Monday, August 23, 2010

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Our team featured in the media

7 years of spot-on weather 
Since January 2004, has been providing locally relevant weather forecasts and incident management services to an expanding national readership. With 40 members in 13 states, we are the largest student/professional forecasting consortium in the United States today. Our site received 1 million hits in February 2011 and averages 10,000 visits daily from readers in all 50 states. During the January 25-26, 2011 Mid-Atlantic "snow monsoon" the site received 140,000 hits from across North America. Our facebook forecast posts reach nearly 60,000 daily readers in seven metro markets. Since January 2010, visits to our main site in combination with our 20+ regional facebook forecast pages, total over 120 million hits from all 50 states and 100+ countries. (Screen shot: Mid-Atlantic Winter Stormcast Zone insights on Facebook)

Third-party coverage Press coverage of our team began with a March 2005 article by reporter Bill Gates of the Dundalk Eagle in southeast Baltimore County, Maryland. Starting in Winter 2009, our members have been featured numerous times in print, TV and internet media across Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic including this special feature by ABC-2 in Baltimore, MD by Meteorologist Justin Berk. In recent months the pace of media attention has increased. The latest media event was April 12, 2011, where three members of the team were featured on a national radio net broadcast called WeatherBrains. Earlier in April, Lead Forecaster Matt B. of Central Florida was interviewed on the internet radio program Barometer Bob from Georgia.

In addition, our students and advisors  have participated in a mosaic of public events in between all the forecasting including conference presentations. Despite increasing media attention, our forecasters retain their humility and work ethic. Our advisors continue to provide technical and personal support as the team advances through their educational careers and beyond. The section below is a chronology of media features about the Foot's Forecast Team.

On Wednesday, April 13, 2011 members of the Maryland Team presented at an educational technology conference at the Baltimore Convention Center. (L to R) Forecaster Connor M. from Atholton High School, Media Strategist Diandre Williams from Baltimore County and Forecaster Nikki Byers from the College of Southern Maryland in St. Mary's  County. Also presenting were  MD Team Administrator Aaron Salter and Lead Advisor Mr. Foot

Spring 2011

4/13/2011 - Team conference presentation 
"Foot's Forecast: A collaborative opportunity for your students"

4/12/2011 - WeatherBrains
Foot's Forecast Team interviewed Team members Mr. Foot from Dundalk, MD, Storm Chaser Vince Webb from Brandon, MS and Advisor Forrest Palmer from Atlanta, GA were guests on the weekly internet radio program "WeatherBrains" broadcast from Birmingham, Alabama. Radio hosts were James Spann and Bill Murray. The team extends their thanks to program sponsors The Weather Company and of ABC affiliates Channel 33/40. 
Episode # 272: Weblink | Audio link (scroll to 12 mins for interview) 

4/4/2011 - WeatherBrains
Advisor Mike Mogil interviewed The hosts of WeatherBrains welcomed Meteorologist and NOAA Weather Camp coordinator H. Michael Mogil of Naples, FL to the weekly broadcast. Mr. Mogil discussed his weather education company, How The Weatherworks, the NOAA Careers Camps program and his linkages with Foot's Forecast.

Show Episode # 271: Weblink | Audio link

March 2011 - Barometer Bob: Forecaster Matt Bolton interviewed

Winter 2010-2011
2/9/2011 - Dundalk Eagle
"Local weather service called a national model
-Sara Blumberg

1/25/2011 - Carroll County Times
"Weather or not: Rain changing to snow" - Brandon Oland

1/24/2011 - Baltimore Sun
"...forecast leans...changing to snow"  - Frank Roylance

1/21/2011 - Odenton Patch
"Five of our favorite weather websites"  - Tim Lemke

1/10/2011 - Annapolis Capital
"Storm may dump up to 5 inches"

1/6/2011 - Maryland Life Magazine
"Foot's Forecast"  - Shirley Grace, Photo by Eli Meir Kaplan

12/21/2010 - MPT Maryland Public Television 
Live studio interview for Direct Connection  - Jeff Salkin

12/18/2010 - Carroll County Times
"Snow on Christmas Day possible"   - Brandon Oland

12/18/2010 - WMAR ABC2 (Youtube video )
" 2009-10:  One For The Record Books"  - Justin Berk

12/15/2010 - Dundalk Eagle
"Whither Winter?"  - Bill Gates

Fall 2010
11/4/2010 - Severna Park Voice
"Nine Questions with Rich Foot"John Singleton

