Saturday, May 19, 2012

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"Here's a guy who says 
if the weather's clear..."
- From Fugue for Tinhorns, in the 1955 musical Guys & Dolls

8:25 AM EDT 5/19/12 (Forecaster Foot) "I got the horse right here, the name's Paul Revere, and there's a guy who says if the weather's clear..." Well horse fans, for you, that we can do. For thse in the Central Maryland region today, sunshine and warm temperatures around 75ยบ will make for an easy warm-up to post for today's 137th Running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico in Baltimore. There was no rain last night, and today's sky is bright, we hope that you and your horse will turn out all right. 

You can catch the national coverage of the race starting at 4:30 PM EDT on NBC Sports.

NATIONAL OVERVIEW WITH A LOCAL FOCUS. For an overview of our team's forecasts around the country, always check our national updates with links to local zones where weather is on the move:

For the rest of the eastern U.S., relish in another sunny Saturday for your prom, festival, or even just a quiet day in the garden. Our luck sours on Sunday with increasing clouds from a developing coastal system, so check back later today for more details on this change in the weather pattern from our multi-state team. 

Have a good day everyone!

Friday, May 18, 2012

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Facebook Friday

Photo credit: Christian Science Monitor

4:30 PM EDT 5/18/12 (Forecasters Mike and Mr. Foot) Today, the CEO of a company that started in a college dorm room 8 years ago rang the opening bell at the NASDAQ Stock Exchange in New York City. 

Why does this have to do with weather forecasting? We'll have a second post about this. The passion of a college student to innovate communication speaks loudly to what our team does every day across 20 states in the U.S., and Facebook played a central role in the development of our team over the past 3 years. 

Regional Roundup 
For the last day of the work week, many areas across the country will either continue or amplify the trends that began on Thursday. For some this will bring more nice weather, but others will see an increasingly unsettled pattern. 

A BEAUTIFUL FRIDAY ! Friday will be very similar to the weather on Thursday across portions of the Ohio Valley, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast, including the Foot's Forecast: The Capital Region where you can expect sunny skies and highs in the low to mid 70s! Stay tuned to your local zones for details on this great mid-May day to end the week! 

SOUTHEAST RAIN WANING - The threat of rain will be decreasing across the southeast for Friday, with much of the precipitation moving out to sea. However, areas like the Foot's Forecast | Central Florida and immediate coastal areas up to the Outer Banks will have to watch for some scattered thunderstorms around, but no extreme widespread rainfall is expected. 

HEATING UP AGAIN - Friday will be a much warmer day from Texas up through the middle of the country into Minnesota. Forecaster Robert is also posting on the heat building in our Southeast Wisconsin zone. 80s will be prevalent across that region fo the country, but some 90s will be seen as well. For example, some places in Minnesota can't rule out highs into the 90s! This will be largely due to a significant southerly windflow, ushering in much warmer air. Humidity will be on the increase again, although storms will hold off for the time being. However, Saturday will likely break more storm activity into the plains. 

SHOWERY IN THE WEST - The west is split north to south with increasingly unsettled weather in the Northern Rockies and Great Basin, but showers and storms will still be only scattered rather than a washout. In the Southwest, we have an increasing Fire Threat, especially across the Four Corners Region. This streak of sunny and beautiful weather across the region does come with the price of the fire danger.

Enjoy a wonderfully sunny "Facebook Friday"! 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

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Preparing for the Preakness

7:30 AM EDT 5/17/12 (Forecaster Mike) - Ready for a tranquil Thursday? For those planning proms, wedding and major sporting events such as the 137th Preakness at Pimlico in Baltimore, we are happy to report relatively few areas of high risk weather today into Friday.

RAIN PERSISTS IN THE SOUTHEAST - While the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast will be able to sweep out the wet weather, making for a beautiful Thursday, those from the Foot's Forecast | South Florida & The Keys zone to the Carolina Coast will have to be on the look out for scattered showers and thunderstorms running through once again. 

HOT OR NOT? - Across the rest of the south, the not-too-hotness is trying to continue but heat is gradually gaining just a few degrees a day. For example, those in the Foot's Forecast | Central Mississippi zone may have to watch for highs in the upper 80s with a chance at 90s. 80s will dominate a large portion of the southeast and the Great Plains region, which may be a slight warm up for some places, but look for more significant warmth to come in the next few days. 

NOT AS WARM IN THE NORTHEAST - With a gradual warm up is entering into the south central portion of the country, areas from the Ohio Valley into the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast will actually be significantly on Thursday when compared to Wednesday with highs in the 70s or even 60s close to the Lakes! For example, areas like the Philadelphia Metro, covered by the Foot's Forecast | Southeast Pennsylvania zone may be in the 70s, which is quite a drop from the humid 80s that that area saw on Wednesday. 

Becoming Slightly Unsettled in the West - Especially in the Northern Rockies and other portions of the Northwest, some scattered showers or thunderstorms will become possible on Thursday. Conversely, the Southwest will be frying again, with a fire threat developing across portions of Nevada, California, Arizona, and Utah. The map shows the fire threat for the west on Thursday. 

Stay tuned for more and have a fantastic Thursday!