Monday, March 18, 2013

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Who's down for an early Spring warmup?

REPEATING 50-DAY PATTERN OF TROUGHS AND WARMUPS SINCE EARLY WINTER 
POINTS TO EARLY APRIL SURGE OF ABOVE NORMAL TEMPS IN EASTERN U.S. 


3/18/2013 (Forecaster Nic Roberson and the Long Range Team) 

If you are ready to be "done" with the recurring cold spells, our team is with you on that! We have been looking down the road to pick out signs for what could lead to a nice warm up in the east toward late March and early April. We offer this analysis of the pattern going back from early December, and moving forward to present day. these indicators. 

(Image: 8-14 day temperature projections from the NOAA Climate Prediction Center) 
  • A DECEMBER START Using the "Lezak Recurring Cycle" hypothesis (LRC) helps us find a starting point to the seasonal trends, in this case we go back to Dec 10 2012 as shown below. This image   shows much above normal temps can be seen across a good portion of the south east US into the Mid Atlantic. 
  • A JANUARY REPEAT Going forward 51 days from that period brings us to Jan 30, 2013. Take notice of how the orientation of the upper level troughs in both situations led to more above normal temps in parts of the East -- for both mid December and end of January. 
  • WHAT IS NEXT? Going forward from late March into early April, we expect to see this trough arrangement to repeat once again, giving rise to another warm up ahead of it, propagating East with time. The warm spell will likely start in interior sections after Easter, and reach the coast by start of April. However, one area that may yet escape this warmth may be upper portions of the Northeast, which could still be under heavy snowcover by then. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

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Celebrating St. Patrick's Weekend With You!
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Another Storm That Just...Wasn’t 



7:00 PM EST 3/6 (Mid-Atlantic Winter Stormcast Director Zach Fasnacht)

Today, many meteorologists, Foot’s included, were wrong on their forecasts as a major winter snowstorm turned into no more than a rain and snow mix for most areas. Although some places did receive decent snow accumulations today, many other regions, including areas of our highest readership in Baltimore and Washington D.C., this storm was a major bust. The Winter Storm Warnings that were issued, disappeared quietly and some  students were making mud angels in puddles rather than snow angels.

SO WHAT WENT WRONG? Going into this storm some of us worried that an easterly flow could keep things too warm, but the models disagreed and so we put a little too much faith in the models in predicting the precipitation type. 

  • It turned out that a mixture of cloud cover Tuesday night and an easterly flow kept surface temperatures too warm for snow in many places. Other areas saw snow, but due to the lack of intensity it did not accumulate as the high sun angle this time of year wreaks havoc on accumulation. 
  • Without the cold air in place or heavy precipitation, we lacked the ingredients to create a widespread major snowstorm. When making our forecast we outlined some of the factors that could affect it, but in the long run we did not assess this as much as needed and they came back to beat us:     (http://www.footsforecast.org/2013/03/just-when-you-thought-it-was-safe.html).

LIFE LESSONS Without making any excuses for the forecast, meteorology is still an imperfect science. Many of us at Foot’s are currently studying in college to improve the science whether through computer modeling, atmospheric science research, or other related fields of study. 

Unfortunately, despite that dozens of team members collaborated for hours on end in this this storm, the forecast ended up wrong. We aim to continue earning your trust and readership, and hope you will not turn away from our authentic local weather source due to this one event. Earning your loyalty is key for us, as we seek to always put our best Foot forward trying to improve and provide you with the best forecast possible. 

Enjoy the rest of your week and hint hint, some warmer weather could make some smiling faces this weekend!

Yours Truly,
Winter Stormcast Team
(Director Zachary F., Advisor Rich F., Meteorologist Alex D., Michael M., Connor M., Jason M., Nikki B., Greg J., Dakota S.)
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A Series Of Unfortunate Events?
- Headline derived from the 2004 Disney film starring Jim Carrey 

What turned out a "Nomageddon" for some places along I-95 
in Maryland was a winter wonderland for others farther inland. 
(L: southern Baltimore County; R: Carroll County, MD)

3:50 PM EST 3/6 (Winter Stormcast Team) STORM MESSAGE: For those who saw snow today, among the reasons were simply geography and sun angle. Your location being farther inland and away from moderating influence of an Easterly wind created a more favorable environment for snow to form at upper levels -- and reach the surface to accumulate. 