10/15/2010 - Baltimore Running Examiner 

Summer 2010
7/14/2010 - Dundalk Eagle
"Hot times are coming." - Bill Gates

7/1/2010 - WJZ CBS Channel 13 
"Amateur Forecasters Create Hurricane Exercise" -Mike Schuh

7/7/2010 - Carroll Community Times
Winter-Spring 2010
2/17/2010 - Maryland Public Television
"Taking the area by storm..." - Jeff Salkin

2/15/2010 - Dundalk Eagle
2/10/2010 - WYPR 88.1 Public Radio
(on-air interview with Dan Rodricks of Midday Connection)

2/8/2010 - Baltimore Sun
"...uncannily accurate with storms this winter..." - Frank Roylance

2/5/2010 - ABC2 News
(on-air interview with Meteorologist Justin Berk)

2/4/2010 - MIX 106.5 FM
(morning interview with JoJo & Reagan)

2/4/2010 - Example from the blogosphere
"Totally random: Foot's Forecast"

1/26/2010 - SHINE 95.1 FM
(Wed PM 1/26 afternoon interview  - Jack & Erin for 1/30 storm)

12/19/2009 - Baltimore Sun
"Ready...set, snow. " - Frank Roylance

Back in the day...
March 2007 - Dundalk Eagle
(article about Dundalk High-based Foot's  Forecast) - Bill Gates

9/21/2005 - The Houston Chronicle SciGuy Blog
September 2005
The Providence Journal "Citizen weather forecasting"

This section is an archival record to familiarize you, our readers, clients and media partners with past activities of these enterprising young men and women.

JUNE-JULY 2010 The first day of July 2010 was one of those exciting leaps forward for the team. Forecasters Ryan K., Greg J., Evan S. and Advisor Aaron Salter participated in a hurricane simulation exercise at the Baltimore County Emergency Operations Center in Towson, MD. This was to test emergency response to the effects of a Category 1/2 Hurricane making landfall near the coast of MD/VA. Our gratitude is extended to County Executive Jim Smith, Lt. Mark Demski and Emergency Specialist Jay Ringgold for their strong support of these efforts to provide our forecasters with real-life exposure to how public agencies manage high impact weather situations.

Among the activities of late include a team presentation at the June 2010 Conference of the MD Emergency Management Association. Last month, we have welcomed to the Southeast Team Ms. Chrissy Warrilow, a certified Tri-State Facebook Forecast Page. In early and mid-June, Forecasters Aaron and Mr. Foot provided forecasting services in the Surf & Sail Zone to the bi-annual Bermuda Ocean Race sponsored by the Annapolis, MD Eastport Yacht Club. Captain Larry Vazzano and the crew of the Wharf Rat, one of the race teams which utilized our products, achieved 1st place in their class. 


Surf & Sail Zone: Bermuda Ocean Race | June 2010
Hurricane Zone: Forecast Resource Page| May-November 2010
Tropical Zone: Facebook Forecast Page | All seasons
Team Resource Page: Forecast links and references | All seasons

Severe Storm Center: Daniel Ross | March-May 2010
Long Range Analysis: Forecasters Ross & Krimm | Feb-Dec 2010
Birdland Zone: Greg Jackson | April-October 2010
Spring Break Zone: Ryan Krimm | March-April 2010
Earthquake & Volcano Zone: Forecasters Foot & Krimm | March 2010

WINTER 2009-2010
Kahunageddon 2010: Reliving our "Fantastic February"
Weather Safety Zone: PasadenaMatt | Feb-March 2010
Storm Data Zone: Dakota, Greg, Ryan | Feb-March 2010

Winter Stormcast Zones 
Jan 2010 # 1Jan 2010 # 2
February 1-15, 2010 | Feb-Mar 2010 Kahunacast Zone
Winter 2010 Olympics: Mr. Foot | Feb 2010
Student Climate Collaborative: Baltimore students | 11/09-3/10

Sunday, August 8, 2010

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August Heat 


8:50 AM SUN 8.08.2010
Dangerously hot conditions will being Monday into Thursday for the Eastern U.S. and Mid-West. Temperatures in this time period will range from 90-100 if not higher. Mix this with dew points in the upper 60's and low 70's and it begins to feel like 100+. Entire states are under Excessive Heat Warnings and Heat advisories on the current NWS map. In areas noted by orange on this map, heat indices will range from 100°  to 110° in daylight hours this weekend. The culprit is a high pressure ridge across the southeast, now building northward. The ridge looks to peak Wednesday and begin to be replaced by Friday.
While we recognize many workers in public safety and entertainment are required to be outdoors, including police, fire, utility crews and even amusement park staff - we urge everyone to stay hydrated, take frequent breaks and do not over-exert. (Forecaster Zak Brisko)

HEAT INDEX / HEALTH RISKS   Important heat safety information from the National Weather Service, and a source for our heat index level system.




