Thursday, November 8, 2012

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Foot's Forecast:
How We Do Weather Differently

Forecaster Jason worked closely with public safety officials from
Ocean City, Maryland during the Pantech Dew Tour in 2011 and 2012 


  • AccuWeather, Inc. is in State College, PA and states their headquarters is the largest concentration of forecast meteorologists in one place. We have over 75  local forecasters and meteorologists spread across the United States. Any hour of the day, we'll come to your office, work in your operations center, or send you a briefing document. We provide a level of on-site and online human interaction you cannot buy from Accuweather. Our difference? We can rapidly respond to your local needs.

    • The Weather Channel LLC is in Atlanta, GA. While hundreds of miles away from actual winter weather, TWC pulls automated content from the NOAA Global Forecast System to produce your "local on the 8's." We personally live through the storms we forecast to you, not report on-site to boost ratings when the weather is interesting. Our difference? We live the local weather with you, every day in your location.

      • The National Weather Service has 122 forecast offices across the nation. Their mission is to "provide weather, water, and climate data, forecasts and warnings for the protection of life and property and enhancement of the local economy." To do this for large populations such as the 9 million across the Baltimore/Washington area requires significant annual federal funding. But to efficiently understand the vast NOAA/NWS information suite, our clients rely on our interpretations of it and explanations of changing weather patterns.  Our difference? We collaborate across state lines to quickly connect you with consistent, actionable information.

      If locally-relevant weather decision support is a priority for your organization, and you'd like to talk to a forecaster now, contact us: collaborate@footsforecast.org or call 443.929.0721

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      Wednesday, November 7, 2012

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      White In The Pre-Winter Night

      FIRST SIGNIFICANT SNOW OF THE SEASON 
      FOR NORTHERN I-95 CORRIDOR 

      Inland blue:Winter Weather Advisories
      Inland pink: Winter Storm Warnings
      Dark blue: Storm Wind Warning: (winds 55 mph+ )
      Light Red: Hurricane Wind Force Warning (winds 74 mph +)

      AS OF 8:43 AM EST 11/7/2012

      INLAND IMPACTS - ACCUMULATING SNOW:
      • 1-3" Northern and northeastern Maryland 
      • 3-5" Eastern Pennsylvania including metro Philadelphia, Southeast New York
      • 4-6" Northern Delaware, western & central New Jersey 
      • 6" or more for the I-87 corridor and southern New England 
      COASTAL IMPACTS - HIGH WINDS AND HEAVY RAIN: 
      • Sustained north and northeast winds of 35+ mph along the Delmarva coast, in across New Jersey and southeast New York State. 
      • Those areas also will receive wind gusts up to 60 mph.
      • Rainfall of 2-3 inches in recently affected areas from Hurricane Sandy
      • The extreme eastern shore of MD and DE could also see brief periods of rain/snow mixed in the early morning hours on Thursday. 
      LOCAL UPDATES FROM OUR FORECAST ZONES

      Foot's Forecast: The Bayshore (Eastern MD counties) 

      Mid-Atlantic Winter Stormcast Team:
      Connor, Jason M., Greg J., Zach F., Jason I., Mike N., Advisors Foot and Alex D. 


      Tuesday, November 6, 2012

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      Snow, Or No?
      ASSESSING MID-ATLANTIC SNOW RISK 
      IN THE NEXT COASTAL EVENT


      4:05 PM EST 11/6 - Election Day Greetings To All! Yesterday, we were becoming concerned about the possibility of accumulating snowfall occurring more east of mountains than was originally expected. That possibility is still present, but we don't expect it to become a surprise high impact snow event as some computer models were originally hinting toward from yesterday. 


      SO WHO GETS THE SNOW?  We are not ruling out snow completely, but if any snow were to develop overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning, it would be confined to:
      • Coating to 2" for northeast Maryland into eastern Pennsylvania
      • Northeast New Jersey
      • The extreme eastern shore of MD and DE could also see brief periods of rain/snow mixed in the early morning hours on Thursday. 
      • Northeast NY and extreme SE New York, including NYC could see some accumulating snow if the storm track shifts more west. 
      ZONES AFFECTED
      Foot's Forecast: The Bayshore (Eastern MD counties) 

      WHY THE CHANGE? Projections from several latest computer model runs as well as large scale atmospheric observations such as the North Atlantic Oscillation* (NAO) point to the upcoming storm, while still expected to be a very potent coastal event, is likely to remain further offshore. This will unfortunately produce strong north and northeast winds of 35+ mph along the Delmarva coast, in across New Jersey and southeast New York State. Those areas have a High Wind Watch in effect for gusts up to 60+ mph.

      However west of the Chesapeake Bay, heavy precipitation is not likely to have a major impact at this time, although winds will still be strong and gusty at times Wednesday night into Thursday along and east of I-95 and along Delmarva. We will continue narrowing the possibilities for you today on this page and in our main site storm section (http://www.footsforecast.org/p/storm

      (Forecasters Connor, Jason M., Greg J., Zach F., Jason I., Mike N., Advisors Foot and Alex D. )