Sunday, October 9, 2011

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Our Vision & Values


FootsForecast.org is a weather forecasting, decision support and education outreach company. Our staff is led by 3-member Administrative Team, a 5-member Advisory Board and an 8-member college student Leadership Team. This supervisory group supports a network of local forecasters in the workforce, pursuing an  Atmospheric Science or related degree, or in high school. 


Our multi-state teams, guided by meteorologists, are passionate about providing our readers an accurate, locally-relevant forecast. We collaborate with clients and professionals in year-round decision support based on meteorologic and climatologic data. We seek continuous innovation from within our members to advance understanding of weather and climate in order to help protect lives and save property.


To open a dialogue with our team regarding student/citizen science outreach, partnerships, client services or investing opportunities, please contact one of the following:


• Team Operations: Aaron Salter (Team application contact )
• Student Outreach: Mr. Forrest Palmer (Team guidance)
• Operating Officer: Mr. Keith Krichinsky (Client services & operations)
• Executive Officer: Mr. Rich Foot (Strategic planning & partnerships) 
• Scientific Advisor: Dr. Nathaniel Winstead (Scientific methodology)  
    MISSION 
    For student and professional forecasters in a community to serve local readers with daily, data-based weather forecasts relevant to the culture of the area.
      

    VISION 
    A market-leading company in collaborative weather forecasting and climate education at the local level. Our decision support model, led by student forecasters, will redefine “local weather” by building trust with the public and engage readers in a scientific conversation about climate. Innovative delivery of weather to the educational system via social media will provide students with employment opportunities across North America, guided by qualified local mentors.

    VALUES

    1. Collaboration to inform the public of weather hazards and climate science through customized, locally relevant products based on data from NOAA’s National Weather Service.

    2. Passion for authentic career opportunities and leadership experience to our students with interest in public service and in serving clients and readers with weather information specific to their needs.

    3. Innovation to improve preparation, coordination and response to high impact events and climate change risks by increasing communication through partnership with emergency management, research institutions, science & technology centers and education outreach programs such as the NOAA Center for Atmospheric Science CAREERS/Weather Camp.

    STRUCTURE

    Legal Foot’s Forecast is registered in the State of Delaware as a Limited Liability Company, has a trade name registration at the Maryland State Department of Taxation and pending trademarks filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Our intellectual property counsel is Bell Nunnally & Martin in Dallas, Texas, and local counsel is Love, Fleming and Bearsch in Bel Air, Maryland.

    Partners Foot’s Forecast is developing a teaming agreement the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, led by the UMBC Shriver Center, a nationally-recognized college service learning and career placement institution. Our multi-state teams collaborate with educators from public school systems in Maryland and Georgia, municipalities in several states, and numerous city, county and state emergency management agencies. 


    Opportunities for Investors  We welcome a dialogue with individuals or organizations which would like to build a long-term support mechanism for students to obtain career-enhancing experience, as well as gain return on investment in helping to promote our products and services. Please contact Keith Krichinsky, Chief Operating Officer, on next steps.

    OFFICER TEAM 
     Richard Foot – Chief Executive Officer/Lead Advisor
    • Keith Krichinsky - Chief Operating Officer/Forecast Advisor
    Bradley LearChief Financial Officer/Senior Advisor


    ADVISORY BOARD
    • Forrest Palmer – Student Outreach Officer
     Nathaniel Winstead, Ph.D - Scientific Advisor
    • H. Michael Mogil - Certified Consulting Meteorologist
    • Justin Berk – Certified Broadcast Meteorologist/Advisor
    Jeffrey Halverson, Ph.D –  Tropical/Severe Weather Advisor
    Patricia Abrahms - Teacher Education Advisor



    Advisory Board members serve as volunteers and receive no compensation or honoraria for student or forecast advising.


    The Foot's Forecast 2011 Vision & Mission Statement was approved 10/10/2011 by the  Advisory Board. 

