Monday, January 23, 2012

Get ready for round two

Current image of infrared satellite, surface pressure
and radar from the PSU e-wall
8:45 AM CST 1/23/12 | The low pressure system and cold front responsible for firing off Sunday's severe weather event in the Mid-South has produced a new round of Tornado Watches for portions of Alabama and Georgia until 5:00 PM local time. As the Pacific Northwest slowly climbs out of their ice-encrusted reality, the Northeast is also dealing with a similar winter weather threat. Low-level surface "cold air damming" from central Maryland to Massachusetts to Maine has prompted widespread Freezing Rain Advisories and Winter Weather Advisories across the region. The image below from the NWS Eastern Region headquarters shows the extent of current winter weather statements.

On this diverse day of hazardous weather, as always we urge readers to remain alert to changing conditions, allow extra commuting time, and stay close to your latest NWS forecast office for any watches or warnings. Our team continues to report on these events in our 30+ forecast zones in facebook. To locate the forecast zone nearest you, search for "Foot's Forecast" in facebook. 

If you recently met our Leadership Team at the American Meteorological Society conference in New Orleans, and are interested in joining our team, our online application is available by clicking the "Opening Doors For You" image at left.  

Collaborating to save lives 
and protect property

7:45 AM CST 1/23/12 | Following Sunday's severe weather event in the Mid-South  the loproduced at least 21 suspected tornadoes across 4 states, including 35 reports of hail, some up to 2" in diameter and 118 wind reports. 

The hardest hit was Arkansas, as noted in an update by Affiliate Forecaster Wesley H. ConvectiveWeather at 8:00 PM last night, stating "Strong to severe storms continue to race off toward the north and east across Arkansas this evening. Over the last 15-20 minutes, there have been signs of these storms becoming more linear in nature.several well-organized supercells are noted on radar and are capable of isolated tornadoes (some of which could be strong), damaging winds, and large hail." 

Forecaster Wesley from Texas was one of five college and high school Affiliates or Forecasters on our team who interacted with professionals and meterorologists in managing this outbreak while balancing homework with an eye on the playoff games. From early morning on Sunday to well after midnight this morning, our Severe Weather Team provided updates to our Southeast, Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic pages, reposted NWS watches and warnings for their local zones, and collaborated across multiple states in Facebook. 

Our thanks also goes to Southeast Region Director Daniel Ross, Central Mississippi Meteorologist Shundra Stewart, Metro Atlanta Forecaster and Gwinett County Schools science teacher Jason Isaacs, Mid-Atlantic Forecaster Josh Owens of Maryland Weather Center, Central Virginia Forecaster Nikki Byers, Severe Weather Coordinator Jason Mitchell of our Capital Region, and Forecaster Jason Warren of the Ohio Valley. 
*links are to forecast zones in Facebook.

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