Level 4 Heat Index of 130° or higher: HEATSTROKE LIKELY.

Norfolk, VA: 2 | Charlottesville, VA: 2 | Washington DC: 2
Frederick, MD: 2 | Philadelphia, PA: 2 | Harrisburg, PA: 2

Monday, July 19, 2010

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Welcome to FootMedia! Now you, our fans and readers, have a place for your weather photos to be seen by all friends of Foot's Forecast. Forward your photos to with your name, date, location where photo was taken, and any caption you recommend we use. All photos become property of Foot's Forecast.

 Sample Pictures
       Posted by Zak Brisko 7/20/2010: Greencastle, PA.
          Left: Rain on the way ; Right: Morning sky    

Saturday, June 19, 2010

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This is PasadenaMatt, the Public Safety monitor for the Forecast Team. We have researching this new page for some time, and I am pleased to present it as we head toward the end of winter and upcoming weather events.
All Hazards Approach
6:45 PM Saturday 6.19.2010  Hello Everyone. Since it is Hurricane Season, I thought I would update this section so everyone can prepare for a safe Hurricane Season. Hurricanes bring dangerous winds, rain, flooding, tornados, and storm surge. The best approach is an all hazards approach. Being prepared for all types of weather and emergencies is very important. People think that even a Tropical Storm or weak Hurricane is not a big deal but these small weaker storms can still pack the punch.

During this quiet time of hurricane tracking, it is best to prepare for your families for these storms. Get a kit, Make a plan, and stay informed.

Get a Kit
Making a kit can be easy and not expensive. You can buy the supplies when they are on sale or you can go to the Dollar Store and find cheaper supplies.

What Every Kit Should Have In It:
  • Clean Water-Atleast 1 gallon per person for atleast 3 days (The More the Better)
  • Non-Perishable Food-Powdered Milk, Peanut Butter, Crackers, Powdered Potato Mix, etc. (Atleast 3 Days but more the better).
  • Radio-The Best are Battery Powdered, Hand-Cranked, or even solar powdered.
  • First Aid Kit
  • Extra Perscription and Non-Perscription Medicine
  • Flash Lights
  • Batteries
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Sleeping Bags (If you have to evacuate to a shelter)
  • Local Maps (If you have to evacuate to a shelter)
  • List of Important Phones
  • Land-line Phone (Really Good For Power Outages)
Make a Plan
Make a plan determining what you will do for all hazards. During most emergencies, everyone isnt always in the same place at the right time. Have a list of important numbers and numbers for extended family members. Have a plan for where you will meet during emergencies.

Stay Informed
Be informed is very important. Knowledge for all hazards is the best aproach. Being prepared for hurricane season is important but you should also be informed for all hazards all year long.

Some Important Links for More Information:

4:45 PM FRI 3.12.2010  A Major rainstorm is affecting the Mid-Atlantic Region throughout the weekend. 2-3+ inches of rain is likely over many areas. Expect flooding conditions in areas that have poor drainage and low-lying areas. The National Weather Service has issued many Advisories, Watches and Warnings across the eastern seaboard. If you live near poor drainage areas or low-lying areas, you should monitor the water conditions. Power outages are likely do the saturation of the ground.

IF Roads are Flooded DO NOT drive through them.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

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8:20 AM SUN 6.13.2010
From June 11-18, our Sailcast Team has been recruited to forecast for the 17th Biennial Bermuda Ocean Race (BOR) sponsored by The Annapolis, MD based Eastport Yacht Club and the St. George's Dinghy & Sports Club in Bermuda. Below is the graphical "Rhumb Line" forecast issued to all race participants and you can follow progress of the flotilla en route to Bermuda on an interactive boat mapper from Our latest synopsis and forecast discussion is posted in the section below for all race participants to access via their satellite phone.

