Saturday, January 5, 2013


"Here Comes The Sun..."-  George Harrison, The Beatles 

read more about this image from NASA's Astronomy Pic of the Day

7:00 AM EST 1/5/12 (Forecaster Mike N. and Mr. Foot) With many weeks of winter in front of us, many of you are no doubt wondering what lies ahead for the Mid-Atlantic region.  The overall trend has been more snow in place where it is less needed, and less of it in places needed most. The real questions on the minds of many we investigated in our previous report... 

For those who have difficulty with the decrease of sunlight in the Northern Hemisphere winter, we have some DELIGHTFUL NEWS for you. Help is on the way, courtesy of your neighborhood sunrise table.

Each year Between January 9 and 11, depending on your location, BOTH sunrise and sunset start moving toward the spring-summer pattern. For example, while the date of the EARLIEST sunset in Baltimore was actually December 7, it is not until until early January for SUNRISE to start moving earlier. Need proof? Take a look on the US Navy's daylight tables

INTRODUCING THE ANALEMMAWe know, it is a bizarre name and not easily explained, but the unique looking figure 8 image above is a capture of the actual daily travel pattern of the sun in our sky-- across the whole year. called the Analemma. For teachers, here is a great kick off lesson topic for any day this week: 

WHY does the earliest sunset occur BEFORE the winter solstice and HOW CAN the latest sunrise occur AFTER the winter solstice

Squirming to know the answer? 
Some resources to help explain it:

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

“I’m not angry. I’m disappointed…”
Jack Hall, Day After Tomorrow
  • By Zachary Fasnacht, Winter Stormcast Director | Jason Isaacs, Southeast Education Coordinator

    6:50 PM EST 1/01/13 A lot of questions have come up the past few weeks asking us…“What happened to the snow?” Well, the truth is just like in the Day After Tomorrow, “we are not angry, we are disappointed” with the outcome of the recent events. The purpose of this article is to explain the past projections, the current trends, and what the future holds for the Mid-Atlantic region. 

    But, wait? As Sam Hall tried to explain the truth to his father, his father asks an important question. “Sam, how can there be two sides?” Well, in meteorology we know that everything cannot be perfect and revisions are a necessary part in any winter forecast. So, we are going to go against Jack Hall and explain the other side of the story.

Winter Weather Consulting 
with the Foot's Forecast Winter Stormcast Team

A HIGH-IMPACT PATTERN has established over North America. Our team expects a
challenging round of winter weather to affect the Eastern U.S. the next few weeks.

  •  Relying on a 99-cent Smartphone app that can't answer questions
  •  Staring at a radar loop when you have more important work
  •  Basing tough decisions on a 15-second Weather Channel graphic

GET PREPARED, BEFORE YOU HAVE TO. Our team has immediate answers, interpretative services and integrated support. We can provide you: