Sunday, April 29, 2012

"...the bright side of every day."

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"...the bright side of every day."
- Lyrics from Better Together by Ross Lynch

Forecasters Nikki B., Megan A., Joey K and Meagan B. 

8:40 AM EDT 4/29/12 (Forecasters Mike N. and Mr. Foot) - It's a stormy sandwich across the country heading into the new work week. As the band of scattered showers moves out to sea Saturday night, nice weather will enter into the east and the west, while the center stays stormy. This weekend also provided a brighter side to weather for those visiting the Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, DC. Our team has had a blast working together sharing passion for weather and education outreach together with the many parents and students at the event. We hope you can stop by to see us if you're at the festival. 

EAST- Some clouds will be around to start the day Sunday, but many regions from Boston to Orlando will see a nice day! The exception lies in the Carolinas were a few scattered showers and storms are possible. South of Orlando though, a slew of tropical moisture is making for an unfortunately wet weekend for readers or vacationers in our South Florida & The Keys zone. Check there for more details on the influx of tropical moisture and when it will pull out! For those visiting the USA science and engineering festival in Washington D.C., you can look forward to a nice Sunday afternoon after spending time at the exhibits. For local details, please visit our forecast page for The Capital Region!

MIDWEST- Most of the storminess Sunday will be concentrated from Texas up through Oklahoma and Missouri, then into the western Ohio River Valley. Please see the map attached for more details on the possible locations for storms Sunday. The good news is that with the storms comes a relief from the heat in the southern plains, with widespread 70s and 80s likely rather than 90s and 100s. The central and northern plains will be a little on the cool side with more 50s and 60s north of I-70 besides some 70s right around that line. 

WEST- The dry trend is winning out on the west coast but we won't be as warm as we have already seen this April in many places across the west. A few showers are possible in the Pacific Northwest again, but nothing major. Have a wonderful Sunday!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

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Hope Springs Eternal
-Alexander Pope in "An Essay on Man"

Image credit: Alabama-based blog I Bleed Crimson Red

7:00 AM EDT 4/28/12 (Forecaster Mike N.) - As those in Birmingham and across the Southeast mark one year this weekend since the tragic events of the April 27-28, 2011 tornado outbreak, temperatures across the country remain in a contrast of cool to the north and warm to the south, but at least will not be as extreme as the last few days. 

HEAT RELIEF? This early season heat wave is winding down to a close now in the southern Plains, with a wide swath of highs in the 80s coming up and some 90s, but the 100s will be pushed back for the time being. Enjoy the break in those regions before the heat comes back in the summer! A few scattered storms will be possible across north Texas and Oklahoma. Areas like our Foot's Forecast | Central Florida zone will see a very nice weekend under the hot Florida sun! 

FLASHBACK NORTHEAST  Portions of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast will be plummeting Friday night with temperatures. With a huge area of Frost and Freeze warnings out for Saturday morning, many planters must be on the alert for the dangers of a freeze to the crops. One area that will be seeing very chilly temperatures is the Foot's Forecast | Southeast Pennsylvania zone, which covers the Philadelphia metro. Rain will seep into these regions late on Saturday, but it will be a rather chilly day over all, especially considering that it is almost May! 

SCIENCE FESTIVAL A reminder that members of our Mid-Atlantic Team will be holding forth at the USA Science & Engineering Festival at the Washington DC Convention Center. Look for us with the National Weather Camp Program booth in the Sea & Sky Exhibit Area and follow this link to the science festival website to see other exhibitors in the area.

SWATH OF SHOWERS Another swath of scattered showers and storms will be stretched across the country from Montana to New Jersey, arriving at the coast Saturday night. The good news is that the Pacific Northwest will start to dry out again, with the exception of some scattered showers (or even snow showers for highest elevations) near the coastline. Dryness is not good news for the southwest at this point, but unfortunately, rain is not in sight for that regions at the time. 

Stay tuned for more and have a wonderful weekend! 

Friday, April 27, 2012

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Celebrating A Weekend Of Science

7:05 AM EDT 4/27/12 (Forecaster Mike N.) Neither the hot weather in the south and the cool weather in the northeast is yielding to the other this week, which is both calming adding fuel to the weather pattern! On one hand, we have a rapid fire of storms moving through the area in between these air passes, but on the other, they are weak storms that are getting forced down into the east, then out, giving little time to strengthen. 

