Wednesday, March 6, 2013

A Series Of Unfortunate Events?
- Headline derived from the 2004 Disney film starring Jim Carrey 

What turned out a "Nomageddon" for some places along I-95 
in Maryland was a winter wonderland for others farther inland. 
(L: southern Baltimore County; R: Carroll County, MD)

3:50 PM EST 3/6 (Winter Stormcast Team) STORM MESSAGE: For those who saw snow today, among the reasons were simply geography and sun angle. Your location being farther inland and away from moderating influence of an Easterly wind created a more favorable environment for snow to form at upper levels -- and reach the surface to accumulate. 

Our headline is also a fancy way of saying what makes forecasters the world over cringe: A bust

Those who did not receive the snow we forecasted, the reasons were outlined as wild cards in our Monday 8 PM post, "Just When You Thought It Was Safe" where Forecaster Mike stated the following (note we are not trying to "explain away" the storm ;-)

"SNOW FACTORS: Given that it is late in the season there are many factors that could affect accumulations. 
  • SUN ANGLE: Since we are nearing the start of Spring, the angle of direct sunlight is increasing with each passing day. This could limit snowfall accumulations during the day. Areas that see higher snow rates however should not see this as an issue as the snow rates will overcome any melting from the sun. Additionally, sun angle also influences road temperatures (believe it or not) as solar radiation passes through the cloud layer.
  • TIMING: The time of day is also an issue as it is easier for the snow to start accumulation overnight than during the day.
Below is our previous update from 7:30 AM this morning



"Ask Your President...
What if we leave, and you're wrong."
Optimus Prime, Transformers 

7:30 AM EST 3/6 (Winter Stormcast Team): MID-ATLANTIC STORM UPDATE
While many businesses, schools and governments have closed today, we know some are wondering what, if anything is going to happen with this storm. Here's what we know:

Isobar map image from NOAA Storm Prediction Center
Annotations by Forecaster Mike of the Central Maryland Team 

  • Readers and news outlets reporting thundersnow in central Virginia; 90,000 power outages reported by PEPCO.
  • A sharp dividing line between rain along I-95 and heavy snow just a few miles inland;
  • A deepening coastal low starting to turn winds from northeast to north along the coast;
  • The rain-snow line currently extends from Southern MD along the western Bay northward into Lancaster, PA. 

STORM DEVELOPMENT: As shown in the graphic above, the storm system is currently in the process of transferring its energy to the secondary low pressure center in North Carolina, while the primary low pressure center in Ohio weakens. What we believe are the storm's next steps:
  • The low in NC is already below 1000 mb, while the low over Ohio is rising in pressure as it weakens, to about 1001 mb currently. 
  • Once the energy transfer process, the system will re-organize around the NC low pressure and rapidly strengthen.
  • Some easterly winds have pulled warmer temperatures into these areas leading to this mix of snow and rain. We expect the rain-snow line to continue moving east through the day, producing a rapid changeover from rain to snow where that occurs.

WHAT WE EXPECT: Evidence of the potential for this storm to rapidly develop is shown in the Penn State e-wall  radar above from earlier this morning. The curvature of the bands along the coast demonstrate that extremely copious amounts of moisture will be rotating into the storm throughout the entire day. Combining upper level dynamical cooling, and surface winds turning to the north, we expect the situation to "go hot" very fast-- with high snowfall rates, thundersnow and near-blizzard like winds. Buckle up, it's going to be a ride.

87 comments:

ravensbbr said...

Bit of a dry slot here in NE CC...c'mon Saturn, pick it back up! :-)

Tina said...

::waving:: Hi Julie! I'm here. In Idiot Free land. JB's got wayyyy more patience than I. Snowing superhard in Germantown just now... looks like torn up tissue.

Andy, Southern York County Pa said...

People take forecasts way to personal and sometimes do not understand what has been forecast.

I was excited in my posts about this storm, but my excitement is NOT HYPERBOLE, like some random poster who I will not mention has accused me of (hmmm don't recall that persons name, thinking hard, maybe I will forget!)

Anyway I really expect BLIZZARD conditions, and there MAY be a Blizzard warning this afternoon in this region because conditions will be meet that criteria or be VERY close to it!

I expect 12 inches of snow in and around Baltimore City, with totals up to 18 in the north and west suburbs.

Andy, Southern York County Pa said...

The storm is organized rapidly off the NC coast. Let the fireworks begin. Once this reorganizes and raps in tremendous Atlantic moisture you are going to see some serious intensity. THE BEAST is upon us and welcome to the BLIZZARD of 2013!

Unknown said...

Last I measured we had 6.5" of snow about an hour ago. Still snowing pretty good. Bring it on...I just hope we keep power.

Nick said...

Should it pick up in Ellicott City soon?

Unknown said...

A nice warm rain in Anne Arundel County. Doubtful we will see snow along the Bay.

lilhill said...

How long until Winchester feels intensification?

Andy, Southern York County Pa said...

Matt, you will see heavy snow along the Bay. Your numbers will be cut down but 6 inches is certainly a reasonable expectation down there.

PatriciaH said...

Hi! I live in Joppa in Harford County and we have been on the rain snow line all morning. When can we expect to start getting snow?

Unknown said...

Hey guys, whattya think about Central anne Arundel? Its been 90% rain so far, and i'm really starting to lose confidence. What are the accumulations expected here, and when will the rain change to snow?

The Wivells said...

So interested to see how this thing shakes out. Both Andy and Justin are usually pretty accurate with their forecasts. I live in Westminster and we have about 3 inches on the ground, but that is about it. According to the weather.com we are experiencing a brief lull in the precip until about 11am. It will be cloudy with strong winds. Additional snowfall of less than half an inch through 3pm. That's a far cry from the storm totals that Andy and Justin are predicting for areas N and W of the city. This should be fun to watch!

Unknown said...

Andy, Will annapolis be experiencing near-blizzard conditions?

Anonymous said...

Nothing here but rain and some wind in Annapolis. What can we expect for the day here in the capital of Maryland?

Unknown said...

You still calling for that intesity pick up, Andy?? People are beginning to give up on the storm. Still too early??

JB said...

another hyped up storm 3" slush and clouds in frederick md

Unknown said...

Good morning, I am short a 1/4 cup of milk, will creamer work with hot water?

wvmommyof5 said...

Well so far we have 9 inches and my kids were up earlier than a school day to play in it :) was light for a while. Winds and snow have definitely picked up in the last half hour.

Unknown said...

I think baltimore may be a wash... I dont see us getting snow :( what a shame i was looking forward to it.

JB said...

I dont understand it the radar shows snow above me but it quit about 9 am and is really bright out like its going to clear up.

Unknown said...

The storm has set up too close and is pumping in warm air. If it does not move off this will continue to erode the broderline cold air we do have. Later on the storm should move east and hopefully pull in some colder air???? Heavy rain here in Annapolis with nothing on the ground.Even the cold air to the West and North has been somewhat erroded. It stinks but this is Maryland for ya.

BioPat said...

Andy, what are you seeing up North? Snow is now falling steadily in Catonsville.I am reminded of the storm a few years ago that started much the same way and then came crashing in during the afternoon causing chaos on the roads for those who chose not to listen. I'm thinking we're right back at that point.

Unknown said...

Andy, Andy!

DC is going to get 8 to 15"? Andy, use your wand man, use the wand and make it do the same in Baltimore City. We'll get 1 to 2 INCHES and DC gets 8 to 15'? The weather gods are against Baltimore. Andy, nonetheless, I'm still your number two fan (my son is number one).

JB said...

36 degrees light rain in Frederick and I can see a faint outline of the sun thru the clouds now. Im just east of the mountain in Thurmont

ravensbbr said...

Slide out and up to the NE, you (&($^#%! Saturn, you!

(Oh, and thank you, Weather Channel, for naming these marginal storms. Gives us something more definitive to curse at. Probably TWC's best contribution to meteorology. Ever.)

