Tuesday, May 1, 2012

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Advisors who lead by example
Youtube link to Advisor Forrest Palmer's outreach message 

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  • We collaborate across state lines to provide readers with a locally relevant, accurate, forecast for their communty or place of business. 
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Tropical Team ends 2nd season 
in a row with"100%" verification 

5/1/2012 | Atlanta, GA: The 2011 Tropical Cyclone Season in the Atlantic Basin, which ended November 30, produced a total of 19 tropical storms, seven of which became hurricanes, including three major hurricanes. The Foot's Forecast Tropical Team was successful for the second year in a row with an accurate prediction in one of three key areas of tropical cyclone frequency, as explained below.

How we scored 100% 
On May 22, 2011, the multi-state Tropical Team of Foot's Forecast, led by Daniel Ross, a graduate research assistant in Meteorology at Georgia Tech, posted these predictions for tropical cyclone activity in the Atlantic Basin. In parenthesis are the actual totals as reported by NOAA, and the relative accuracy of the team forecast gauged by a departure from actual.
  • 15 Named systems (actual 19)  = 79%
  • 7 Hurricanes (actual 7) = 100%
  • 4 Major Hurricanes (actual 3) = `75%
Public accountability of this prediction can be found as posted on the Tropical Zone facebook page (facebook link).

WHY was 2011 our "second year in a row" ? 
Take a look at the Tropical Team's forecast verification for the 2010 season, issued on November 30, 2010 in this archive link on our main site, and as shown on this link to the original graphic created by Baltimore's WJZ CBS-13 news. The team predicted 19 named storms for 2010, which also verified 100%. 

Resources, Links and Backgrounder Information
    Active 2011 hurricane season breaks 'Hurricane Amnesia' 
    Hurricane Irene made landfall at approximately 7:30 am EDT on Aug. 28, 2011, near Cape Lookout, NC with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (Category 1).  This NOAA GOES-13 satellite images captured Irene’s landfall moment. 

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    "Let's get it started, in here..."
    - YouTube link to hit by Black Eyed Peas, in 2004 album Elephunk

    7:30 AM EDT 5/01/12 (Forecaster Mike) Your ticket to getting May started is to simply describe the April that was by filling in the blank here ____________. (long pause). Not as easy as it looks eh? Some are finally getting last month's showers that was supposed to bring this month's flowers, except that many of those flowers already bloomed due to the warm Spring! That's one of many examples of the variable weather pattern as we head into May. So we'll get it started with our daily regional roundup. 

    SIZZLING IN THE SOUTHEAST - Our Metro Atlanta & North Georgia zone is reporting that large sections the region may once again see highs in the upper 80s or even lower 90s. This will not be nearly as extreme as the heat over Texas a few days ago, but considering that we are not in the summer months yet, it is an uncommon way for them to start May. 

    STORMY ON THE RIVERFRONT-  Stay tuned to our Ohio Valley Severe Weather page for updates in that region, as showers and storms may be moving in from the Midwest where Flash Flood Watches and Warnings are already posted. Overall, scattered showers and storms will stretch all the way from Texas to Lake Erie, with some severe areas possible in between. 

    SO-SO IN THE CITIES - A cloudy, rainy but mild start to May for places like Baltimore, as noted on our Central Maryland zone. The cooler weather trend that has been holding strong in the Northeast for a few days now will be pushed back, as places that were in the chilly 50s and 60s on Monday are now moving into the 70s for remainder of the week.

    SHOWERY IN THE SOUND  - Those in the Pacific Northwest and our Seattle & The Sound zone will see a return of the wet weather to the region. The southwest will stay dry once again, but the heat will be lessened with more typical temperatures for this time of year.