GET FESTIVE! On Saturday in the Eastern Mid-Atlantic, though scattered showers can't be ruled out later in the day in with cool highs around 55ºF. That sure won't dampen a passion for epic fun science, to be shared by thousands at the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington DC. Our team will be on site in the Sea & Sky Exhibit of Program Hall A, Booth 3847 with our partner, the National CAREERS Weather Camp Program. We'd love to shake hands with our favorite fans! Featured below are some former Weather Campers who are now Foot's Forecasters! Can you tell which ones? 

Interested in Summer Weather Camp? 

HEAT - The territory owned by the heat right now is the area stretching from Texas to Georgia with a huge swath of 80s and 90s coming in on Friday. Some isolated 100s are possible in portions of Texas, but as a whole, it will be much cooler from the extreme heat of Wednesday and Thursday. Temperatures will be warm, but not significantly above average in the Foot's Forecast | Metro Atlanta & North Georgia with highs in the 80s and some isolated thunderstorms possible. 

COOL - On the flipside, cool and welcomely dry conditions will dominate the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, with below average highs fairly common. Many places typically in the upper 60s or 70s this time of year will have difficulty getting to 60º. For example, BWI in the Foot's Forecast (Central Maryland) zone has an average high of 68º, but highs will likely be only in the upper 50s to around 60. 

SEVERE  - There is fortunately not a significant threat for severe weather on Friday, but there is certainly a chance for some showers and thunderstorms to become strong across the mid-latitudes of the country. Lots of rain is also likely across the northern plains as the next storm system becomes organized clearing the mountains. The severe risk Friday does include the Foot's Forecast | Kansas City Metro region. 

DRYING OUT - The west will begin to dry out, but especially towards the Northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest, some lingering showers are possible through Friday. Those are the areas though that don't need the rain, while the drought areas of the SW will remain dry, but nice. Have a wonderful Friday!

Thursday, April 26, 2012


One Year Ago...

Storm Prediction Center preliminary 
report from April 27, 2011 showed 292 tornadoes

7:50 AM EDT 4/26/12 (Forecaster Mike N.) One year ago, the weather pattern was much different around the country. That pattern was what was able to fuel the April 25-27 Tornado Outbreak that will be remembered for its unprecedented impact and tragic destruction. 

Today in the Southeast - Just one year makes a big difference in many of the regions hard hit by last spring's outbreak, including the Foot's Forecast | Central Mississippi and Foot's Forecast | East Tennessee zones. Those regions will see some scattered thunderstorms with a slight potential to become strong or severe, but this will be no where near last year's event. A dipping jet stream over the east reduces the chance for severe rather than a big ridge. 

Record heat coming? - The southern plains roasted Wednesday, and unfortunately, another scorcher is coming to West and Central Texas on Thursday. The heat will be abated in the central and northern plains, but some places near the Rio Grande Valley and all across central Texas could reach into the 100s again. 

Classic April in the Mid-Atlantic - A frontal boundary will set up across the Mid-Atlantic region Thursday causing warmth to seep into the southern Mid-Atlantic, while the northern portions and the Northeast remain cool. A weak storm system will try to push along this boundary, bringing showers and possibly thunderstorms to the coast. 

Drought help in the west - The west will be wet for a large portion of the region, with widely scattered showers all across the region from Washington to Colorado. All of this rain is actually making for flood concerns in portions of Idaho, but the drought in the Southwest is still running a rainfall deficit not too far away at all. 

Have a wonderful (and much calmer) Thursday for most.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

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Fire in the sky

Photo credit: Seattle Post-Intelligencer of the
Popocatépetl Volcano near Mexico City

8:25 AM EDT 4/25/12 (Forecaster Mike) Without that strong storm having finally departed the Northeast, the weather pattern has become quiet once again in most parts of the country. However, our neighbor to the south is still worrying about volcanic troubles courtesy of a geologic feature known as "smoking mountain."  

VOLCANO WEATHER? Portions of Mexico City have been on high alert since April 13th when the Popocatépetl Volcano became active. While it has yet to experience a major eruption, its last such event in 2000 caused major problems to the area, so authorities remain on alert. The volcano has continues to spew ash into the atmosphere around one of the largest cities in the world, keeping residents and emergency managers alike on edge. "The picture attached to this update shows a recent image of the almost 18,000 foot high volcano, credited to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

SLIGHTLY SEVERE HERE Back in our country, one storm system will try to get organized as it slides southeastward from the Northern Plains on Wednesday. Some severe weather may develop associated with this storm through Illinois and into the Ohio Valley, especially late in the day. Please stay tuned to the Foot's Forecast | Ohio Valley Severe Weather for local weather updates and the National Weather Service for any watches or warnings. 