Our headline is also a fancy way of saying what makes forecasters the world over cringe: A bust

Those who did not receive the snow we forecasted, the reasons were outlined as wild cards in our Monday 8 PM post, "Just When You Thought It Was Safe" where Forecaster Mike stated the following (note we are not trying to "explain away" the storm ;-)

"SNOW FACTORS: Given that it is late in the season there are many factors that could affect accumulations. 
  • SUN ANGLE: Since we are nearing the start of Spring, the angle of direct sunlight is increasing with each passing day. This could limit snowfall accumulations during the day. Areas that see higher snow rates however should not see this as an issue as the snow rates will overcome any melting from the sun. Additionally, sun angle also influences road temperatures (believe it or not) as solar radiation passes through the cloud layer.
  • TIMING: The time of day is also an issue as it is easier for the snow to start accumulation overnight than during the day.
Below is our previous update from 7:30 AM this morning

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

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Knock, Knock, Knocking On (Mid-Atlantic's) Door


11:40 PM EST 3/5 (Winter Stormcast Team) Are you seeing snow or rain yet? Let us know!

STORM OVERVIEW: The day many of us never expected would happen this Winter is less than 12 hours away. Yes, in less than 12 hours a major snowstorm will be affecting much of the mid-Atlantic region. 

  • Precipitation should begin moving into the region around midnight with heavy snow likely through the day Wednesday. By the time the snow ends Wednesday night, many areas of central Maryland, northern Virginia, eastern West Virginia, and southern Pennsylvania should have a significant accumulation of snow on the ground. 
  • There will be many impacts from this storm including school closures, flight cancellations, and scattered power outages making this a high impact event.

TIMING: Precipitation is already moving into southern portions of the region and will move into the remainder of the Mid Atlantic over the next couple hours:

  • We expect precipitation to continue across much of West Virginia, Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania throughout the day on Wednesday. 
  • Precipitation should taper off during the late evening across West Virginia and western portions of Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania. 
  • For areas farther to the east across the Delmarva and eastern Pennsylvania, precipitation may not clear out until the early morning hours on Thursday.

PRECIPITATION TYPE:
As with many of the storms this winter, precipitation type could be an issue for some portions of the mid-Atlantic: We expect a mix of rain and snow at onset around the I-95 corridor before changing to heavy snow. 
  • To the west of I-95 and the Baltimore-D.C. metro area, expect all snow which will be heavy at times on Wednesday. 
  • Areas east of I-95 could see mixing continue through the day, limiting snowfall accumulations. 
  • Further east along the coast, expect mainly rain with some snow mixing in at times.

IMPACTS: In areas that do experience snowfall, we expect there to be fairly significant impacts. Due to the duration of the event, both the morning and evening commutes will be extremely difficult, especially west of I-95. 
  • As a result of the marginal air mass associated with this storm, snow that falls will have an extremely high moisture content, which can be very heavy in large amounts. This poses a threat to power lines, trees, and weakened structures where snow is able to accumulate. 
  • Although the majority of vulnerable trees and limbs have already fallen victim to recent weather events, we still expect there to be power outages in the area and urge residents to be prepared. 
  • Many school closures are expected on Wednesday so make sure to check your school before heading out the door. Also, local airports have already begun canceling flights by the hundreds and we expect this to continue. 
  • Lastly, due to the heavy nature of the snow, please take many breaks and stay hydrated while attempting to remove snow from your property.

ACCUMULATIONS: Snow is expected to be heavy at times, especially across central Maryland and southern Pennsylvania where rates could reach 2-3” per hour. The Baltimore-Washington metro area could see 4-8” with places to the west seeing higher amounts. Below is a list of snowfall accumulations expected per city:
Washington D.C.: 4-8” | Baltimore, MD: 4-8”Westminster, MD: 4-8" | Annapolis, MD: 3-5”Ocean City, MD: Mainly rain | Dover, DE: 2-4”
Hagerstown, MD: 8-12” | Martinsburg, WV: 8-12”Pittsburgh, PA: 4-6” | Harrisburg, PA: 4-8”Philadelphia, PA: 4-8” | Atlantic City, NJ: 2-4
Winter Stormcast Team 
(Winter Stormcast Director Zachary Fasnacht, Mid-Atlantic Director Greg J., Advisor Rich F., Meteorologist Alex D., Michael N., Connor M., Jason M., Nikki B.)

