Sunday, April 17, 2011

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Who we are...what we do
As Smashmouth would say, "it doesn't make sense not to live for fun"

Ready to make an impact and pursue your passion for weather? Foot's Forecast is more than just a name of its founder, it is a belief in the power of engaged students and supportive professionals. Our diversified U.S. team counts talented forecasters, teachers, students, consultants and weather enthusiasts among our members. Whether you are in high school, college, or are in the workforce, there are many opportunities to become "the face of the place" for weather in your state. (L to R- North Carolina State Meteorology graduate Nick Scirico, Fusion Forecaster and high school junior Evan S., Bayshore Forecaster Samatha H. from the Univ of Maryland and Director of Strategic Media Diandre Williams - Jan 2012) 

With 50 active members in 20 states from Illinois to NYC metro to the Mid-Atlantic, the Southeast and the Western U.S., we are the largest and most diverse student-professional forecasting consortium in the United States. Our successful model of student and public engagement is driven by consistent, locally relevant forecasts produced by qualified team in your community.

Learn how the team developedreview our media portfolio or simply Google "Foot's Forecast" and look over the application processand ask us questions: info@footsforecast.org

Forecasters and Advisors
Forecasters serve on county- or regional teams, (such as Central Florida or Central Maryland), and work closely with a qualified team advisor over 21 in their geographical area. Advisors range from professional and broadcast meteorologists, to science edcuators, college professors, and life-long "professional amateurs" who know the weather. Details are found on our application pagePhoto: Lead Forecaster Greg Jackson of the Maryland Team with Meteorologist Bernedette Woods of CBS WJZ-13 - Aug 2010)

What our teams do
Local teams collaborate online with their advisors to predict daily weather for their immediate area, and post these forecasts on their main page zone and a companion facebook page. When weather is on the move across the country, forecasters get an inside view of the action while our teams collaborate in chasing storms or tracking the events. We also provide extensive on-site and on-line training with professional meteorologists and emergency managers. 


Rising grade 9, 10 and 11 high school students can apply for and receive free tuition to attend NOAA- and NSF-funded Weather Camps.

Reach a large audience
By joining a forecast team, your work will have immediate impact on our main site, receives 10,000 hits daily from all 50 states. Our combined facebook audience reaches over 60,000 readers daily. You can update from your phone, by email or post video reports all of which feed immediately to a localized twitter customized for your zone. Our innovative approach is guided by the philosophy that students are valuable contributors to society and if given the chance, can make a greater impact than most people expect would be possible. (Photo: Storm Chaser/Forecaster Vince Webb interviewing Mike Bettes of the The Weather Channel at the Feb 2011 Storm Chaser's Convention.)

How to join a team
We seek high school and/or college forecasters to join existing teams, or locating an advisor to help start a new zone in your area. Visit our "Forecast Centers" tab to familiarize with our current zones. In addition to local forecasting, we cover regional severe and winter weather, tropical forecasting for the Atlantic basin, Long Range Analyses and Climate & Space Science reports.

A few of locations in the U.S. include Central PA, Southeastern PA, the Ohio ValleyWestern MD/Northern WV, the Capital Region , the Bayshore region of Eastern MD / Delaware, the The CarolinasNorth Georgia & East Tennessee and Central Florida. Since our approach is local areas within a state, we welcome forecasters from around the country regardless of location. If you already produce quality forecasts on your site, consider being an Affiliate Forecaster when weather breaks. You would be able to network with all our members in a multi-state collaboration.

Visit our first forecast page in facebook, the Central Maryland Zone to see the impact students are having this exact momentWe also have regional specialty forecast teams such as the Winter Stormcast Zones for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast as well as The Tropical Zone covering hurricane forecasting in the summer. Simply put, whether you've been in meteorology for years, or starting your study of the atmosphere, your talents are welcome, valuable and showcased to our team and readers.

Ready to dive in?
Visit our application pageWe look forward to reading yours soon.
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Palm Sunday calm...at last

7:45 PM Sunday 4/17/2011 - In the wake of the historic 3-day severe weather outbreak, today was a welcome change of pace with sunshine and cooler conditions for places which have suffered so much so quickly. Heavy rain and coastal flooding continue to impact New England, but are ending this evening. Our readers and forecasters alike across the Southeast are still reeling from the most horrific and high impact outbreak of tornadoes in recent memory. Our team is thankful the weather provided everyone some brief time regroup and cleanup.