Kathi said...

Darn it, BioPat! I am just 10 miles south of you in Glen Burnie and we are still getting just rain! Please send some snow our way!

NeedaSnowday said...

nearing 38 degrees - rain with a few snowflakes... puddles on the pavement.... bummin'

Unknown said...

as of 1145am it is starting to change to snow in annapolis

Unknown said...

snow in annapolis!

Julie said...

snnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnooooooooooow disappointed holding out small hope

Unknown said...

Its raining in Annapolis again... when will it be all snow?

AL-Balt said...

Snowing in NW Baltimore! Big wet snowflakes...wind picking up as well.

Unknown said...

back to blasted rain in central Anne Arundel. no snow accumulation at all

Julie said...

NWS just lowered AACO totals :(

Unknown said...

still a good bit of snow on the way i guess

Unknown said...

this storm is such a letdown! not an inch on the ground! What is going on??? Everyone else is getting snow dumped on themselves. we cant even get an inch

NeedaSnowday said...

On a positive note - no shoveling

Storm said...

still coming down in buckets in hampstead...got about 5 inches so far!

ravensbbr said...

Just finished snowthrowing the drive. Wettest. Snow. Ever.

I've been drier when swimming.

C'mon, 3PM. Drop that snow angle and crank it up!

ravensbbr said...

*sun angle. Snowdian slip.

Unknown said...

Still rain. Im beginning to doubt that we will get any snow here

NeedaSnowday said...

BBR I am happy you got your snowthrower working.. and you had an opportunity to use it...

I stepped in a puddle and used an umbrella to get mail... :-/

James said...

So sad. I was looking forward to a decent snow event since moving here two years ago. Maryland has let me down.

Unknown said...

Still snowing here in Summit Point, WV. We are holding at a steady 35. Not much more accumulation...still around 7". Think we are getting some melting. Neighbor came and plowed the driveway. It is still clear. It is always windy here, but can see it picking up. The snow is blowing off the trees. Wondering what is left to come.

Unknown said...

Annapolis have snow for real? Radar says it does.

Andy, Southern York County Pa said...

It is evident that the ground truth high totals I forecasted and the national weather service is still forecasting will not be achieved. I think we get the moisture and snow but the accumulation is just too sloppy to pile up. Additionally, the urban areas near I-95 have been under an east wind keeping them mixed and in places wet rather than white.

In a sense the models had the right idea about the snow and totals for most places, but getting those totals to continually accumulate and add up has been hard where it has snowed.

We have 5 inches on the ground here and moderate snow falling. We had 4 overnight and probably another 3 since. The snow is so heavy it compacts itself down crushing the bottom layer never really piling up like it would in February or earlier in the season.

One thing about March snowstorms which is almost always a lock after the 10th is the sun angle problem. That is evident even in heavy bands today which is the 6th. At 31.5 degrees snow is melting off the treated driveway like it is hot tar!

I did not have to use the snow blower, just a good dose of ice melt cleaned the driveway.

The snow should start sticking much better after 3:00pm when the sun angle is reduced.

Everyone should be all snow around I-95 by 4:00 pm. I think the warnings are justified but a lot of what does fall and stick will continually pack into itself making for a cloud truth winter storm warning verification, but less than stellar ground truth.

I expect heavy snow in all of the area, poor visibility, as well as slushy roads through the entire evening. Be careful. Regardless enjoy what falls as it is the largest snow we have had in over 2 years! If only it came a couple of weeks ago!


ravensbbr said...

Need, sorry it didn't come true for you guys down there. Andy, you're right, probably could have used ice melt but the John Deere was just sitting there looking all forlorn and such, like "What, you got me all ready and now you're just going to let me sit here...?"

Unknown said...

^^ wheres the "Like" Button.

BioPat said...