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" Really? Really..."
-Amy Pollard and Seth Meyers, Saturday Night Live

Mostly clear skies in Baltimore City, MD
as the sun sets before the storm
5:35 PM EST 3/5 (Forecasters Foot and Natoli) For those basking in sunshine across the eastern Mid-Atlantic today, it is hard to imagine that winter is about to make a serious comeback tonight into Thursday. Today's conditions, with highs in the upper 40s to 50 in the Washington DC are a weather forecast version of the famous SNL News Update skits by Amy and Seth. 

You probably got "the look" from someone today when you asked, "Ready for the storm?" [big smile]. To which your colleague said, "What storm??"

And we know a few folks then said either. "Oh, you'll find out..." or "I have my sources." Thanks for making our team one of your sources, because our site traffic shows that obviously someone was reading, to the tune of 200,000 hits to this page over 2 days! 

That said, we are not resting on our snow-covered laurels, and hope to address some good questions from readers below regarding our snow forecasts, as shown in the preliminary forecast map as issued on Monday 3/4 at 6:00 PM.





WILDCARD # 1 - Could Forecasted Snow Amounts Be Too HIGH? 
  • Mixing - We are watching the potential for east winds to bring in warmer air off of the Chesapeake Bay around midday Wednesday, which could cause some areas to re-mix with or change to snow. 
  • Lower Rates - This storm involves the low pressure in the Ohio Valley weakening, then a new one strengthening on the coast. While energy is transferring, we may see lower precipitation rates, which would limit the ability of the storm to bring down cold air from the upper atmosphere. 

WILDCARD # 2 - Could Forecasted Snow Amounts be too LOW? 
  • Banding – As the storm strengthens, it pulls some local bands of heavy precipitation through, similar to what happened in Connecticut a month ago. This wouldn’t bring accumulations nearly that significant but possibly higher than what we are currently projecting. 
  • Stalling – We are also watching the potential for the low pressure system to slow down or stall off the coast, leaving precipitation and snow producing temperatures over the region through Wednesday night or Thursday early morning.
The High Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) model 

The bottom line on our current forecast: No major changes.
Our team will issued a FINAL SNOWFALL FORECAST later this evening.
For links to our previous reports, visit these stories:

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Can't Hardly Wait?

Preliminary snowfall for the Central Mid-Atlantic until 6 PM Wednesday

5:00 AM EST 3/5/12 Are you one of those who "Can't Hardly Wait?" for the next update or for every snippet of storm news, good or bad? For powderhounds, this upcoming storm will be a dream few can envision right now. But if you're in public safety, facilities or transportation or the health care industry, it's a slow-moving nightmare. 

Either way, we know you can't hardly wait to learn there are some BIG changes to the forecast, including: 

Monday, March 4, 2013

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"Just When You Thought It Was Safe..."
- Jaws



8:00 PM EST 3/4 (Winter Stormcast Team) While many readers in the Mid-Atlantic this winter have sad watching in either dismay or glee as snowstorms affect other regions, this time, the sharks have come back to feed. If you want a snow-fueled frenzy, we have good news, and if falling back into winter's clutches is your worst fear, then prepare for bad news. 

major winter storm is expected to bear down on much of the mid-Atlantic Tuesday night into Wednesday. Many areas from Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey could experience heavy snow from this system. Our preliminary snowfall map for the region as follows:



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This. Is. Not. A. Drill.

HIGH-IMPACT SNOW EVENT FOR MID-ATLANTIC
Region faces most widespread storm since Jan 26, 2011

3:30 PM EST 3/4/13 | LATEST FROM OUR WINTER STORMCAST TEAM 
Forecasters Greg J., Michael N., Zachary F., Connor M., Jason M., Foot, Davies


As part of our team's pre-storm process to establish the basis for a snowfall forecast, we first introduce the data origins, that of "QPF" or "Quantitative Precipitation Forecast" The enclosed chart is based on NOAA data as rendered by the weather website coolwx.com.