CURRENT WARNINGS AND ADVISORIES: Visit our Stormcast Tab above  for the latest details on breaking weather in the U.S. "Regional roundups" of all our forecast zones can be found in the Eastern & Forecast Centers tabs above.

SCIENCE GOT TOO CLOSE We extend our deep sympthany to countless families whom have suffered terrible loss in this tornadic event. Preliminary reports show between 80 and 110 tornadoes touched down from Oklahoma to the Mid-Atlantic from Thursday to Saturday. Even members of our forecast team in multiple states were directly affected.  Storm Chaser and Forecaser Vincent Webb captured a touchdown in Clinton, Mississippi   and Georgia Forecaster Paul Prance had a near direct hit on his home. Web Team member Nick Sirico, a junior in Meteorology and food service manager at North Carolina State, led an evacuation of 500 people from the student union building. North Carolina Forecaster Nic Robeson worked the event closely with his Mid-Atlantic colleagues on the FF: Carolinas page. Lead Forecaster Greg Jackson in Hampstead, MD -- tracking the outbreak online with the Maryland Team, himself ended up in his basement as he noticed rotation before a Tornado Warning even issued. 


The point? Our team forecast for the communities where we live, but we collaborate on a national level to bring readers a consistent and refined product that is locally relevant to the people we serve...our readers.

OUTBREAK ANALYSIS As part of the scientific recovery from the event, Affiliate Forecaster Joe Puma, a high school student in metro Chicago has provided a detailed report on the 3-day outbreak on his website: Puma Weather Center.  A quick glance at NOAA Storm Prediction Center reports shows that over 105 confirmed tornadoes touched down in the Eastern U.S. just on Saturday. 

INTRIGUED BY OUR TEAM?  If you are a weather enthusiast, professional forecaster, work from home or a student not yet in college -- are always welcoming new talent. We know you want your skills and time have immediate impact. Our members would tell you there is no greater impact than to know your work has saved lives and is part of a multi-state consortium of college students, high school students, meteorologists. The bottom line? Despite titles and college degrees, we are also regular people who share in the passion of weather. If you want to have a greater impact, and be part of a growing family of forecasters, there's no better time to become "the face of the place" for weather in your state. With 40 members in 13 states and collaborators at 8 universities, there is plenty of room for your creative talents on our team. 


Make that change, innovative your future and contact us at footsforecast@gmail.com


(Photo: Summer 2009 NOAA-funded Weather Camp at Howard University in Washington DC. Featured L to R: are Forecasters Mintong N., from the Capital Region,Forecaster Dakota at Penn State and Forecaster Reginald J. from Southeast PA.)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

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"Don't know why I go to Extremes..."
- Lyrics by Billy Joel in a single from the 1990 Album Storm Front

*AFTERNOON TORNADOES: SE & MID-ATLANTIC*


4:55 PM EDT Saturday 4/16/2011
Destructive tornadoes have swept across the Carolinas today, with multiple warnings in progress and numerous sightings of twisters across both states. Golf-ball sized hail, 90mph winds and extremely violent tornadoes have impacted a wide area in North Carolina and continue to move east. Visit our page at Foot's Forecast | The Carolinas for the latest details.


The Storm Prediction Center issued an important public safety advisory known as a PDS, which stands for a Particularly Dangerous Situation for much of the Carolinas and southern Virginia. This is a special statement that accompanies a Tornado Watch when there is a high risk of life-threatening severe weather, including large tornadoes, destructive hail and damaging straight-line winds. This Tornado Watch is in effect until 9:00 PM EDT. Text of the SPC advisory.


You can follow the latest updates on facebook from our Southeast Forecast Team in the Carolinas, East Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi and Central Florida. Region-wide updates are also posted in the Southeast Severe Weather forecast page. Tornado Warnings are posted in locally affected forecast zones by region.


Elsewhere in the East, Tornado Watches extend from the Southern Mid-Atlantic into Central Pennsylvania  as indicated by this current graphic from the Eastern Regional HQ of the National Weather Service.