The current NWS Marine Forecast for the Mid-Atlantic waters. A low pressure system which produced showers and storms overnight has moved northeast of the flotilla. Southwest flow will increase to 10-15 kts today into Monday. Tonight and Monday, showers and storms will redevelop between the Baltimore and Hatteras Canyons ahead of a cold front departing the east coast. By late Monday this front stalls between 75W and 70W as a high builds in S and E of the waters off New England. The front will push southeast and will set off squalls and storms along  the Rhumb Line Tuesday night into Wednesday. By Wednesday a northeast to easterly fetch sets up between 70W and 60W, with the risk of squalls and storms continuing as the flotilla approaches the island by Friday. Fair winds to all competitors! 

SUN-MON Winds increase from the SW.
Rain threats are primarily brief showers.
MON-TUE Winds back from SW to SE
as a front stalls near the east coast.
WED-FRI The front pushes south, E to NE
fetch develops as seas build to 4-7 feet
while squalls move along the frontal boundary.

The Surf & Sail Zone is a specialty forecast product focusing on wind, waves and weather along the Chesapeake Bay and Mid-Atlantic coast. We will be developing specialized wind forecasting products for fellow sailing enthusiasts. What experience do we have on the water? Mr. Foot and his family, owning waterfront property along the Chesapeake Bay's Elk River, have been recreational boaters and sailors all their lives. Among our accomplishments includes a week-long independent sail in the British Virgin Islands one week aboard a 42-foot pontoon hobie. Stay on our crew this summer and we can help your surf & sail plans from getting "in irons!" This zone will be a companion to the Bayshore Region, covering land-based forecasting for eastern Maryland and Delaware. If you'd like to see your coastal-oriented event featured, please contact us at

Surface streamlines: USNJ | DE | MD | Radar: Dover & coastal radar

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

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Lead Forecaster: Nicholas Scirico

5:20 PM WED 5.19.2010 Hello to our New York metro area readers welcome to the Tri-State Region. This zone will focus on the three-state intersection of northeast New Jersey, the NYC metro area, southeast New York State, western Long Island and southwest Connecticut. Nicholas Scirico, a student meteorologist at North Carolina State who hails from Albany with a heart for the Big Apple is the lead forecaster for this region.

INTO THE WEEKEND The area should see nice weather for the next few days as the storm system which dropped considerable rain recently has finally departed. By the weekend, another batch of wet conditions could pave their way into this area, making for a not-so-perfect mid-May weekend. The temperatures for the next few days will include upper 70's in the area tomorrow, with temperatures throughout the area near 80 on Friday.
- Forecaster Ryan K.
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The Bayshore Zone
Forecasting and analysis for Delaware and the Maryland Eastern Shore
FORECASTERS: Ryan Krimm & Aaron Salter |

7:30 PM THURS 7.22.10  

Good evening bayshore! Tonight temps will be in the mid 70's with mostly clear skies. Tomorrow temps will be in the low 90's with mostly sunny skies. There is a slight chance of isolated thunderstorms towards the evening. Tomorrow night temps will be in the upper 70's with clear skies. If your looking for great crabs, head over to West Ocean City and go to Hoopers. Have a great night! - Forecaster Aaron Salter

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

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2PM THUR 6/2/2010 Pleasant weather is more so likely in store for this region today! That is the case at least in the early parts of the day. Warm temperatures are likely in the area, and afternoon thunderstorms are going to follow. Temperatures around the region are currently in the mid to upper 80's with nice weather in most parts. However, thunderstorms are beginning to develop in the southern parts of the zone and are heading north into unstable areas. The storms should continue to pop up and become more widespread as the afternoon grows on. If severe weather breaks, check the Severe Storm Center for up to the minute updates from forecaster Jason M. Forecaster Ryan

4:40 PM WED 5/23/2010 Sorry for the delay, but the zone operation has been the topic of discussion for the past few days. I forecaster Ryan, will operate the zone until someone is brought on to run this area. The weather for the late afternoon and early evening today looks to be partly cloudy, with isolated thunderstorms possible throughout the area. The storms could be strong, but will be pulse like storms set off by instability if they develop. The storms will likely diminish after sunset due to the lack of instability from daytime heating. Lows tonight should be anywhere between 63-67 throughout the area from northern sections right down to the coast. As for the day on Thursday, the area looks to be mainly sunny, with highs near the 90 degree mark and only the slightest chance for precipitation. If anything pops up in the forecast, I'll be sure to keep you posted. 