Winds remain quite heavy here in Catonsville which is right at I95 corridor. This morning my husband and I ran into the Harris Teeter at McHenry Row. It was raining i that area but as we headed west going home rain continued to change over to snow. We've had mostly snow in Catonsville, but nothing accumulating, as you all have noted. As the temp drops this afternoon I am sure we will be seeing dangerous driving conditions begin to evolve. It has been an interesting weather day even as it has been disappointing. March may well prove to be a blustery month and perhaps the worst of this winter.

NeedaSnowday said...

::wavin white flag::

Va got hammered... just didnt pan out in my area....

Unknown said...

NWS just updated... nothing coming

http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/lwx/winterstorm/images/latestmap.pdf

Damon said...

This was a bust!

Unknown said...

I just looked up the forecast from NWS. For our area(25446), it appears the warning may have been lifted. It also states for "This Afternoon" total daytime accumulation of 10-14". Are they stating 10-14" or total this afternoon? More coming? I know there will be wrap around, but now I am confused. Andy? Anyone?

JB said...

nothing but rain in thurmont all day half way up the mountain over 12" and still snowing . just 4 miles away with some elevation makes all the difference.

ravensbbr said...

Thanks, Barnabas. The old FF message boards used to be more feature-rich with likes, avatars, etc. (ahem, FF...just sayin'.)

Can't believe it hasn't stoppped snowing here. We're at about 900 feet and it's never switched over all day. Radar is indicating green (rain) overhead, but pretty sure those are still snowflakes coming down ::runs to porch, sticks out head:: yup, still snowing...

Westsidehideaway said...

Downtown Baltimore is all wet but no snow. Canceling the after snow shovel cocktails with the neighbors. Just having cocktails...Bust storm.

Andy, Southern York County Pa said...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/32639942@N03/sets/72157632928428745/show/

It has been snowing almost all day here and some heavy bands rolled through. If this was not March with the sun angle packing the new snow, this would have been every bit as advertised. The major bust here was the wind direction and temps in the urban areas. We had snow here and a lot of it, but it never amounted to much due to compaction and the urban areas near the water missed out. When I woke up we had 4 inches, later it snowed heavy at times and all day probably another 7 fell but it simply could not accumulate well and kept packing itself. Out of about a foot of snow that fell I have about 5 inches of the heaviest snow you will find on the ground that continues to pack. Still a fun day, interesting storm, and a free day off to complain about it!

Unknown said...

I still have my 5-6", but I find myself unhappy. Weird, huh? I was hoping that this storm would make everyone a winner. Baltimore ends it's snow drought! YAY! DC ends its snow drought! YAY! Well...none of that happened. This was a rainstorm for many. Just makes you think if not now, when? I just feel terrible about the whole thing. If I could share some of my snow with all of those who don't have it, I would.

Leslie said...

It is really funny how emotional people got about this outcome. The angry snipey people were bad and the excited snow people (of which I am one!) were sad and got kind of defensive on FB. I guess that's what happens when we become a snow-starved society:(

Oh well, here's to the Big One next year:)

Julie said...

people on facebook are just off the hook. racism and name calling etc its not right. It was a bust for some but why get all angry? I have NOTHING. :( Dumb snowblower really was an insurance policy

Leslie said...

Agreed, FB definitely brings out the worst in many! I've followed you guys on this blog ever since the big storms of 2010 and I think this is where I'll stay, I've learned a lot here:)

Unknown said...

Looks like this was our last shot until later this year folks.
Real sorry this played out this way. This is a soaker of a storm. Real shame for those who have had no accumulation. Iam not far fron ANDY and we have about 5 in north Carroll and still snowing but it just will not stick. We would have had well over a foot by now with up to 18 if things played out differently. Here is to a better 2013-14 winter outcome for snowlovers :-)

Andy, Southern York County Pa said...

People take weather to personal. Storms will do what they do. We are here to figure out how they will evolve and what that means for us. There is a general playbook, reliable data, super computer models that constantly update and they do extremely well. The atmosphere is a living and breathing entity and if anyone thinks for a moment that every variable can be perfectly captured and its interaction to other variables be disected perfectly then they should not follow this site, the national weather service, or any other facebook blog. The info here is top notch and if you want to learn about the weather and have an honest dialogue with like minded people you are in the right place. Want a fullproof guarantee well you wont find that here or anywhere else in life period.

