Saturday, May 21, 2011

Welcoming a glorious weekend
for multi-state outdoor events
10:00 AM EDT Saturday 5/21/11 Residents of the East Coast finally get to bask in the pleasantries of a sun-splashed Saturday as high pressure dominates the surface from New England to the Gulf coast. However, thoughts and concerns also remain focused on the on-going and catastrophic Mississippi River flooding across the Deep South. In support of weather safety and public awareness, our Forecast Team and Advisors are volunteering or producing forecasts in multiple states today, covering a Hurricane Expo, the Maryland Preakness and Severe Weather potential. Among the highlights for today:

In Central Florida
Our team is co-hosting a booth at the TAMPA BAY HURRICANE EXPO, represented by Lead Forecaster Matt Bolton of the Central Florida Zone, and Meteorologist/Advisor H. Michael Mogil of How The Weatherworks, a weather education and training company partnered with Foot's Forecast. This successful outdoor festival/program, hosted by the Tampa Museum of Science & Industry (known as MOSI) promotes public awareness and preparation in advance of the hurricane season each year. It really is a fun-filled, family-oriented event that helps businesses and communities alike familiarize with the steps needed to be well-prepared for a hurricane. Thinking about hosting one in your state, visit the 30-second Youtube video spotfor ideas on how to make it real.

The Tampa Expo is appropriately timed with yesterday's release of NOAA's 2011 Hurricane Season Forecast, in which federal meteorologists project 12 to 18 named storms, 6 to 10 hurricanes and 3 to 6 major hurricanes. The multi-state* Tropical Team of Foot's Forecast has recently collaborated to produce our seasonal Hurricane Forecast, during which we project 15 named storms, 7 hurricanes and 4 majors. The scientific rationale of our call is being organized into a 1-page "2011 Tropical Forecast Summary" to be initially available as a PDF upon request by emailing us at

In Central Maryland
We were invited to collaborate with The Baltimore Sun to produce today's exclusive video forecast for the 136th racing of the Preakness at Pimlico Race-track in Central Maryland. Our video is posted toward bottom of the Sun website, and you can get the latest on race day events from the Baltimore Sun's Preakness site.

From the West to the Deep South
Despite a quieter weekend in some locations, many other members of the Foot's Forecast team are quietly going about their job to provide collaborative weather prediction and education outreach in multiple states across the U.S.

In Washington State, Forecaster Mark Ingalls of the Pacific Northwest page keeps watch in our on the next event aiming for the Oregon coast, while Storm Chaser/Forecaster Vince Webb in Central Mississippi monitors for the next tornado outbreak potential. Forecaster Jeremy Buckles, a student at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, has posted a welcoming and calm weekend outlook for the region in our East Tennessee page. Affliliate Forecaster Joe Puma of metro Chicago in between enjoying the welcome nice weather in the Midwest, posted a weekend forecast discussion at the Puma Weather Center on the next potential for Severe weather.

*Multi-state Tropical Team collaborators on 2011 forecast:
Daniel Ross, graduate in Meteorology (Georgia Tech) & Southeast Administrator
Paul Prance, gradate in Engineering (Georgia Tech) & Central Georgia Forecaster
Jason Mitchell, Lead Forecaster - Capital Region & Central Maryland
Matt Bolton, Lead Forecaster - Central Florida & Weather Camp graduate

Forrest Palmer, Southeast Team, Forecaster & Education Outreach Advisor
H. Michael Mogil, Meteorologist - How The Weatherworks
Dr. Pete Winstead, Meteorologist 

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