THE GENERAL GIST? 
Several computer models have projected a general 1.5 to 2.0 inches of liquid for much of Virginia and Maryland, with up to 1.0 inches for southern Pennsylvania. With snow ratios expected to start "lower" due to marginal temperatures, we are anticipating much of the snow will fall at an 8:1 ratio, ending near 10:1 in western areas of the Mid-Atlantic.



RATIOS VS. SNOWFALL: 

The chart show indicates what is possible were this storm to "overperform" regarding both liquid amounts (closer to 2.0") and ratios. We expect snow to begin late Tuesday night, with the bulk of the heavy snow Wednesday morning to midday. This may cause ratios to decrease in areas near the coast, along I-95, with normally colder areas west of the major cities, along I-81 corridor staying with higher ratios.

BOTTOM LINE? We want readers in the Mid-Atlantic to be prepared for a heavy wet snow event that may produce 5-8 inches in the major mid- Atlantic cities by Wednesday noon. Much higher amounts of up to 12 inches are possible just west of those areas-- from southern PA to northern Baltimore County through Carroll, western Howard and down to west of DC and along I-81.

If liquid equivalent trends continue rising, and the storm begins Tuesday night as mostly snow, much of the region may face a significantly higher impact storm than is currently being forecasted by our team and other outlets.


(Forecasters Foot, Connor, Jason, Greg, Zach; Meteorologist Davies)



10:30 AM EST 3/4 : Previous update from the Winter Stormcast Team 

NOAA/NWS WINTER STORM STATEMENTS:
  • Eastern US NWS Regional HQ:  Winter Storm Watches in effect for all of central & western Maryland, northern & central Virginia, the Baltimore-Washington metro areas and southern Pennsylvania.

WINTER STORM MODE Due to the likelihood of significant winter weather within the next 48 hours,  "Winter Storm Mode" is activated for the following zones. This is to notify our readers of increased coverage and postings in affected local zones:
  • ALL MARYLAND ZONES, ALL VIRGINIA ZONES, POTOMAC RIVER VALLEY
  • THREE RIVERS, SOUTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA, CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA

SYNOPSIS: After anxiously waiting for months on end for a big snowfall, it appears as though many readers in the mid-Atlantic will finally receive THE snowstorm of the year in a powder-filled last hurrah. The latest computer projections of liquid equivalents in this storm are showing a possible 1.0" or greater for the Baltimore-Washington area into southern Pennsylvania. Some models, such as the short-range NAM (North American Mesoscale) show up to 0.79" of liquid falling as snow, whereas the GFS (Global Forecast System) reduces snow liquid equivalent to just 0.49" as snow, with a disruptive 1.12" of sleet as another possibility! 

If the storm starts as all snow, then snow-to-liquid ratios may start lower, but end higher, at a point in time when the storm is at its peak in the overnight hours into Wednesday.  If so, the resulting snowfall could become a significant event for the region.
  • Bulk of the snowstorm should move through from Tuesday night to Wednesday night providing a period of heavy snow to many areas of central mid-Atlantic. The exact track of heaviest snow is still an uncertainty, but at the moment much of central and western Maryland look to be the center point.
  • This storm is likely to be a high impact event for much of the region, causing difficult travel, widespread school closures, and flight cancellations Tuesday night through Thursday morning. Below we outline the current scenarios that we see for this significant snowstorm with the first being most likely. 

SNOWFALL SCENARIOS: The map shown below displays shows our two scenarios for the heaviest snowfall amounts. If you are not in the areas, it does not mean you will not see snow, it just means that you will likely not be in the heaviest snow area. We will have additional updates and preliminary snowfall totals posted later today.



SCENARIO A (Slower storm with a northerly component, heavy snow in MD)

TIMING: In this scenario, the storm is a bit slower and is able to push further north before moving offshore. Expect precipitation to push into portions of the mid-Atlantic Tuesday evening. Snow would be heaviest through the day Wednesday before coming to an end from west to east Wednesday night.  