FRESH RAIN FOR THE WEST While the west has been without any organized storm systems for a few days, the next one will pound ashore into the Pacific Northwest, impacting our Seattle & The Sound zone with fresh rainfall for the region. Also, the drought-ridden Southwest coast will get some wet weather coming in on Wednesday, providing some very welcome relief as we head closer to summer! The greatest risk for rainfall in those regions, including southern California will be later into the day. 

SCORCHING IN THE PLAINS! In the southern Plains, we will be just plain scorching! Many places across Central and Western Texas could surpass the 100º mark, with 90s plentiful across a huge portion of the region as well. Though it is only April, better take extra time to stay hydrated and keep that water intake up. 

COOLER IN THE EAST In the east, temperatures may warm up slightly from Monday, but generally it will be another cool day with a trough still remaining in place on Wednesday. A few showers will be possible once again, but no widespread rainfall yet. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

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Here it comes...and there it went

NOAA animation of the April 2012 Spring Storm in the Northeast

10:45 PM EDT 4/24/12 (Forecaster Mike) - The Out of Season Nor'easter is winding down now, as the last bits of rain and snow have finally dissipated in the Northeastern states. You may have been wondering how such a snowstorm could happen this time of year. The answer lies in the same thing that allowed for the October 2011 snowstorm: Dynamic Cooling. A brief explanation of this phenomenon was included in the previous lead story from yesterday. For some locations in Pennsylvania and New York, the apparent hype was warranted. Selected snowfall acccumulations through Monday night:
  • 23 inches - Laurel Summit, PA (Somerset County, southern PA) 
  • 9 inches - Acme, PA (Westmoreland County, southwest PA)
  • 8 inches - Phillipsburg, PA (Centre County, central PA
FEATURED LOCAL ZONE. Snow showers are continuing on and off for our Foot's Forecast | Central Pennsylvania zone, as posted in their Facebook page.

REMEMBERING LA PLATA Ten years ago this week, on a warm April afternoon the lives of an entire Maryland town were changed forever. It was the April 28, 2002 LaPlata tornado, and the memories for some are still fresh. Our Affiliate in Southern Maryland, the Maryland Weather Center (MWC)  - lead by Forecaster Josh Owens, in partnership with our Capital Region Team of the Washington DC metro area is commemorating the lessons learned and the recovery from this most unusual of tornadoes to ever strike Maryland. Please visit the MWC website for videos and special reports coming up this week.

WHAT'S COMING NEXT? Behind this storm, we have a trough digging into the eastern half of the country, bringing below average temperatures to many people in that region.  This will change the general storm track over the next week compared to what we have been seeing. Storms will start to dive very quickly out of the northern Rockies, then slide along the Ohio River Valley and then out.

THE PATTERN AHEAD We  expect multiple storms to follow this same track this week into next, which will make for some tiringly repetitive rain over the next week or so. The good news is that this storm track makes it very difficult to wind up any severe weather! While scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible across the east, it will be very difficult to get a major severe weather outbreak with a deep eastern trough. 

TOASTY IN THE MIDDLE Right in the middle of all of this is our Kansas City Metro zone. The jet stream is taking a dive right over Missouri, so we will end up with a very unique Tuesday with highs in the 80s, while we could be seeing highs 10º cooler just across the state in St. Louis. Temperatures will continue dropping as you head east, to the February or March-like weather that will be common around the eastern Great Lakes. Stay tuned for more and have a wonderful Tuesday! 

WEST IS AGAIN BEST If there's a trough in the east, there is quite often a ridge in the west. Tuesday will be another warm day across much of the west, but we will again see a large area in which scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible. We don't have any organized storm systems moving into the west at the time, but that does not eliminate the chance for some pop-up showers and thunderstorms. 

Enjoy this brief respite from the recent stormy pattern, and have a great Tuesday! 

Sunday, April 22, 2012

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"Say it isn't so"

Photo from the Slusser family outside State College, PA
as rain changed to snow around 9:30 AM this morning
Winter Storm Warnings: Western PA to southern NY 
Extensive power outages expected in Appalachians
Flood Watches in eastern New England


11:20 AM EDT 4/23/12 Millions of residents along the Appalachians may have spoken this lyric from Hall & Oates when they awoke to snow this morning.  This bizarrely historic Spring storm that has already turned rain to snow in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania, according to several reader reports from earlier this morning. 