Flash Flood Watches extend across the Appalachian mountains and Potomac River Valley into central Pennsylvania, with Coastal Flood Warnings tonight for all of Delaware and most of the Jersey coast.


SEVERE IN THE SOUTHEAST On Friday, over 70 tornado reports were recorded across the Southeast yesterday, and outbreaks continue in south Georgia. North Florida. The photo featured was taken by Storm Chaser/Forecaster Vince Webb of Brandon, Mississippi after a strong tornado moved through Jackson, MS Friday afternoon. Visit his page for more pictures of the outbreak. The Weather Channel featured Vince's video footage of debris and funnel clouds, and also interviewed him twice by phone during the outbreak.


Vince, a high school senior in Brandon, MS provides live stream and footage to ABC affiliate WATP-16 in Jackson, MS from his outfitted chase vehicle. Last night's lead story on Channel 16 news Jackson, MS started with--"Our Storm Chaser Vincent Webb..." and word is that both ABC in New York and the CBS Early Show received his video.


Our team also extends condolences to the families who lost loved ones and property in this fast arriving outbreak. We effort each day to keep you informed with the local view so that lives can be saved when weather is on the move.



Additional reports and forecasts for other regions are in process and will be posted in the next section. (Lead Advisor Mr. Foot)


Friday, April 15, 2011

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11:25 AM Saturday 4/16/11
A destructive and deadly storm system is continuing to march eastward across the Eastern U.S. today. Showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop and track eastward over the Mid Atlantic this afternoon, with the potential for storms to become severe. Timing for these storms will be from 3PM-9PM. We expect this threat to be mainly south of Baltimore and Frederick MD, with a more widespread outbreak possible for southern Virginia and eastern North Carolina. Damaging winds and isolated tornadoes will likely be the main threats with severe storms. Small hail will also be possible. Stay tuned for any watches or warnings that may be issued later. (Forecaster Jason M. Collaborators: Forecasters Greg J, Nikki B, Connor M.)







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Thursday, April 14, 2011

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MORE STORMS...MORE FIRE

UNTIL AS LATE AS 10 PM CDT

KENTUCKY

UNTIL 10 PM CDT

GEORGIA

UNTIL 6 AM EDT

ALABAMA

UNTIL 3 AM CDT



Friday, 4/15/2011 10:15 PM EDT

NOTE: the following is from the pages of the NWS. The italics are the writer's.

Fri, 15 Apr 2011 07:45:00 EDT
Strong winds wrapping around the Kansas/Missouri low will pull moisture north, ahead of a steadily moving cold front and helping to fuel the potential for heavy downpours within the thunderstorms. There will be severe storms today from the central Gulf Coast into the lower Ohio Valley. On the backside of this storm system, cold air across parts of the High Plains will shift east today changing rain over to snow with moderate accumulations possible from the eastern Dakotas into Nebraska. Continued wet weather can be expected from the Northwest into the Northern Rockies through Sunday (The Water Train keeps rollin') The majority of the heavier precipitation will occur today and tonight with a surface low as it reaches the coast this evening.


Wildfires continue across parts of the Southern Plains. ...Fires in Texas remain active, increasing in size, and causing smoke along roadways in the area, resulting in road closures. Homes have been evacuated. For Friday, extremely high danger for wildfires exists for the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles, southwestern Oklahoma, and north central Texas. High danger for wildfires exists for eastern Colorado, the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles, western Oklahoma, and much of Texas. Red Flag Warnings are in effect for parts of Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado.

A deepening low will move across the north central U.S. through Saturday morning. Over the upper Great Lakes...precipitation starts out as freezing rain, possibly mixed with sleet... Heaviest snowfalls are expected across northeast Nebraska, the eastern Dakotas and northeast Minnesota.



This Time, Fire and Rain...and Ice?

TORNADO WATCHES- KANSAS, OKLAHOMA ,TEXAS

Thursday, 4/14/2011 4:45 PM EDT

(note: the NWS Weather Hazards Map is down. Links will be provided ASAP)

Texans have been fighting over 80 wildfires in the last week, which have burned over 400,000 acres. Almost 1,000 firefighters from 34 states have responded. The West and Southwest are under posted High Wildfire dangers. This includes parts of Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. Portions of these states are also under Red Flag Warnings. In addition, RFW are posted in Florida.

