Friday, February 27, 2004

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2/27 WEEKEND UPDATE:
"Getting closer... to the truth, but you're gonna have to face it, you're addicted to love."

- Robert Palmer

Maybe today's title should be "Tiptoe through the tulips" by Tiny Tim? Naaaa, we'll save that for when the tulips finally do make it out of the ground. That is, after the snow that's going to fall on them melts.

Whoa! Got your attention there...SNOW..... S-N-O-W. It is a fun little trick. You can make almost anyone look outside almost anytime of year simply by saying: "LOOK, it's snowing!" Even in July, try it sometime.

This coming week will play out as forecasted below in earlier posts.
For I-95 and Central PA: Awesome on Sunday, Monday. Rain Tuesday. Cooler temps start returning Wed-Thu-Fri. Rain Thursday-Friday.

I maintain my position that all areas covered by this forecast site will see at least one more snow event before the month of March ends. And it may be sooner rather than later... perhaps by next Sunday the 7th. Besides, you all knew that spring can't start THIS early, right? I remind you we are still under a CROCUS WATCH. So if any alert readers out there notice the crocuses starting to poke out by Monday, please post a comment to say where you live in relation to your nearest major city, and when you noticed the crocuses.

Meantime, I'm gonna have to face that I'm addicted to storms. I love storms, not the destruction and pain but the intense complexity of them. They are massive lab experiments being played out before millions of people. Thunderstorms, snowstorms, hurricanes, tornadoes, solar storms, the Great Red Spot, you name it. And the battle lines are drawn now that winter and spring are duking it out for control of our weather. Evidence of the battle is simply... storms and lots of them, coming soon to a residential neighorhood near you.

So get some spring cleaning done this weekend. I'll be busy gardening... I mean working on the "honeydew" you know, honey do this, honey do that. Next post will be sometime Sunday when we take a closer look at the late week storm situation.

Thursday, February 26, 2004

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2/26 EVENING UPDATE:
"Oh I wish I was in the land of cotton, old times there are not forgotten... look away... look away,
look away Dixieland."

- Ballad of the old South from the Civil War

If you were in Dixieland right now, you'd be digging out from 6-12 inches of sloppy wet snow between Nashville, TN and Raleigh, NC. By Monday their temperatures will top 70 F, how about that for a reversal of fortunes?

Here's the conversation that would probably take place were one of you to call me right now about the weather....

SO COME ON NOW, YOU CAN SAY IT, YOU JUST DON'T WANT TO ADMIT IT...

Admit what?

THAT WINTER IS OVER AND THERE'S NO MORE SNOWDAYS OUT THERE FOR US

Any more snow days? Is that all you care about?

BASICALLY, YEAH.

Well then, I guess I'll have to just go ahead and say it. You realize I might jinx it by saying anything. Besides I haven't checked with the fruit cup.

WELL DO THAT TOMORROW WITH THE SCIENCE DEPARTMENT. AFTER ALL, IT IS FRIDAY.


Thanks for the suggestion. I think I can make these calls on my own without the fruit cup...

DO YOU ALWAYS HAVE "PRETEND" CONVERSATIONS WITH PEOPLE YOU'VE NEVER MET?


After having a full week of school for the first time in like, 7 weeks, I am feeling a bit crazy.

OOOKAY THEN, YOU NEED TO GET OUT MORE. HOW ABOUT THE FORECAST....?

1. There will be one more snow event for the I-95 corridor between now and April 1. It will not be enough to close schools, but it could squeak out a delay. It will not be more than a couple inches at most.

2. Central PA will see at least two more medium-sized snow events before wrapping up the winter. Medium for them is 3-6" which is a regional crisis for us.

3. March is going to see-saw all over the place. At some point during the month we might touch 20 F and 70 F in the space of one week. I just have that feeling.

4. April will deliver a super-quick warmup early in the month, followed by another reinforcing shot of cold air middle of the month.

And finally, I promise the sun will come out tomorrow, thanks to Annie. Ha, get it.. Annie. Well, I tried.

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2/26 MORNING UPDATE:
"Aruba, Jamaica. Oooh I wanna take ya, to Bermuda, Bahamas, come on pretty mama. Key Largo, Montego, baby why don't we go."

- The Beach Boys

The weather over the next 4 days in the I-95 corridor will get increasingly nice and more sunny. Highs in DC-Bal will top 60 by Sunday, approach 60 in Central PA. It will feel tropical.. the first super-nice weekend we've had since... October or Christmas depending on how you rate it.

No changes to the ideas posted below about practice next week. The site will be focusing on likely conditions for practice and games on a daily basis.

I must warn you all though, that what goes up must come down. It is NOT SUPPOSED to be 60 in early March. The warmer it gets now, the colder it will be later. March will retaliate with a cold blast sometime after the 10th, and it may last for 7 or more days. I am researching the development of this and will post more details this weekend.

Essentially the atmosphere is rearranging itself to mimic what we say during the January deep-freeze, which led to the series of storms we just got done with last week. It won't be highs in the 20's, but once this cold blast moves in, we might not see 40 for a good stretch of days.

Some bad news... I may not be able to post during the school day anymore (ie during lunch or right after school). Baltimore County Schools have experienced a crippling virus recently. Thus they are blocking internet access to anything on the web that has the letters A through Z in the address.

I may try to get our site unblocked in the name of scientific research. We'll see. If not, the only times I can post will be early AM and early evening. Sniffle, sniffle.

Ah technology, it makes our life easier.... or does it?

Enjoy the sun... when it arrives.