8:30 PM TUE 5.18.2010 Hello to our southern weather kin and welcome to the all-new Alabama and Mississippi zone, developed by Forecaster Ryan K. This being next in line for forecasting coverage, we decided it was time to launch forth! Currently the team is seeking to recruit a highly regarded forecaster to lead and collaborate with others in covering the Alabama-Mississippi region. This zone is a key area as it borders the Gulf of Mexico and is vulnerable to tropical cyclone activity during the Atlantic Hurricane Season. Here are the forecasts for some selected regions around the dual-state area.

TUPELO Mainly sunny in the morning, becoming partly cloudy in the afternoon. High 84. In the evening, thunderstorms could begin to approach the area of the west, low 65. Chance of rain 30% in the evening.
JACKSON Partly Cloudy. A slight chance of a thunderstorm throughout the afternoon. High 90. Lows around 67.
BILOXI Mostly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms in the morning. High around 87. Low of 69. Chance of rain 30%.

BIRMINGHAM Partly Cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms. High 86 with a low near 70. Chance of rain 20%.
MONTGOMERY Sunny. High 87 with a low of 60. (Too far east to receieve any precipitation.
MOBILE Partly Cloudy and warm with a high near 90. A chance of thunderstorms developing later in the afternoon with lows in the evening near 64. Chance of rain 30%.

OIL WATCH It has been reported that the oil is washing up along the shores of the Gulf Coast. The spill has only been minimally contained and the coverage of the oil is spreading throughout the Gulf of Mexico into the loop current. Although the current impacts are mainly on Louisiana beaches, soon AL and MS beaches could be affected.

Monday, May 17, 2010

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The Carolinas Zone
NC State Forecasters: Erik P., Drew D.  Advisor: Forrest P.
Team Contributors: Forecasters Ryan Krimm and Daniel Ross

4:25 PM TUESDAY 5.18.2010 
Much needed rain across North Carolina today may help many yards which have been brown for quite some time to turn back toward green. However, the rain  has shown first signs it is leaving the region for the next few days. Wednesday's weather should feature only the slightest chance for storms in the mountains, with more tranquil conditions in the Piedmont. - Forecasters Ryan K. and Drew D.

Charlotte Mostly cloudy with only a slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms.
High 80 with lows dropping to near 60. Chance of rain 10%
Raleigh Cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms. High near 75 with lows around 58. Chance of rain 20%. 

Columbia Mainly sunny throughout the day. High around 86 and a low of 61.
(No chance of rain.)
Myrtle Beach Partly cloudy with only a slight chance of coastal thunderstorms.
High 83 with a low of 63. Chance of rain 15%. 

12:05 AM MONDAY 5.17.2010 Hello and welcome to the new Carolinas Zone! This is Forecaster Ryan. Our team has designed this main site page to complement the the excellent forecast work being done by our reliable North Carolina team of Erik, Drew and Forrest. Here is the first forecast for some of the selected cities in the forecast area for tomorrow. 

Charlotte Rain, heavy at times. High 74. Rainfall accumulations of 3/4'' to 1 1/2''. Chance of rain 100%. 
Raleigh Rain. High 71. Rainfall accumulations up to 1''. Heaviest rain expected in the afternoon. Chance of rain 90%. 

Columbia Rain with a few rumbles of thunder possible in the afternoon. Rainfall accumulations up to 1''. High 81. Chance of rain 70%.
Myrtle Beach Rain and Thunderstorms. Rainfall could reach 1'' and exceed 1'' in the heavier thunderstorms. High 78. Chance of rain 70%. 

Saturday, May 15, 2010

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 Crown's Second Jewel: Lookin at Lucky

6:30 PM SAT 5.15.2010 Congratulations to the owner and jockey of Lookin At Lucky for being victorious in the 2010 Preakness Stakes. The smashing blue skies made for a photo finish of a superb day, helped by lighter winds and temperatures in the mid 70's as projected by Central Maryland Forecaster Greg J. Thanks to all our forecasters and readers for the fun of covering this unique tradition the past few days. Preak On!

All-American Day in Maryland

11:30 AM SAT 5.15.2010
Glorious sunshine and moderate breezes will make for a wonderful day to celebrate the most exciting two minutes in Maryland sports. An early streak of luck has already set for today's wagers, as much improved conditions look to following last night's storms. By today's post time of 6:18 PM EDT at Pimlico Race Course in Montgomery County, MD, despite breezes of 10-15 mph, the 74 F and  sunshine will make you feel so nice, it won't matter if you don't win, place or show in the 135th Preakness Stakes! Follow race forecast updates on our Central MD Facebook page.