A Disturbance in the Southwest will travel to the High Plains today and deepen over the Central Plains. It will be joined by a large wave of moisture from The Gulf producing possible severe thunderstorms, with heavy rainfall. This moisture will move eastward and give the Northeast, the Mid-Atlantic, and The South a wet, perhaps very wet, weekend.

A long trough is developing another Spring snowstorm that will affect the Upper Mid-West and Plains to The Great Lakes, perhaps bringing blizzard conditions to the middle of the country. Yet another system is entering the Pacific Northwest, dumping perhaps a foot of snow there in the higher elevations, before moving into the Northern Rockies.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

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Either we are soaked...
...or in danger of burning.

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Wednesday 4/13/2011, 5:20 AM EDT: National Summary

THE BURNING Despite some areas of the East which received over an inch of rain yesterday, several states in the West remain under Red Flag Warnings for increased fire risk due to dry conditions, as well as portions of Florida. Texas alone has seen 125,000 acres burn in the last two days.

THE FLOODING In the wake of Monday's severe weather outbreak and subsequent heavy rainfall, flood watches and warnings extend across much of the Upper Great Plains and Mississippi Valley.

In the East, a slow, strong low which moved through the Tennessee Valley and Mid-Atlantic on Tuesday is exiting the coast today. Ahead of the cold front, a strong southern fetch of moisture streaming into New England is delivering heavy rain along the coast and inland snow.

THERE'S STILL SNOW... In the Pacific Northwest, mountain snow and lower elevation rain arrives today from the next system. Moderate snowfall is also possible across the Tetons and into South Dakota on the trailing edge of a high pressure ridge moving east.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION The Eastern U.S. Team welcomes Maryland teachers to our presentation today at the MD Society for Educational Technology (MSET) at the Baltimore Convention Center. We hope to video tape and post portions of our "media mosaic" titled "Foot's Forecast: A collaborative opportunity for your students" for educators and readers across the country to consider as how to get more involved in our team. Our thanks to MSET for this generous opportunity to present. (Advisors Mr. Foot, Mr. Lear and the Maryland Team)

Visit our "Stormcast" page for more details on today's stormy weather

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The Gamut of Weather


Wednesday, 4/13/2011, 9:30 AM EDT


The Pacific “Water Train” is alive and well, with heavy snow possible from the mountains of Washington south to the mountains of Northern California. Moving Eastward, Utah may receive a foot or more. This system could affect The High Plains and Great Lakes later this week.

New England will see rain though tonight from the Low that dumped over 1.5” of rain in 24 hours in many regions of the Mid-Atlantic. Some high-elevation areas may see snow.

A cold front moving across Middle America could produce Severe Weather in the East by this weekend.

Extreme Fire Weather conditions are forecast in a 3-state area in the Southwest, and a tri-state region in the South.

Monday, April 11, 2011

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More Fire...More Rain

Introducing: Jeremy Buckles, reporting from East Tennessee and Vince Webb, reporting from Mississippi...on our "Forecast Centers" page, in the Southeast Region. Welcome!

Monday, 4/11/2011 8:30 PM EDT

Wildfires in the West have now destroyed over 150 homes while burning over 300 square miles and disrupting travel. States of emergency/disaster now exist in parts of Oklahoma and Texas. Much of South Texas is still under Red Flag Warnings.

The cold front that stretches from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico will run into the 80 degrees weathers of the East and South today and tonight, bringing the potential for severe weather along its boundary. This system has a history, with seven reported tornadoes in Wisconsin alone yesterday.

