Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tricky and Windy getting to the Turkey

1:50 PM EST 11/23/2011 | THANKSGIVING WEATHER REPORT | Below are excerpts of an article posted on Examiner.com by Meteorologist and Team Advisor H. Michael Mogil.  followed by an overview by Forecaster Mark Ingalls on the Pineapple Express, now reaching the Pacific Northwest. We would also like to share the exciting news that two of our high school forecasters are performing or supporting the 85th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday in New York City. The full story in our Foot's Forecast | United States public information page in Facebook. 

"For the past two weeks, computer forecast models have been indicating an East Coast storm on or just before Thanksgiving Day 2011.  The models have oscillated on the placement and strength of the expected storm. The models have also indicated a very stormy period for the Pacific Northwest."
Now, as the Thanksgiving Day weekend arrives, "both significant weather events are taking shape."  For the millions in motion on one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, plan ahead now for what will be a tricky time just getting TO the turkey. Leave as early as you can, pack extra patience.  
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SYNOPSIS: (Derived from Mr. Mogil's article) Thanksgiving Day travel will be impacted by two storms reaching different parts of the country. 

Storm # 1 arrived on the southern California coast Monday, is heading through the Southern Plains today on a path to New York City by Wednesday. This storm will deliver copious precipitation up to 2 inches over a large area of the Mid-South to the Mid-Atlantic as it intensifies heading northeast.  South of the low pressure center, the severe weather threat could include tornadoes in the Carolinas. In New England, as shown in the NWS Forecast Map above,  heavy snow is likely from Vermont to Maine. 

Storm # 2, now reaching the Pacific Northwest, is riding along an oceanic & atmospheric phenomena known as the Pineapple Express. Forecaster Mark Ingalls from southwest Washington State has posted an overview of the "PinEX"  in his local-focally zone at Tri-Cities Weather. This storm will spread strong winds, heavy coastal rain up to 4 inches and inland mountain snows of several feet along a huge swath of the Coast Ranges from central California northward into British Columbia.  THE FULL ARTICLE is available on Examiner.com (Lead Advisor Mr. Foot)

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