Sunday, January 1, 2012

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A Regional Roundup
to Ring in the New Year

3:50 EST 1/1/2012 | Pleasant New Year's greetings to allAs we open the 8th year of Foot's Forecast, we wish to thank all our readers for your loyal support of the team and trusting us as your "go-to source" when weather is on the move. 

We have a mosaic of exciting plans for you all in 2012 as we work to improve your access to our local, daily reports. The Regional Roundup is example of a feature in development for our new website. Today's report by Forecaster Jason Isaacs of the Metro Atlanta team highlights a brief overview of content by our local forecast teams in the Southeastern U.S. The Roundup also directly connect readers with locally-produced content in their zone. It's our way of showing what we mean by "Local weather, Trusted team."  So let's get started...

North and South Carolina


Forecaster Christy in the Charlotte & Metrolina page reports warm and sunny condition to start the week ahead. Temperatures for Monday will reach the low 60s. Heading west towards the Mountains, the temperatures will drop slightly into the 50s for highs and there is a slight chance of snow showers on Monday evening as the cold front crosses the area. Visit Christy's page for more from the Metrolina area.

Forecaster Ross from the Cape Fear & Coast page has mapped out what to expect for the  upcoming week. On Monday, an arctic cold front will be pushing through the area. Highs will be in the low 50s on Monday, and rather chilly overnight lows in the mid-20s. Tuesday brings  blustery and chilly weather, with highs only in the low 40s and lows that might touch 20, with a welcome warming trend towards end of the week. Visit Ross's page for an inside look from the Wilmington, NC area.


Forecaster Keith of the Albemarle & Outer Banks page says that to expect continued breezy weather on Monday with highs in the mid 40s. Temps will drop to a bug-killing cold of 30 on Monday night. On Tuesday, even with the sunny skies, highs will remain in the 30s. Add in a brisk 25 mph NW wind gusting to around 40 and we have a significanty wind chill issue (see chart below). Tuesday night winds will continue with lows in the upper 20s. Vacationers and residents of the Outer Banks...consider adding the page to your like list. 

East Tennessee

Forecaster Jeremy in East Tennessee  states that Sunday a cold front will move through the area producing a shot of cold weather. By Monday, highs will only be in the mid 30's and highs on Tuesday will be in the low 30's. Lows on Monday night and Tuesday night could even be in the teens! There could be some snow flurries of snow showers over the higher elevations of the Smokies, especially around the Mountains of Northeast Tennessee above 3500' elevation associated with the northwest flow on Monday evening. However, no snow will be falling across the rest of East Tennessee. For more from the Knoxville area, visit Jeremy's page.

North Georgia

Forecaster Isaacs from the  Metro Atlanta page posted a 7-day forecast map showing mostly sunny skies through Thursday with a slight chance of rain on Sunday. The temperatures will start this weekend in the 60s and drop into the 40s after the New Year...Tuesday will most likely be the coldest day with frigid and windy conditions for North Georgia. Those flying into Hartsfield should stop on by our page and keep it in your like list.

South Georgia

Forecaster Brandon in South Georgia  was as glad as everyone to enjoy nice and mild conditions this New Year's weekend with temperatures well above average. By tonight, clouds increase late in the evening with a brief shower or some sprinkles possible after sunset. Starting Monday, winds pick up and temperatures will turn back toward cold area wide, with the coldest temperatures occurring Wednesday Morning. We warm up towards the end of the week. Little or no chance of rain expected for the next 7 days.

Florida

Forecaster Amanda from our South Florida & The Keys page notes that a dry cold front will move through bringing in a cold air mass Monday night. Lows for Monday will drop in the low 40s, with mid 30s expected Tuesday night! Below freezing is currently expected for Hernando, Citrus, Levy, and Sumter counties, expect to see freeze warnings Tuesday night. Highs will only reach 60 Tuesday. Bundle up, especially all our northern snowbirds who have come on down to soak up here in the Sunshine State!
  
Mississippi

Forecaster Stewart from the Central Mississippi page explains the remainder of New Year’s Day will remain slightly cooler with temperatures into the low 60s. Cold air arrives in the state on Monday. Temperatures may only reach low to mid 50s for the first few days of the New Year and we'll see temperatures in the 20s for lows. Above normal temperatures will return by Thursday with drier weather for the rest of the week.

For more detailed forecasts, please visit your specific area page...and from the entire U.S. Team of Foot's Forecast, our warmest wishes for a safe and productive New Year!


(Regional Roundup by Forecaster Jason Isaacs of the Georgia Team, Editors Mr. Foot and Mr. Palmer) 
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Our team in the media

From a Baltimore County high school classroom ... to recognition by Yahoo News in August 2011 as "an innovative and hugely informative weather information site," and a "credible weather source" by the Seattle Times, Foot's Forecast has become a go-to team for locally relevant weather by thousands across the country every day. This chronology of highlights is the true story of what has been said about our team by the media.

Lead Forecaster Greg Jackson
in the Carroll County Times
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9/25/2011  Lead Forecaster Greg Jackson of our Three Rivers Team in metro Pittsburgh (facebook link) was featured in a Sunday, 9/25/2011 article in The Carroll County Times: "Many jobs involve social media use as part everyday process."  Greg is a 2011 graduate of North Carroll High School of the Carroll Public Schools, a freshman in Environmental Studies  at the California University of Pennsylvania. Greg, along with Forecaster Matt Balash comprise the Three Rivers Team serving the Southwest Pittsburgh area. 

8/27/2011 
Lead Forecaster Connor Meehan of Central Maryland in the Baltimore Sun and Howard County Times "Columbia teen forecasts Hurricane Irene's track." Connor is a senior at Atholton High School in the Howard County Public Schools.  Prior to Hurricane Irene, Connor was invited to the County Emergency Operations Center to discuss the approaching storm and analyze model scenarios and potential storm risks.


8/25/2011 
Director of U.S. Team Operations Aaron Salter of Carroll County, MD interviewed by Dan Rodricks of 88.1 WYPR-FM Public Radio in Maryland. Aaron is a senior in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County and a service-learning intern in the nationally-recognized Shriver Center on the UMBC campus.


8/24/2011 
Lead Advisor Rich Foot of Central Maryland in the Dundalk Eagle "Dundalk-Edgemere braces for possible arrival of Hurricane Irene."