Another upper disturbance will make its way from the ocean into the Pacific Northwest early today, bringing rain, and eventually possible heavy snow to the Mountains as far as the Rockies by tonight.
(Advisor Lear and the Eastern U.S. Team)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

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All NOT Quiet On The Western Front

Report # 1 - National Severe Weather Summary

9:20 PM EDT Sun 4/10/11
Affiliate Forecaster Josh Owens, St. Mary's County, MD: The week ahead may prove to be very active with severe weather from the Midwest to the Northeast. The Storm Prediction Center has a moderate risk of severe weather for southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. By the way things are forecasted, it seems as if this system will reach parts of eastern Iowa and begin to enter a mass of unstable air. This air will have dew points in the upper 50’s lower 60’s and temperatures in the 80’s, perfect scenario for a severe weather outbreak to occur.
In this possible outbreak, severe thunderstorms and supercells may develop, and tornadoes are expected. Among the biggest threats will be straight-line, damaging winds and hail. By Monday, 4/11 - this system affecting the upper Midwest today will move to the northeast, bringing the risk of severe weather from western New York, western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, and extreme west Maryland. The image posted left is the convective outlook by the NOAA Storm Prediction Center for Monday morning to Tuesday morning. It shows a 30% probability of severe weather for the northern Mid-Atlantic in this period.

At present, wind damage and small hail are the most likely threats
. All readers are urged to remain alert to changing conditions, and monitor the latest advisories from your local NWS office. Our team also posts storm updates specific to each region. Our regional pages can be found , including the Southeast, Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic. (Affiliate Forecaster Josh Owens, St. Mary's County, MD and Lead Advisor Mr. Foot)
Report # 2 - Midwest Severe Weather Update

9:00 AM CDT Sun 4/10/11
Affiliate Forecaster Joe Puma, Chicago, Illinois: "Our team is tracking the latest on the severe weather outbreak forecasted for Sunday afternoon and evening. This is a major spring storm system, and will bring some major supercell thunderstorms through our area tomorrow night. The Storm Prediction Center has now put our region in the MODERATE RISK category for severe weather. We have a 45 percent chance of severe weather within 15 miles of your home. We are looking at possibly violent tornado outbreak tonight. We urge you remain alert to NWS updates or keep your NOAA Weather Radio close at hand. This is a very dangerous storm system coming together with the potential to produce deadly tornados. We will be bring you the latest here in the Puma Weather Center."

Report # 3 - Foot's Forecast | Mississippi Severe Weather

Storm Chaser/Lead Forecaster Vince Webb: As posted on our new state-based facebook focus on Mississippi severe weather, you can followed Vince's live streaming updates directly from his vehicle when out chasing for WATP-16 in Jackson, MS by visiting msstormchasing.com
Vince's latest report: "Strong storms will be possible throughout the day Monday for the entire state of Mississippi starting off to the West and moving Eastward into the afternoon hours. Damaging winds and small hail will be possible with a few isolated severe storms. Areas in Southeast Mississippi will have the greatest potential to see a few severe storms later in the day. Potential for tornado development will remain low but cannot be ruled out. Continue monitoring the Jackson MS NWS page and this Severe Weather update page for developments on this next threat." (http://www.srh.noaa.gov/jan/)
About Our Affiliate Special Reports

Today’s Severe Weather updates feature several special reports from three high school Affiliates or Forecasters: Joe Puma from metro Chicago, IL and Josh Owens from St. Mary’s County, MD and Storm Chaser Vince Webb from Jackson, MS. All three students are graduates of the 2010 NOAA-funded Weather Camp program at Howard University, and operate their own independent sites, but regularly collaborate with members of our team from across the country. We thank Josh's lead story from the Maryland Weather Center, Joe’s special report from the Puma Weather Center, followed by and a focus on outbreak potential in Mississippi on Monday by Vince.

All Not Quiet On Western Front

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All NOT Quiet On The Western Front


Report # 1 - National Severe Weather Summary

9:20 PM EDT Sun 4/10/11
Affiliate Forecaster Josh Owens, St. Mary's County, MD: The week ahead may prove to be very active with severe weather from the Midwest to the Northeast. The Storm Prediction Center has a moderate risk of severe weather for southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. By the way things are forecasted, it seems as if this system will reach parts of eastern Iowa and begin to enter a mass of unstable air. This air will have dew points in the upper 50’s lower 60’s and temperatures in the 80’s, perfect scenario for a severe weather outbreak to occur.
In this possible outbreak, severe thunderstorms and supercells may develop, and tornadoes are expected. Among the biggest threats will be straight-line, damaging winds and hail. By Monday, 4/11 - this system affecting the upper Midwest today will move to the northeast, bringing the risk of severe weather from western New York, western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, and extreme west Maryland. The image posted left is the convective outlook by the NOAA Storm Prediction Center for Monday morning to Tuesday morning. It shows a 30% probability of severe weather for the northern Mid-Atlantic in this period.