It's supposed to be Spring! How is this happening? Scientifically it's very interesting to forecasters that an almost August-like sun angle this time of the year can even permit accumulating snow in places that were 75 F on Friday! As our meteorologists say, the reason why this can occur in a "rain changing to snow" situation like is seen in the Appalachians is due to  "dynamic cooling." This 1998 research paper by a National Weather Service meteorologist notes an example of when this process has produced snowfall following rain, in the case of a February 1998 storm in Tennessee:
"dynamic cooling was the primary mechanism that resulted in cooling the lower and middle levels of the atmosphere, allowing the rain to change to snow much earlier than anyone expected." (The article goes on to provide a working definition: "Dynamic cooling is therefore the cooling that results from decreasing pressure."                          - Henry Steigerwaldt, Science and Operations Officer - NWSO Nashville, Tennessee 
How much snow then? Lower elevations of areas appearing to receive snow in the radar may only eek out an inch or two, (that's still pretty epic for April!) higher elevations above 1500 feet are likely to see 10 or more inches. This may produce crippling effects in those areas which could equal the power outage problems following the October 2011 storm. Please scroll down to our earlier statements for an overview of impacts expected in this event.

April 22-29, in addition to being recognized as Earth Week, is also NOAA's first ever nation-wide Severe Weather Awareness Week. This wild but timely Spring Storm gives all of us a fresh reminder of the value of being prepared for all weather hazards, regardless of the time of year.  Visit the NOAA site for more details on how you can keep your family or business well-prepared for Severe Weather in the months ahead.

Storm Impact Statement  
Forecasters Andrew Barney, Jason Mitchell, Greg Jackson

6:30 PM EDT 4/22/12 Winter Storm Warnings are in effect until tomorrow night for much of western Maryland and western Pennsylvania including the Laurel Highlands. This storm is likely to produce 12 or more inches overnight Sunday into Monday in these areas, as noted by the latest snowfall projections of the State College PA National Weather Service. Impact in western Pennsylvania and New York may be equal or greater than the October 2011 storm, including:
  • Low visibility from high snowfall rates in short periods of time
  • Numerous road closures and delays due to downed trees
  • Thousands of power outages and interrupted public services
  • Disrupted ground and air transportation in local airports
  • Delays or cancellations for some schools and colleges
Our Three Rivers Team in metro Pittsburgh is tracking the event closely on their local forecast page in Facebook. Please visit their page for the latest updates on this significant event. Regional updates on impacts in the Mid-Atlantic are also posted in our Winter Stormcast page.

4:00 PM EDT 4/22/12 A strong low pressure system is rapidly moving towards the area, and there is significant snowfall potential in western Maryland, western Pennsylvania, and the mountains of West Virginia. Here is an overview of the timing of the storm and locations most affected:

TIMING: Rain and snow has begun to overspread these areas from south to north. 
  • Sunday PM: Precipitation rates will become moderate to heavy by the predawn hours Monday, and a changeover of rain to snow is expected likely by sunrise. 
  • Monday PM: Precipitation intensity will wane by late afternoon, although there will be a few lingering snow showers through the evening hours. All precipitation should end Tuesday morning.

AMOUNTS: Despite temperatures have reached the 70s on Friday, a

 heavy, wet snow is expected across the region tonight into Monday. In higher elevations above 1500 feet, 6-12” of snow is expected with less than 6 inches in lower elevations and primarily on grassy surfaces. A total snowfall graphic by the State College NWS is shown below:

IMPACTS: The main concern for most areas will be reduced visibilities and a potential for some slushy road conditions. The areas most affected by this storm will be along the higher elevations of mountains and ridge tops. 

If snowfall becomes this heavy in the regions highlighted in bright white on the map above, downed trees and power lines will become a concern because trees are now almost in full leaf at this point. These areas could see up to a foot of snow, with upward potential. 

(Forecaster Andrew B., Contributor: Forecaster Jason M.)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

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High impact snow event 
for Western Pennsylvania


12:20 PM EDT 4/22/12 Winter Storm Watches are in effect for all of western Maryland and western Pennsylvania including the Laurel Highlands. This storm is likely to produce 12 or more  inches overnight Sunday into Monday, with impacts in western Pennsylvania and New York equal or greater than the October 2011 storm. 

Our Three Rivers Team in metro Pittsburgh is tracking the event closely on their local forecast page in Facebook. Please visit their page for the latest updates on this significant event. Regional updates on impacts in the Mid-Atlantic are also posted in our Winter Stormcast page.

