Friday, May 18, 2012

Facebook Friday

Photo credit: Christian Science Monitor

4:30 PM EDT 5/18/12 (Forecasters Mike and Mr. Foot) Today, the CEO of a company that started in a college dorm room 8 years ago rang the opening bell at the NASDAQ Stock Exchange in New York City. 

Why does this have to do with weather forecasting? We'll have a second post about this. The passion of a college student to innovate communication speaks loudly to what our team does every day across 20 states in the U.S., and Facebook played a central role in the development of our team over the past 3 years. 

Regional Roundup 
For the last day of the work week, many areas across the country will either continue or amplify the trends that began on Thursday. For some this will bring more nice weather, but others will see an increasingly unsettled pattern. 

A BEAUTIFUL FRIDAY ! Friday will be very similar to the weather on Thursday across portions of the Ohio Valley, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast, including the Foot's Forecast: The Capital Region where you can expect sunny skies and highs in the low to mid 70s! Stay tuned to your local zones for details on this great mid-May day to end the week! 

SOUTHEAST RAIN WANING - The threat of rain will be decreasing across the southeast for Friday, with much of the precipitation moving out to sea. However, areas like the Foot's Forecast | Central Florida and immediate coastal areas up to the Outer Banks will have to watch for some scattered thunderstorms around, but no extreme widespread rainfall is expected. 

HEATING UP AGAIN - Friday will be a much warmer day from Texas up through the middle of the country into Minnesota. Forecaster Robert is also posting on the heat building in our Southeast Wisconsin zone. 80s will be prevalent across that region fo the country, but some 90s will be seen as well. For example, some places in Minnesota can't rule out highs into the 90s! This will be largely due to a significant southerly windflow, ushering in much warmer air. Humidity will be on the increase again, although storms will hold off for the time being. However, Saturday will likely break more storm activity into the plains. 

SHOWERY IN THE WEST - The west is split north to south with increasingly unsettled weather in the Northern Rockies and Great Basin, but showers and storms will still be only scattered rather than a washout. In the Southwest, we have an increasing Fire Threat, especially across the Four Corners Region. This streak of sunny and beautiful weather across the region does come with the price of the fire danger.

Enjoy a wonderfully sunny "Facebook Friday"! 

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