At present, wind damage and small hail are the most likely threats
. All readers are urged to remain alert to changing conditions, and monitor the latest advisories from your local NWS office. Our team also posts storm updates specific to each region. Our regional pages can be found , including the Southeast, Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic. (Affiliate Forecaster Josh Owens, St. Mary's County, MD and Lead Advisor Mr. Foot)
Report # 2 - Midwest Severe Weather Update

9:00 AM CDT Sun 4/10/11
Affiliate Forecaster Joe Puma, Chicago, Illinois: "Our team is tracking the latest on the severe weather outbreak forecasted for Sunday afternoon and evening. This is a major spring storm system, and will bring some major supercell thunderstorms through our area tomorrow night. The Storm Prediction Center has now put our region in the MODERATE RISK category for severe weather. We have a 45 percent chance of severe weather within 15 miles of your home. We are looking at possibly violent tornado outbreak tonight. We urge you remain alert to NWS updates or keep your NOAA Weather Radio close at hand. This is a very dangerous storm system coming together with the potential to produce deadly tornados. We will be bring you the latest here in the Puma Weather Center."

Report # 3 - Foot's Forecast | Mississippi Severe Weather

Storm Chaser/Lead Forecaster Vince Webb: As posted on our new state-based facebook focus on Mississippi severe weather, you can followed Vince's live streaming updates directly from his vehicle when out chasing for WATP-16 in Jackson, MS by visiting msstormchasing.com.
Vince's latest report: "Strong storms will be possible throughout the day Monday for the entire state of Mississippi starting off to the West and moving Eastward into the afternoon hours. Damaging winds and small hail will be possible with a few isolated severe storms. Areas in Southeast Mississippi will have the greatest potential to see a few severe storms later in the day. Potential for tornado development will remain low but cannot be ruled out. Continue monitoring the Jackson MS NWS page and this Severe Weather update page for developments on this next threat." (http://www.srh.noaa.gov/jan/)
About Our Affiliate Special Reports

Today’s Severe Weather updates feature several special reports from three high school Affiliates or Forecasters: Joe Puma from metro Chicago, IL and Josh Owens from St. Mary’s County, MD and Storm Chaser Vince Webb from Jackson, MS. All three students are graduates of the 2010 NOAA-funded Weather Camp program at Howard University, and operate their own independent sites, but regularly collaborate with members of our team from across the country. We thank Josh's lead story from the Maryland Weather Center, Joe’s special report from the Puma Weather Center, followed by and a focus on outbreak potential in Mississippi on Monday by Vince.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

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April Showers bring....

...thunderstorms


TORNADO WARNING- IOWA until 11 PM CDT


Tornado Watches
North Carolina, South Carolina
until 2 AM EDT
Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota
until 1 AM CDT



Saturday, 4/9/2011 9:30 PM EDT


As another wave of moisture takes aim on the Pacific Northwest, a Low is organizing over The Great Plains. This system will spend the rest of the weekend hitting the Rockies and the Great Basin with some heavy Spring snow. As the Low pushes Eastward, it will produce rain and thunderstorms, some severe. These storms will precede the main system into the Ohio Valley into The Middle Atlantic. There are thunderstorm risks, slight to moderate, in the Upper Plains south to Texas.

Fire dangers are posted in six Western States, while Dense Fog blankets parts of the Gulf Coast this morning.

Friday, April 8, 2011

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wild·fire/ˈwīldˌfī(ə)r/Noun

A large, destructive fire that spreads quickly.



Friday, 4/8/2011 8:30 PM

The big story today is the wide swath of the Southwest and Plains States that have High Fire Danger statements. Thousands of square miles of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado are under Red Flag Warnings. Wind, low humidity, and lack of rain until perhaps Sunday have created Critical Fire Weather Conditions.

The Pacific Northwest is getting a respite from the “Water Train” today…but that will change by tomorrow night with rain, and then some high-elevation snow by Monday.

A slow-moving front will bring snow to the mountains from Arizona to Wyoming, while rain, and mountain snow, will fall on areas from California to Montana.