Although we have our preak on today for what some consider to be Baltimore's Mardi Gras, there's much more history and revelry than just the edgier infieldfest . This is an gallant event steeped in tradition which is also promenade of who's who across the Mid-Atlantic region. It is a privilege  for the Foot's Forecast Central Maryland Team to showcase some nice weather in welcoming all our readers to a fine slice of Americana right here in Charm City. Photo: Hat's Off article in Baltimore Magazine.

I GOT THE HORSE RIGHT HERE. Remember the fun opening tune "Fugue for Tinhorns" from Guys and Dolls? Since today's weather is clear, is your horse the one who "can do?" If so, vote on our poll.  Mr. Foot of course is rooting for "Schoolyard Dreams"  followed by Lookin At Lucky, with Super Saver for good measure. What's your pick? Note: No member or affiliate of the Forecast Team is using reader votes to place bets of any kind for today's race, nor do we have any financial interest from or for the event.

Monday, May 3, 2010

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The Georgia-East Tennessee Zone
Visit our Facebook Foot's Forecast: Southeast | Severe Weather Twitter Feed
E-mail  Forecaster Daniel Ross: Georgia Institute of Technology 

UPDATE 5.17.2010 10:00 P.M.
Sorry for the extreme lack in updating. Finals got in the way toward the end of April/early May. 

Anyway, the weather in our area has been mostly quiet with a few tornadoes running through the Tennessee area. Over the next few weeks, tornado will come to a close and hurricane season will start up. It'll be interesting to see how the weakening El Nino will affect the tracks this year. 

The stationary front currently over our area will transition into a cold front and will move south into southern Georgia and North Florida, continuing the pop up thunderstorms typical to those areas. Now that this front has passed, we won't see any significant chances of precipitation for a while (although isolated showers/thunderstorms are possible).

Coming Soon: The Socioeconomics of the Oil Spill: An Editorial

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

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Southeast Zones

The link below each banner connects you with latest updates from the Forecast Team dedicated to that region. NOTE: This format is experimental, under construction and part of our transition to a new website coming in June.

Team: Daniel, Chris D., Chrissy W.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

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"Back in the High Life..."
- 1986 single and album title by Steve Winwood

8:00 AM THU 4.15.2010
Southwesterly flow on the backside of the high pressure system will bring warmer conditions north today. Increasing temperatures and rising moisture content of the atmosphere should spawn thunderstorm activity across the northeast and southeast from Friday evening into Saturday morning.

THE 2010 POLLEN AND PEST ATTACK! Much of the Eastern U.S. experienced record precipitation this winter from both rain and snow. Although NOAA reported a generally cooler than December to February overall, millions of trees and flowers began blooming early, firing up the allergy season with force up as soon as winter signed off. The copious precipitation will lead to a record mosquito outbreak this year, rivaling the allergy annoyance. Then there will be those lovely little black waterbugs too. Ahh, the joys of warmer weather.

Projections from the North Atlantic Oscillation are a heads up going into the April 19-23 Earth Week: Negative values of the NAO index suggest cooler than normal temperatures then. This time of year, that is usually accompanied by showers and stationary fronts. The trade-off would be rainy conditions can at least clear the air for allergy sufferers; though it permits more standing water for mosquito larvae to inhabit. We just can't win for losing. Back in the high life again? For Powderhounds, that's the start of Meteorological Winter, December 1. Surely you can hold on for another seven months now, can't you?

Thursday, April 8, 2010

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"Oh what a beautiful morning..."
- from the Rogers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma

7:00 AM THU 4.8.2010
Like the famous line from Oklahoma, today's temperatures and summer-like skies certainly makes it feel as though we're gettting the Fourth of July cookout ready instead of putting away Easter decorations. The good news is that easterners looking for relief from the heat will get it from the cooler temps to follow tonight's severe storm potential as the front sweeps east. Until then, you know the drill for this setup: Warm southerly breezes will pump in humid air all day, combining with daytime heating and sharp temperature changes approaching from the west. That's a spicy recipe for severe storms by 9:00 PM tonight containing wind gusts near 50 mph and small hail likely.

Georgia and the Carolinas will be in the crosshairs first this afternoon, followed by Virginia this evening and Maryland-Delaware-Pennsylvania into the overnight hours. As time and school schedules permit, our forecasters will be posting updates in our Severe Storm Center throughout the day and into the evening.