Thursday, December 1, 2011

Re-defining December Fifth

2:00 PM EST 12/1/11  With sunshine in the east as a winter storm rolls over the Rockies, our team is looking toward a key date in the minds of many readers: The fifth of December. For at least 5 of the past 10 years in the Mid-Atlantic, measureable snow has occurred on or been associated with this date in some way (such as Dec 4-5, 2002). The Capital Weather Gang of the Washington Post notes in a December 2010 article that since the 1880's, climate records show 11 events delivered measureable snow to our Nation's capital on December 5.

This year, we will mark 12/5 not just with news of possible snow, but with the first public glimpse of ground-breaking redesign of the entire Foot's Forecast experience. It is our team's way of extending appreciation to the many loyal readers in our midst. We know many thousands of you have relied on us as your go-to source for weather since the founding of this organization on January 26, 2004. As 2011 begins to sunset, we open a new chapter...or rather...a new book in the history of Foot's Forecast.

THE PLAN By December 5th, we plan to provide our readers with the first look at our new local forecast zone to be housed with the globally scalable website. The site is designed to be "web filter, Mac and PC friendly" for students, educators, schools and offices. The best part is that all our forecast reports posted on the site will be instantly republished to facebook and twitter, presented in a clean interface and structured by a top-flight content management system.

Our team is grateful to the tireless work of the Web Development Team at DSoft Technology, Inc. in Colorado Springs for leading this effort.  We are proud to count them as a partner and highly recommend DSoft to our readers as an excellent resource for Web Design, Custom IT Support and even Education Training and Management Systems. 

Phase One will focus on just one zone, in Central Maryland. Other zones for all our readers will be in development and roll out in stages over the winter. All our facebook content will continue unaffected. All other content and updates on this page will continue, but under the original URL of Tabs like the Winter Stormcast Zone and other tabs for Eastern, Central, Western will continue. A link will be posted on the landing page of the new for easy access back to this site. 

FOR NETWORK SERVICE MANAGERS Our team has been closely collaborating with the DSoft Staff to assure a smooth transition and little or no surprises for you. The URL will not change much at all, so all those visiting will simply encounter a new landing page.  On Friday 12/2/11, an FAQ sheet will be available for issuance directly to Network Technicians upon request via email: send a request to

We look forward to sharing with you in the excitement of a new meaning for December 5. Whether there will be snow or not in your neighborhood, we now we can all share in the fun of marking this special day. For us, December 5 will be the day when the spirit of collaboration  took on new direction, led by the passion of engaged students and professionals driven to innovate new opportunities that advance America's competitiveness in math and science.  

From all of us at Foot's Forecast, thanks for your support and Happy December!

The U.S. Officer and Advisory Team
Rich Foot, Chairman and CEO
Keith Krichinsky, Chief Operating Officer
Brad Lear, Chief Financial Officer
Forrest Palmer, Student Outreach Advisor
Dr. Nathaniel Winstead, Research Meteorologist
H. Michael Mogil, Certified Consulting Meteorologist
Randall Hergert, Staff Meteorologist
Kevin Selle, Website Project Manager

The U.S. Leadership Team
Aaron Salter, Director of Team Operations
Nick Sirico, Southeast Systems Administrator
Diandre Williams, Director of Strategic Media
Dakota Smith, Mid-Atlantic Team Director
Daniel Ross, Southeast Team Director
Nikki Byers, Director of Forecaster Outreach
Greg Jackson, Pennsylvania Team Leader


Tina said...

Well Mark, don't let the door hit you on the way out!

On second thought....

Amy said...

Mark- It's too bad that you have mistaken the excitiement over snow for gloating.  They have done a phenomenal job of interpreting data in such a way that anyone can understand it.  In addition, they have gotten kids excited in meteorology in a way that is inexplicable.  Conner M. is one of my students and he has gotten an education that is unreal due to the dedication of Mr. Foot. 

Feel free to take the negativity elsewhere.

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.

<span>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. <img></img></span>

Tina said...

Pow.der.hound.  Pow.der.hound.  Pow.der.hound.

Just practicing for the real deal this winter, hopefully!  How is it possible we're almost TWO YEARS on from the blizzard of 12/09???

Jason Mitchell said...

Hi Mark,
Please elaborate how certain forecasts such as our latest winter forecast are based solely off the NWS. This forecast was put together as a result of several hours of our team's collaboration over the last several weeks.

Forecaster Jason

Mr. Foot - Dundalk, MD said...

Thanks Forecaster Jason. Our bad for not pointing out the work across the team.

In reference to these statements, I offer the following evidence below:
"<span>more posts have been about yourself rather than the weather"</span>
"<span>relaying what the National Weather Service has already discussed."</span>
"<span>mislead[ing] organization when I see one."</span>

Metro New York:
(led in the spare time of a high school senior, Forecaster Mike)

Northern New England:
(led by a professional pilot)

The Tropical Zone:
(led by a Meteorology Graduate Student at Georgia Tech)

Pacific Northwest
(led by a high school student in Washington State)

South Florida:
(led by a Meteorology student in Miami-- originally from Dundalk of all places)

hocoKtchr said...

I am thinking that you did not learn the, "If you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all..." little rule in kindergarten.  It's a shame. It's fine to ask questions and to repectfully disagree with someone, but as Taylor Swift sings, "Why ya gotta be so MEAN?"  

I echo those folks that mentioned that you can choose to go elsewhere to a site you feel is "less pathetic."  Good luck finding that....

Mr. Foot - Dundalk, MD said...

The team wishes to thank Forecasters Greg Jackson, Jason Mitchell, Connor Meehan, Ross Harris and Meteorologist/Advisor Dr. Pete Winstead for their work on the 2011-2012 Winter Forecast details.

You can read the information in 2 posts in the Winter Stormcast Zone on facebook: which will also be moved over to the current WSC tab on this site.