The central part of the country will see much calmer weather, with perhaps a risk of storms over The Middle Plains. The Upper Plains will have rain, with possible heavy snow in the North.

The East will have cool, wet weather, and the South will show some pleasant signs of Spring, until some fog tomorrow and perhaps rain Sunday/Monday.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

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The Beast's Not in the East...the Mess is All Out West...


Thursday, 4/7/2011, 9:00 AM EDT


Like clockwork, another system moves in from the Northwest, and by tomorrow, will bring rain and snow to the Rockies and other areas in the West. Today, it will produce rain and high-elevation snow from Central Oregon and to Northern Rockies to California and parts of the Great Basin. This evening, the Upper Plains could see showers and thunderstorms. There is a stationary front setting up from the

Lower Plains into the Mid-Atlantic that will funnel Gulf Moisture from the center of the Country into the Upper Mississippi River Valley.

Tonight, this precipitation will move up the Ohio River Valley, and then bring rain to the Mid-Atlantic by Friday evening.

There are multiple wildfires in and around West Texas. New Mexico, Western Oklahoma, SW Kansas, and Southeast Colorado are also under Red Flag Warnings today.


Please consult your local NWS office for more detailed forecasts.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

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April will get better...it always does..

AMBER ALERT-

Kentucky, Canceled- Child Safe, suspect in custody

Wednesday, 4/6/2011 11:00 PM EDT


A Low will enter the Northwest today and bring rain to the Coast, and heavy snow to the mountains of Oregon and Idaho as the “Water Train” continues its journey. Tonight, the Mountains of California, will see some, or a lot, of the snow. A Southwest system bringing rain to that region, will create Heavy Snow in the Rockies by tonight.

A front across the center of the country is moving Eastward, and will bring light precipitation to the Great Lakes and Northeast, with snow in the higher elevations of New England. Behind this front will see rain and snow from the Southwest to The Plains. The Southeast will see rain by tomorrow as the High off the Atlantic Coast moves out and Gulf moisture is brought ashore.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

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Sometimes We Must Report Sadness...

Tuesday, April 5, 9 AM EDT

In the Southeast alone yesterday’s storms brought over 1,700 reports of severe wind/weather, and 20 reported tornadoes. We sadly note three deaths (one of them a child) in Georgia.



The Pacific continues its waves of moisture into the Northwest, bringing even more rain, and high elevation snow.

Another front will move down from the Rockies into the Plains and Eastward into the Ohio Valley producing elevation snow and rain from the Northern Rockies to the High Plains early today. Tonight, the precip should reach the middle of the country.

The front which produced such violent weather will move offshore later today. As it does, pockets of precipitation from Thunderstorms to some snowfall will affect areas in the The Mid-Atlantic and The Northeast.


Tornado Watches are still posted at this time in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.


In contrast to all of the moisture, 8 States have Red Flag Warnings posted, while 6 States, all below the Mason-Dixon Line, have frost and/or freeze statements issued for tonight.


Please check with your local NWS Office for more detailed information.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

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"The Rainbow Connection"
Kermit The Frog, The Muppet Movie, 1979

Sunday, 4/3 8 PM EDT

TORNADO WATCHES IN IOWA, ILLINOIS, AND WISCONSIN
UNTIL 12 AM CDT

FIRE WARNINGS, OKLAHOMA/KANSAS WITH EVACUATIONS

FIRE WARNINGS, NEW MEXICO WITH EVACUATIONS


A quick look at the National Hazards Map to the left will show a multitude of colors to indicate the wide spectrum of weather events today.

By this afternoon, a new version of the “Water Train” will hit the Pacific Northwest, bringing rain to the Coastal area, and perhaps heavy snow to the Mountains. This system will continue on into the Northern Rockies. Precip will move into the Central Rockies, Great Basin and High Plains by tonight.


The Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast will see precipitation later on Sunday into Monday as a system moves from the Plains, bringing showers and thunderstorms, with snow and sleet to the North. The precipitation will extend into the South by tomorrow morning, with the possibility of severe weather in places.


There will be snowfall today in the Upper Mid-West, and tomorrow in New England.

There are extremely dangerous Fire Situations in areas of the South, The Mid-West, The Plains, and The Southwest.

Advisor Lear