Photo credit: The Gevril group in New York from October 2011

"Here it comes."


7:15 AM EDT 4/22/12 An overview of our multi-state coverage for this developing coastal storm that has spawned severe weather in the Southeast, will deliver wind-whipped rain for the cities, and snow in western PA. The map below displays our team's latest impact projections for snow tonight:

  • In Pennsylvania: Our Three Rivers Team in Pittsburgh, led by Forecaster Greg J., is posting the latest in Facebook for this  unusually out-of-season snow potential. A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for amounts that may exceed 4" along the Laurel Highlands. You can also follow our Central Pennsylvania Team with Forecasters Zach and Andrew, while Forecaster Robert is reporting from Philadelphia on the rainstorm for Southeast Pennsylvania.
  • New Jersey - Forecaster Andrew is reporting on the Flood Warnings posted in that region for our Central NJ page as coastal areas will bear the brunt of winds and heavy rain from this storm.  
  • Central Florida - Forecaster Matt B. reported all last night on a line of severe thunderstorms that moved east from the Gulf of Mexico, spawning numerous warnings and tornado watches. The risks continue today.
  • Capital Region - Forecaster Nikki notes that heavy rain will be sweeping across the DC metro area in the next several hours, and continue on and off throughout the day.
  • Northeast Ohio - Forecaster Jason W. is in collaboration with our Mid-Atlantic Team on the snow impacts to that region, and prepared the overview map shown above as discussed in the Ohio Valley Winter Stormcast page. 

"A Tale Of Two Cities"
- 1859 novel by Charles Dickens

7:15 PM EDT 4/21/12 (Forecasters Greg J. and Mr. Foot) As Philadelphia, PA basked in summer-like temperatures that hovered near 80 today, Pittsburgh metro and much of western Pennsylvania are facing a Winter Storm Watch -- believe or not -- for rain changing to snow Sunday night in that region. Talk about a tale of weather in two cities! 

Hall & Oates might quip, "Say it isn't so..." The Pennsylvania Team expects dynamical cooling should allow a cold, windswept rain on Sunday in western PA to begin changing to snow in higher elevations late in the day. Even areas of the Blue Ridge in western Maryland may see heavy wet snow on fully "leafed" trees.

Remember October 2011? This storm scenario may be similar to what occurred last Fall, when heavy snow on trees brought down power lines across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Many municipalities were woefully unprepared for the massive power outages that resulted, leaving millions without power, some for up to ten days. A harsh price to pay for some communities after just having recovered from Hurricane Irene damage. This time it is a similar danger in a different season. Although we don't expect the wide-ranging impacts of that event, utilities and emergency management team on both sides of this storm should remain alert for the wildcards that April weather can deliver...rain or snow.

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Topsy Turvey Weekend

NAM computer model projection for 2 PM EDT Sunday shows 
coastal storm for the Southeast and parts of the Mid-Atlantic
This animation shows how the storm will develop tonight. 

10:25 AM EDT 4/20/12 (Forecasters Mike N., Greg J and Mr. Foot) After some relatively calm conditions through the last week, the weather pattern is firing up for the weekend, just as many public events, festivals and races like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure get underway today and tomorrow. Our local forecast teams are in position around the country to keep you updated on the developing situation for these upcoming weather events:
Eastern Trough - A cold front that barreled through the center of the country Friday will arrive at the eastern seaboard Saturday evening. It may nice along the coast today, but that will change in a major way tonight. Sports fans and event planners alike should expect major curveballs into our warm and dry pattern as of late. As the front hits the Gulf, a low pressure system will start to strengthen, then move up the coast. By Sunday, we expect a full-blown "nor'easter" to bring wind-swept heavy rain as the storm drags cooler air down behind it. Get your outdoor activities in the East done today before stormy skies arrive tonight 

Western Ridge - A huge ridge building in the western United States is allowing warmth to expand to much of the western half of the country. With such a big ridge coming in, the jet stream will be diverted northward, gifting the Pacific Northwest with a beautiful weekend! Now often dry weather in the west means a high fire threat, but this ridge is very steadily in place, and will not be flaring up any significant wind danger, which is of some help to the fire risk. 

Have a great weekend everyone and keep checking our local zones for the latest updates from our team, as well as monitor the NWS for official watches or warnings on this developing situation.

