Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Thinking globally, forecasting locally

NOAA Infrared Full Disk of Pacific
Note new Pineapple Express with
moisture transport from Hawaii 
6:10 PM EST 11/30/11 | On this last official day of the 2011 "Hurricane Season" our team is shifting into winter weather operations, and preparing for the eventual launch of our new globally scalable website in December. The "Regional Roundup" is an example of how our locally relevant forecasting connects readers and clients right with their local  team in one or two clicks. This wide-angle view is an excerpt of today's weather from selected forecast zones  across the U.S. To get your state, county or city, maybe it's time to send in that team application or advance that client prospect...before the weather turns again! 


Forecaster Mark Ingalls from our Pacific Northwest Zone wrote morning that "Washington, Oregon and southwest British Columbia may see some leftover showers this morning, followed by clearing skies this afternoon. Idaho has a chance of precipitation, with rain mostly expected to be confined to the Snake River Valley. W Montana will see snow today with up to 5 inches (12 cm) expected in Great Falls."


NOAA Water Vapor Image for 11/30
Forecaster Robert from our Southeast Wisconsin Zone projects that: "On this last day of November, and we will be transitioning in to December tomorrow. Our forecast is starting to look like December with two snow chances in the forecast. The first comes Thursday night, with a weak low pressure system. This system should not be a big deal, with only maybe 1/2 inch accumulation. A much stronger system will impact our area this Saturday and Sunday. 

Forecaster Jason Isaacs in North Georgia posted in our Metro Atlanta Zone that "after a cold and dreary day with temperatures in the upper 30s area wide, expect the temperatures to drop further tonight. Some drizzle in the metro area and flurries in the mountains tonight. This may lead to some travel issues for the mountains as temperatures under 32 degrees seem to be a possibility for elevations over 1500 feet."

Heading over to the Three Rivers Zone of Metro Pittsburgh, Lead Forecaster Greg Jackson posted this forecast-in-context to what's ahead: "On this last day before meteorological winter begins we are getting a small taste of winter today. Currently we have  rain showers around the area, although a wet snowflake or two is also mixing in. We do not expect any snow accumulation. These showers will diminish by noon, and will just leave us with cloudy skies before some clearing begins tomorrow."

From the White Mountains of northern Vermont, we welcome Regional Forecaster Derek Maroot, who joined our team as an Affiliate over the Thanksgiving Holiday. Outside his busy schedule as a pilot, Derek posted this update in our new Winter Stormcast Zone for Northern New England: "An incredibly mild night across the North Country with temperatures actually rising to early morning highs in the upper 50s for most areas across our region. Gusty south winds will continue throughout the morning, colder temperatures are expected to arrive later in the day as a strong surface low lifts from the Adirondack mountains northward into southern Quebec." 

So what is next? Big changes are coming, both in the weather and in the forecasting of it on this site. With tomorrow being the first day of Meteorological Winter, we will begin to share news of a special event starting next week that will impact all of us in many positive ways. We call it "Redefining December 5th." For our first readers in Maryland, if you know how and where this website got started, have been a part from the start, and are a powderhound year-round...by this time next week, we think you will be very happy with what we have cooking.


Regional Roundup by Aaron Salter, Director of Team Operations
(Forecaster Foot and the U.S. Team)


1 comment:

ravensbbr said...

Congrats on the upgrade and next steps for FF. Gotta say though, that in addition to generally very good forecasts, the ability to post observations and chat with fellow local powderhounds here is what makes the site outstanding to me. Please continue to integrate this capability with the new design of the site.

Otherwise, I'm going to have to yell very loudly to the ENE to have Andy hear how much snow is here in the 800+ foot snowbelt microclimate all of you lowlanders wish you lived in. :-P