Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Lead Forecaster Patrick Ritsko is now posting in the South Florida Zone covering metro Miami to the Keys. Forecaster Nikki Byers leads our Central Virginia Zone and on July 23, Forecaster Greg Jackson returns from sabbatical to launch the Three Rivers Zone for the Pittsburgh metro region.

The sky may be dry, but...

8:30 AM EDT Friday 6/24/2011
Despite relative calm in the weather going into this weekend, major flooding threatens tens of thousands of people in the Missouri Basin of the upper Great Plains. This image from the NWS River Forecast Center for the Missouri Basin shows over a dozen locations from South Dakota to Kansas facing moderate to major flooding over the next 24 hours. The NWS is reporting that "the Missouri River continues to rise, and levee breaches are a major concern in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska. Interstate 29 has been shut down in several locations in Iowa and Missouri. Every bridge crossing from St. Joseph, Mo., to Omaha, Neb., has been closed."

LEVEE FAILURE KETV-7 in Omaha, Nebraska reported a levee failure in Brownville, Neb forcing evacuations of hundreds of residents along I-29. Flood Warnings remain in effect into the weekend across a large portion of the Midwest and Upper Great Plains, from St. Louis, MO to Bismarck, ND as indicated by bright green on the NWS Advisory Map.

Persistent dry and windy conditions in the Southern Plain and Southwest, exacerbated by a long-term drought situation, have led to resurgence in Red Flag Warnings for northern Texas, western Oklahoma, the Four Corners area and northern Arizona. Residents in these areas are urged to avoid outdoor burning of any kind due to high risk of wildfire. In the Mid-South and Northeast, a slight risk of severe weather is denoted for today by the Storm Prediction Center, but otherwise a significant outbreak of thunderstorms or tornadoes is not expected for the next several days.

FIRST REPORT FROM WEATHER CAMP Storm Chaser Vince Webb, operator of the Mississippi Storm Chasing website and a Severe Weather Tracker in our Mississippi Severe page on the FF Southeast Team, filed this special video report from the Jackson State University NCAS Weather Camp in Jackson, Mississippi. A shout out from the entire Foot's Forecast team to all the weather campers of the first 2011 camp, we look forward to learning of the cool knowledge you all have gained in your eye-opening week at camp!

For parents and prospective 2012 student applicants in grades 6-11, get an inside look in our exclusive section developed for the NOAA-funded Weather Camp program. Foot's Forecast is a direct partner with the Howard University-based program in Washington DC and the 12-site network. You can also get a quick photo mosaic of the 2010 camp on the Howard NCAS facebook page. Parents, mark your calendars for the 2012 application, expected for release sometime later this year.

Welcoming Summer
...and new opportunities for you

INTRODUCING NEW FORECASTERS The Eastern U.S. Team of Foot's Forecast is stoked to introduce three new forecasters since June 1:

Jeremy Michael, a senior in Meteorology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, has joined as an Associate Forecaster in the FF Potomac Ridge & Valley Zone of western MD, West Virginia and Northern Virginia.

Andy Smith, a weather enthusiast, storm chaser, and graduate of Gloucester High School in southeast Virginia, is our newest Associate Forecaster in the FF Virginia Tidewater Zone including the southern Chesapeake Bay region.

Samantha Hilbert, a senior at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, will be coming on board in as a Special Reports Forecast in FF Mid-Atlantic Severe Weather on facebook.

Give it up for these innovative new members! If you have been waiting for the right time to get your application rolling, do it now while the weather is cutting us a break. Stop on over to our team center or look over the application.

Calm in some places, but not everywhere

3:30 PM Wednesday 6/22/2011 | The first full day following arrival of the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere is mostly calm across North America as most students and families are welcoming a long-awaited start to the vacation season. This traditionally "sun-splashed" week of late sunsets and early sunrises does not come without challenges. Consider these high impact problems affecting some regions in a less-than-calm day, for them:

1) The tireless workers of the Texas Forest Service, among many other public and fire safety crews have made progress in containing a recent spate of wildfires in Texas. However, Excessive Heat Warnings are posted for the far desert southwest, as temperatures near 115 with even higher heat indices are being reported in the Yuma Valley and metro Phoenix.

2) On-going river valley flooding is prevalent in the Upper Mississippi Valley as evidenced by the bright green Flood Warnings as shown on the NWS Advisory Map, including eastern South Dakota and the Omaha Valley.

3) Severe Thunderstorm Watches are posted for the Eastern Great Lakes and in the Southeast, as daytime heating and upper level instability may fuel severe storms this evening.

4) Other than an open Tropical Wave approaching the Bahamas just north of Hispanola, the Atlantic Basin and Eastern Pacific are generally quiet, but tropical breeding grounds in the eastern Caribbean and south-central Atlantic remain up to 2 degrees F above normal.

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