Andy, Southern York County Pa said...

For many of us this was the largest snowfall in 2 years. For almost all of us it was the first snowday in years even if it mostly rained in your backyard. Im glad it was taken seriously and closures were justified in light of the best evidence concerning the evolution of the large storm. Sandy was not bad here but no one took chances and everything wisely shut down. These storms are rare but when they knock on your door you need to take them very seriousy. Next storm that knocks there will be fools that ignore the warnings, many will be candidates for the Darwin award. There will always be someone who gets washed away in flood waters, crushed by a tree, or zapped by a powerline, while doing something stupid. Common sense dictates you close down and stay off the road when a foot of snow is imminent. Prepare for the worst based on the best information. Thats what was done today and common sense prevailed. The worst did not verify for many but noone can deny this was not razor close.

ravensbbr said...

To the whiners out there, (mostly the FB whiners) check it out:

List of certain things in life:

God, family, death, taxes and certain Major League teams not winning the World Series (fill in as appropriate)

List of uncertain things: Everything else.

OK, let me see, nope, weather is not in that first list. Don't like what you see? Quit acting so entitled and either move somewhere that it does more of what you want, or, better yet, just shut up.

FF, Andy, the NWS, all try their best, and for the most part, do a good job. No one set out to deceive anyone. None of us can control the weather. Here in MD, all we usually have to do if we don't like the weather...is wait a day.



Westsidehideaway said...

So, when is the next duracho?

Just kidding.

Loosend said...

Hello,

As a lurker since 2004, this is my first post as I had to make a blogger account but I have enjoyed the many posts by the regulars: Mr. Foot (when it was just a small group and I miss hearing directly from), NeedaSnowday, BioPat, Julie, others that I cannot recall (sorry), and especially the resident expert Andy with his Manwich tales and insight. I am thankful this blog has stayed free of the horrible comments posted on FB and the types posting there. This blog still is just a small group that interacts as a family and I am a distant Cousin and hope it stays that way. Thank you all for the enjoyment and the snow storm related education you provide. At 47 years of age, I was up last night until 3 a.m. hoping to see the rain turn to snow but is was not to be. :( All the fators were there for a good snow except the temperatures so we all mourn together. I will probably go back to lurking since I am more a student than a contributor but thanks again, Robert in Edgemere, MD

BioPat said...

Well done Andy and all who actively participated in a discussion based on scientific methodology. As Andy stated so well, the best available data was used to present a forecast and warn folks of a dangerous situation. Unfortunately, as Andy noted, there will be those who won't take another such forecast so seriously and make some poor decisions as a result. Disappointed, yes; but happy to have been part of the process.

Unknown said...

I have also followed this site since the winter of 2010. I have learned a lot and will always consider it my go to source for a forecast. Thanks especially to Andy. I always look forward to his updates. Keep doing what you love. Some of us have a ton of respect and appreciation for what you so.

NeedaSnowday said...

Hi Robert!! Good to have you post on here... all contributions are welcome & important!

While I am bummed there wasnt a lasting Kahuna - I am happy with a snowday and no SHOVELING!!

Ready for warm breezes now and birds at the feeders..

Julee you may really like this - Check this cool lil site out:http://www.tomnliz.com/Livecam/

BioPat said...

Robert, thanks for your comments. We all have become a Foot's Forecast Blogger family and gone through highs and lows over the past few years. I always look forward to storm seasons just to chat once again with those I've come to know through this blog.
Please feel free to join us in the next venture, it's loads of fun as you saw last night - or rather early this morning how we continued to post updates. I think sometimes my family is jealous of my Foot's family but they've learned to tolerate my babbling and actually recognize the names they hear so often.
To my Foot's family, see you all again soon!

Kelby's Daddy said...