    Friday, October 7, 2011

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    "All good things..."
    - Title of the two-part final episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation
    and the 2010 film starring Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst

    11:00 PM EDT 10/8/2011
    We trust our readers in the Eastern U.S. have relished in the  the nearly cloud-free conditions and warm sunshine this weekend courtesy of an expansive high pressure ridge (NWS map). In many areas from the Ohio Valley to the Northeast and the Mid-South, pleasant weather will continue well into Columbus Day. If you have not been able to get outside and enjoy these golden October days, we encourage you to do on Sunday while you can.

    Changes are in the offing. Our team's analysis of long range computer models, led by Forecaster Connor in Maryland and Forecaster Nic in North Carolina, show that an area of disturbed weather extending from Central Florida into the northern Gulf is likely to develop over the next few days. This system may not attain true tropical characteristics, but it sure may act like one. Our Tropical Team is also watching the situation closely. Concerns over a potentially strong East coast storm next week prompted the Climate Prediction Center to hoist a troika of "heavy rain, high winds and significant waves" on the U.S. Hazards Assessment Map for the Day 3 through 7 period. 

    ...must come to an end. We know our North Texas readers must be rejoicing to see the toilsome end of the longest period of low rainfall on record. Though the hot conditions ended a few weeks ago, this 5-day precipitation projection from the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center shows that many will be singing in the rain this week. Copiously welcome rainfall of 10 or more inches may grace the Oklahoma-Texas border, and the East coast of Florida in the 5-day period ahead. For those in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, soak up that sun now... for all good things must come to an end. (Forecaster Foot)

    Tuesday, October 4, 2011

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    "Sometimes in a movie, 
    the lines are so perfect."
    - Jimmy Fallon from Saturday Night Live

    Image from Weather Underground
    posted by Forecaster Mark Ingalls
    12:10 PM EDT 10/4/2011
    A vigorous, almost-hurricane looking system arrived on the shores of the Pacific Northwest (Facebook page) this weekend, boasting an estimated central pressure of 984 millibars. This impressive-looking satellite image helped to further reinforce the warm October pattern we believe was set in motion by the effects of former Typhoon Roke (NASA). That system, after lashing Japan in mid-September as a Category 4 SuperTyphoon, trekked across the north Pacific and slammed into British Columbia with wind gusts up to 105 mph in Vancouver back on September 26 (AccuWeather)

    Oklahoma Univ. Weather Lab
    "It's all about the Pacific." That's the best line we have to describe the overall weather pattern heading into winter. The current high pressure ridge in the central U.S. looks to be locked in place, thanks to a Pacific influence. Will Ferrel, from 2010's "Other Guys" (with Mark Wahlberg) would agree trying to forecast against a strong Pacific-driven La Nina pattern, "you lose that battle 9 times out of 10." (Youtube video). What we believe this means for the rest of Autumn in North America may be similar to what was observed in 2007, 1989 or even 1970 (AMS article)The pattern followed this easy-to-read script. 

    • October: Generally mild to warm for much of the U.S. delaying the first killing frost by several weeks but ending cold and stormy.
    • November: Mild to warm, then a sharp snap-back to cold near Thanksgiving sprinkled with brief snow events in the Midwest and East.
    • December: Early season cold snaps with brief snow events, ending rainy and above normal.


    SO WHAT'S THE PERFECT LINE NOW?  
    • For teachers planning field trips: Go now to early November 
    • For coaches wanting good long practices: Bank on mid-month
    • For builders assessing construction plans: Warm & storm-free for a good part of October; mid-month severe outbreak in the southern Plains; possible tropical activity along the Gulf or Southeast.  
    • For gardeners planning yardwork: Transplant those perennials!  
    • For powderhounds scoping for first tracks, Head northwest for the best. La Nina says places like Whistler-Blackcomb in the Coast Range will reap the rewards of the Pacific pattern this year.
    (Forecasters Foot, Nic Robeson and the Long Range Team)