Friday, March 16, 2012

Reality check time. 
Has our luck run out?

The Washington DC Cherry Blossoms nearing full bloom 
Photo by the Thompson family on a recent visit to DC

11:55 AM EDT 3/16/12 
(Meteorologist Mogil, Forecasters Natoli and Foot) Sunshine, blue skies, warm temperatures... but not for everyone. While the western U.S. coast receives a strong storm system today, and severe weather broke wide open in the Great Lakes last night, folks in the East get to rest on their laurels and will avoid the perils afflicting other part of the country, right? Not so fast.

Upper level wind flow map in Mike Mogil's article

READY FOR THE TRUTH? The Washington Cherry Blossom Festival may actually be the next target for some significant weather heading that way at the tail end of next week's pre-Spring lull. For the eyebrow-raising details on what fate may befall the lovely DC blossoms, you'd better take a look at this special article in by Meteorologist / Advisor Mike Mogil. 

IN THE WEST The main story in the western U.S. continues to be in the Foot's Forecast | Pacific Northwest as a slow moving storm dumps in more precipitation in that region. Heavy wet snow in the Cascades and the Sierra Nevadas will accumulate several feet as coastal areas receive a strong lashing of wind-swept rain to start festivities for St. Patrick's Day.

ALONG THE CENTER The tornado outbreak in the Great Lakes and Michigan overnight Thursday into Friday was a reminder that this fluctuating pattern continues to deliver high impact weather with little advance notice. Today, an increased risk of thunderstorms is observed in the southern Plains and the Southeast, which may become severe over Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. In the northern Plains, a large portion of counties have Red Flag Warnings in place because of dry and windy conditions increasing the chances for fire. 

IN THE EAST While folks in eastern states have been enjoying the unusual warmth the past week, repercussions are coming for this area sooner than later. The remnants of the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley storm system have moved to the East, bringing some scattered thunderstorms.

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