Friday, April 20, 2012

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Action, Right Ahead

10:10 AM EDT 4/20/12 (Forecaster Mike N.) Looking ahead to the weekend: After a few quiet days, welcome for many, things are starting to get a little more exciting around the nation as we head into the weekend. 

SpringFest in Ocean City, Maryland: Before we get to the action-packed weather of this weekend, remember that summer is heading your way fast! Next weekend is a big kickoff event with the annual SpringFest celebration in Ocean, MD. Be sure to monitor our Bayshore Team from Eastern MD in Facebook for the forecast as next weekend nears. Check out many good values on hotel options at A video of the 2012 SpringFest: 

Severe threat - It is April, so it is often very difficult to stay far away from severe weather across the country. A cold front moving across the country may spin up a few thunderstorms along with a line of showers stretching from South Texas to Lake Erie. 

East coast impacts - The east coast will not see the impact from the front on Friday, which will leave those areas with a beautiful Friday. Still, conditions will deteriorate as we head into the weekend. The NOAA map below shows projected 3-day precipitation for a majority of the East coast Saturday into Sunday.

  • Saturday will bring showers and possibly thunderstorms to areas that really need the rain. A low pressure system will try to develop along the tail end of that cold front, then make its way up the east coast
  • This system may bring potentially heavy rainfall to the immediate coast, and possibly areas well inland as well depending on the exact track. While this is unfortunately coming on a weekend, many portions of the east really need the rain! 
  • Events that will be impacted by this rainfall include the many Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure activities taking place along the East coast.
West coast tranquility - The other area of the country that really needs rain is the Southwest. That area of the nation will luck out Friday into the weekend with regard to beautiful weather for a majority of areas from California to the Pacific Northwest, with rain in the waterlogged Seattle area decreasing by the end of today. 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

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"Working for the weekend"
- Lyrics from the 1981 single by Loverboy

The view from atop The Atlantic Hotel in Ocean City, Maryland from  
our Bayshore Forecast Team. Maybe you should be in that chair?
9:45 AM EDT 4/18/12 (Forecaster Mike N. and Mr. Foot) With Wednesday behind us, the weekend is so close you can feel it, huh? We have good news for those hoping to get a break from active weather. If you're working for the weekend, a quieter regime is shifting into place for the next few days. There is still concern the pattern could end as a ticking time bomb, with uncertainty over severe weather potential late in the weekend. For now, the National Weather Service advisory map around the country is once again quite "empty" with showers widely dispersed around the nation. 

Members of our Maryland Forecast Team on a visit to Ocean City
Looking for great (free) beaches?  Even though Memorial Day, graduation and summer vacation seem miles away, you know many Moms and Dads are cooking up the classic American family vacation. We think Ocean City, Maryland is epic place for this in every sense: Beautiful white sandy beaches, great hotel options, easy to get around and an overall real friendly place for families and couples alike. Our Bayshore Forecast Team in gives you the heads up on the good weather (there's a lot that) and is on the prowl when skies turn stormy as well. We know you want to go... so visit for great info on lodging, activities and of course, those undeniably white sandy beaches... free for you every day of the year.

Severe threat? If you're in Kansas, keep close watch on our Kansas City metro zone, operated by Forecaster Kristen. This area is one where a slight threat of severe weather and strong thunderstorms is still in play as shown in the latest outlooks from the Storm Prediction Center. Latest data suggest this will not  be to the scale of the weekend tornado outbreak. As a storm system breaks out of the Rockies, it may flare up a few storms across OK, MO, IA, and KS, especially later in the day and into the evening.  

The We(s)t? Readers along the coast and the Puget Sound area can check in with Forecaster Mark of our Seattle & The Sound page in Facebook. For Thursday, showers will mostly just wander around the Pacific Northwest, but later in the day, a stronger storm may slam into the immediate coast, bringing some unneeded rainfall to those regions once again. 

Forecaster Dakota on an earlier visit to Seattle, hoping to 
bring some rain (or some fish) back to the parched East coast. 

Dry enough for you? - Rain has become a precious commodity along the East coast, even yesterday's little dousing in Central Maryland, as reported by our team there did not help the wickedly dry April so far. Portions of both the Southwest and the East continue in a dry pattern, and sure could use the rain that keeps dumping on Seattle . The only help we can offer is the possibility of coastal systems to impact these areas later in the weekend. Uncertainty still abounds, and we've seen rain potential fizzle before in this dry pattern... so check back later for more updates and have a wonderful Thursday! (Forecaster Mike)