT
SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO
MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.
</pre>

Paul ( Owings Mills ) said...

Looking Good !!!!! :)

catengers said...

think they just made it a warning well about an hour ago

catengers said...

just heard 5-7

catengers said...

I'm now catengers....I'm surprised ins't laying here in front of me...as he does when I'm doing really well on bejeweled!

catengers said...

Pat, what happened? I'm sorry. Been dealing with vertigo most of the day and i'm just starting to feel somewhat normal (whatever that is :) )

catengers said...

HOCO Friday was just lovely...when I felt the warmth of the sun on my back I was like ahhhh....but then when i got the Winter Storm Warning email this morning I was excited. So i'll be Sybil II....

catengers said...

AKA Rufus~Temps are dropping...off and on  light precip...snowing anywhere around your neck of the woods? Anyone