Unfortunately, the forecast (both Foots and others) wasn't just off a bit for the Elkridge/Hanover area, it wasn't remotely close. I would be shocked if we had more than an inch of snow last night and nothing but light rain since before 7am. I can see why people would be frustrated - I was hoping my six month old would be making her first snow angel. People are just tired of hype that never pans out. This wasn't even a strong rain storm let alone the biggest snow storm in years, at least in our area. If expecting relatively good accuracy makes me a "whiner", so be it.

Loosend said...

Thanks Needa and Pat. I feel very welcome and will chime in next year for the SuperKahuna we are due for of if we get a BIG event during the seasons in between. I an a closet weather geek and wanted to chime in last night just so somebody knew I was watching too. The wind is really starting to pick up and if snow was stuck on the branches, I probably wouldn't be blogging because of no power.

Westsidehideaway said...

We novices have to give the forecasters credit. The did spell out what happened as a strong possible scenario. To Kelbys Daddy's point, headlines like "we have a situation" do add to the hype, therefor adding to the letdown. By the way, I love the headlines. We need this kind of humor in weather forecasting. So lets chalk if up as a learning experience and move on.....to spring thunder boomers.

Loosend said...

Sorry for the lack of spell checking.

ravensbbr said...

On the upside...what does this deluge do for any remaining drought conditions around here?

Loosend said...

My rain gauge in Edgemere says we received exactly 1" of rain but I think it is low due to the sideways blowing.

Andy, Southern York County Pa said...

Kelby's Daddy,
I like a nice storm also. It has been too long. No one can control the interactions of multiple variables in an inherently chaotic system. No one could have forecasted this precise outcome because it was largely the result of a very small variable. Winds were out of the EAST largely and not NORTH EAST. The flow brought in slightly warmer maritime air changing the entire equation.

That was not depicted in any guidance and is highly unlikely to happen with a coastal like this, but NOT IMPOSSIBLE, JUST NOT FORSEEABLE and LIKELY. A low pressure system or storm has counterclockwise circulation. As it approaches our latitude the winds begin to shift normally to the North East. That did not occur like it does the vast majority of time, and was not depicted by high and low resolution global models that sample the atmosphere on the basis of 100,000s of inputs ie satellites, airplane weather sensors, weather balloons, NOAA flight dropsonde data etc.

Andy, Southern York County Pa said...

That was the major fly in the ointment so to speak. It would have been irresponsible for the ultimate authority the US National Weather Service not to issue Warnings based on the data. 9 out of 10 plus times with that type of model agreement and data this close in time this would have been a huge hit.

What many of us do here is try to share our passion for the weather with you by giving you the insight into the forecast, and giving you the best possible HONEST forecast with no BS or HYPE.

You can climb out of bed in the morning and hear there is a Winter Storm Watch for the potential of 5 or more inches issued by the government. Turn on local tv and someone in a suit with a bad tupay says there might be snow but does not elaborate or dances around the big question (How much, how long, and exactly when).

You come here free of charge or other places to find out the details. Why is there a winter storm watch? What about this rumor of snow? Is it credible? What is it based on? The information it is based on is it reliable, credible, hype, nonsense?

Foot's team breaks it down for you step by step. People here look at every model run, read every possible scientific forecast analysis generated by the National Weather Service and lay it out for you in an engaging simple nuts and bolts kind of way. We give you opinion, fact, and everything in between.

This was one of the few places in 2011 in Baltimore where we warned you of an impending nightmare rush hour storm 1 day in advance. The National Weather Service did not put out advisories, local news did not forecast the chance. Thousands slept in their cars stuck in 1 foot of snow on the interstates.

Many here took off that day or left early from work. We did not say it will happen because it was our opinion, we gave you all the models, all the data, and our opinion based on objective metrics and warned you. We reported and many people agreed with us and left work early because they trusted our approach.

The National Weather Service is fantastic, and they employ the best and brightest. They have policy constraints and strict guidelines etc when issuing warnings or advisories. If they issue one you should take it seriously because they are extremely conservative and sometimes overly so. There warnings preciously mirrored the best available data.

