Monday, February 13, 2012

Hanging by a flake...

2:25 PM EST 2/13/12 | While Mid-Atlantic weather is quiet for today, we figured you would "like" this beautiful photo* submitted to Meteorologist & Team Advisor Justin Berk* by a Maryland reader during the weekend snow event. Many thanks to Powderhound Christa Lester for keeping "Faith in the flakes" and showing use the deep beauty of nature in her finest moments.


Maryland Powderhounds 
keeping Faith in the Flakes 
For teachers and students interested in the scientific angle on this, notice the fading crystalline structure of the flake as sublimation was in progress due to the dry air mass in place. During this snow event, many readers reported very tiny, granular snowflakes, indicative of rather cold air at lower and mid-levels where snow formation was taking place. Temperatures at 5,000 feet in much of the Mid-Atlantic were -6 to -10 C. For more about the science of snow on this NOAA site.  (*Facebook link to the original photo).  

(Mr. Foot and Mr. Berk)  

6 comments:

Morpheus - Woodmore, MD said...

BUG KAHUNA - just another stink bug? The 7 day forecast puts Washington metro at a high of 50 degrees for both Saturday and Sunday.Come on Artic breakout!!!

Andy, Southern York County, PA said...

I wouldn't say that at this timeframe.  There is a STRONG SIGNAL for a significant coastal storm.  At this point it is just a signal but it is showing up in various forms on most guidance. 
I would not take any model run verbatim at this time frame, but this is our best chance all season and it is legitimate.  8-)   Beyond 5 days models are pretty bad with details, but the ingrediants are on the table for a large storm and the devil as always is in the details.  Latest UKMET shows an all out blizzard, Euro shows a snowstorm for parts of NC and VA.  12z GFS had elements of a storm that did not fully come together.  Point is the SIGNAL is there and it is worth following, as the evolution of the details will slowly come together.  Those 7 day forecasts are computer generated and have no value as they will change from day to day.

ravensbbr said...

It has been pretty wild to watch the GFS model change it's silicon mind over this one several times. Wonderful thing about weather: we're not in control of it, gotta read the rest of the story to see how it plays out.  :-D

BUG KAHUNA OR BUST!!! (Needy, we're going to need an symbolic avatar pic for this one if it plays out, get working on that, will ya?) :-P

BioPat said...

It would be nice to see something come of the postential currently on the radar.  However, it is too far out to do anything but watch.  At least, my husband is now listening and not saying it will be 50 on Sunday!  72 hour window, and we'll know much more - maybe after all it is the winter of 2012! :-$

Andy, Southern York County PA said...

You are married to Morpheus?  Congratulations and Happy Valentine's  Day! :*

ravensbbr said...

Wow, who knew? Congrats!

Unless your husband is a completely seperate individual from Morpheus, in which case...rather awkward! Either way, everyone have a Happy V-Day from your country friends here in NE CC!!!