I said this would be an 8-12 storm with someone getting more because that is exactly where this was heading. The national weather service later issued Warnings for 6-12 for Baltimore Metro long after it was mention here. The forecast was intact, the storm developed a classic comma head signature and sucked in huge amounts of moisture, there were thunder reports in the area etc. It went as planned all but the East wind component. There were reports based on radar that DC received 2.5 plus inches of liquid. 2.5 X10 standard snow to water ratio would have been 25 inches of snow had the thermal profiles held in a standard type storm although would have been slightly lower here.

This evolved almost as planned and was largely thwarted by temperature profiles based on air flow, and precip rates.

If I see a storm like this again I will approach it the same way and others who do this for a living will as well. Forecasting anything different than was forecast for this storm would be a diservice to anyone, because there was no guidance or data to suggest anything other than what was forecast.

Going into a forecast there is always a plan B posted, What Could Go Wrong. Always be mindful of that if you choose to follow the weather more in depth. These are FORECASTS based on reliable data concerning CHAOTIC VARIABLES, they are not GUARANTEES based on IMMUTABLE STATIC FEATURES.

Andy, Southern York County Pa said...

Loosend,

Had the thermal profiles held that would have been 8-12 inches of snow for your area as depicted by the models. 10X1.00= 10 inches of snow. The warning issued had 8-12 inches of snow. The storm was plenty wet just not cold enough because of the ocean air on an easterly flow. Wind direction made all the difference. Subtle things can make a HUGE difference. If only the wind was from the North East and shifted to the north.

AL-Balt said...

Snow or not, I learned lots about sun angle, dynamic cooling, thermal profiles, etc. Would never really understand this if not for Foot's, and this interesting and complicated storm today. So forget the haters. Personally, I am always grateful to be able to read this blog and Foot's!

Julee said...

NEEDA!

Aren't you lovely to remember my bird mania!
WOW! Bird watching via Ustream! The ultimate!
Thank you so much.

Last year I talked with the tech guy at my school about putting a live cam on my courtyard bird feeder so that I could check on them on weekends. Never happened.

Didn't SEE my little school birds before this storm. They are usually eating like crazy two days ahead of a storm, which would have been the weekend. Sure enough, the feeder and it's environs were devoid of any type of bird seed on Monday. Cleaned me out!
I put out a lot of seed on Monday and Tuesday but no one showed up. A very few nuthatches and chickadees, but none of the usual horde of juncos, sparrows, cardinals, blue jays. No one. WHERE do they GO? HOW do they KNOW?

Thanks again Needa!

Foot's Forecast said...

Nomageddon Greetings everyone:

This is Mr. Foot, and I wish I had more time to chime in to all the always effervescent discussion here. I miss interacting with you all, but feel honored that you would take the time to make our team a part of your life.

As for the future, all the discussion you've seen about "sustaining our operation" is our way of saying it is costly to operate and grow the team. You all,especially long time readers Andy, BioPat, NASD, ravensbbr, Julie (the first commenter) and TerpGuy/Dr. Ratio are among the inspirations for why we've been able to take this as far as we have.

We hope to find valid funding solutions so we can keep it going,and that's where my efforts have been focused. If you would like to make suggestions or lend your support, our Chief Operating Officer Mr.Keith would be happy to listen! (as would I). keith.krich@footsforecast.org

Bright skies to all!
Mr. Foot

OrchidLady said...

I so appreciate that you are the only weather forecasting site that has taken the time to explain, in detail, why the prediction did not come to be as expected. Foot's Forecast is one classy act!!

Julee said...

We miss you, Mr. Foot!!!

Kathi said...

Despite Mother Nature deciding not to cooperate with the forecasts, I so enjoyed coming here all day yesterday to read everyone's comments and learn more about weather dynamics and forecasting. This is my favorite place to go when a storm is anticipated and I will continue to come here for the camraderie, information and family like atmosphere! You guys are the best!

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