ACCUMULATIONS: Central and western Maryland, along with and south central Pennsylvania could see significant to high snowfall accumulations. Other areas across southern Pennsylvania could see a moderate to significant snowfall, especially across Franklin and Adams counties. Further east across southern New Jersey and Delaware, precipitation should start as rain and might change to snow for a few hours before pushing offshore leading to slushy accumulations of a few inches.  

IMPACTS:  Portions of central and southern Maryland could start as rain before changing to heavy snow. An extended period of heavy snow is likely across Maryland and extreme south central Pennsylvania (southern Adams, Franklin, Fulton, and Bedford counties) which could last for up to 12 hours. 

The snow would be heavy wet snow and given the heavy accumulations, damage would be expected for weak structures than cannot handle the weight of the snow. This would cause travel problems Tuesday night through Thursday morning across Maryland and southern Pennsylvania. Many flights would likely be cancelled on Wednesday at Dulles and BWI.

SCENARIO B (Storm departs more quickly. heavy snow stays in Virginia)

TIMING: Precipitation would begin across the mid-Atlantic Tuesday afternoon. Heaviest snow would fall across Virginia Tuesday night and taper off around midday Wednesday. 
IMPACTS/ACCUMULATIONS: The storm could push offshore before developing and not provide much precipitation to the central mid-Atlantic. This could lead to a mix of rain and snow changing to heavy snow with significant accumulations across Central Virginia. 
Further north some light to moderate snow is possible, but rain may mix in and lower accumulations. The snow would be heavy wet snow, so damage is possible if enough of it piles up on a weak structure. Travel would be affected Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday afternoon across portions of central and northern Virginia.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

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END TO THE SNOW DROUGHT?


8:25 PM 3/3/13 - TEAM STATEMENT - As you can see in the graphic above, the lack of snow for the past two years has been very significant. Many Mid-Atlantic cities have not had notable accumulation since January 26th, 2011! After holding back all year, the pattern looks like it will all come together to end winter 2012-13 with a bang. 

After anxiously waiting for months on end for a big snowfall, it looks like many of us in the mid-Atlantic will finally receive our snowstorm of ’13. The snowstorm should move through Tuesday night through Wednesday night providing a period of heavy snow to someone in the mid-Atlantic. The exact track of heaviest snow is still an uncertainty, but at the moment looks to be somewhere over Maryland. Nevertheless, this storm will be a high impact event for the mid-Atlantic causing difficult travel, school closures, and flight cancellations Tuesday night through Wednesday. Below we outline the current scenarios that we see for this significant snowstorm with the first being most likely. 

Winter Stormcast Team Projections


SCENARIO A: (70% Chance, Storm similar to current models)


TIMING: Expect precipitation to push into portions of the mid-Atlantic Tuesday evening. Snow would be heaviest through the day Wednesday before coming to an end from west to east Wednesday night.


IMPACTS:
In this scenario, the storm is a bit slower and is able to push further north before moving offshore. Portions of central and southern Maryland could start as rain before changing to heavy snow. An elongated period of heavy snow is likely across Maryland and extreme south central Pennsylvania (southern Adams, Franklin, Fulton, and Bedford counties) which could last for up to 12 hours. The snow would be heavy wet snow and given the heavy accumulations, damage would be expected for weak structures than cannot handle the weight of the snow. This would cause travel problems Tuesday night through Thursday morning across Maryland and southern Pennsylvania. Many flights would likely be cancelled on Wednesday at Dulles and BWI.


ACCUMULATIONS: Maryland and extreme south central Pennsylvania could see significant to high snowfall accumulations. Other areas across southern Pennsylvania could see a moderate to significant snowfall, especially across Franklin and Adams counties. Further east across southern New Jersey and Delaware, precipitation should start as rain and might change to snow for a few hours before pushing offshore leading to slushy accumulations of a few inches.


SCENARIO B:
(30% Chance, Faster Storm, Snow Further South)


TIMING: Precipitation would begin across the mid-Atlantic Tuesday afternoon. Heaviest snow would fall across Virginia Tuesday night and taper off around midday Wednesday.


IMPACTS/ACCUMULATIONS: The storm could push offshore before developing and not provide much precipitation to the central mid-Atlantic. This could lead to a mix of rain and snow changing to heavy snow with significant accumulations across Central Virginia. Further north some light to moderate snow is possible, but rain may mix in and lower accumulations. The snow would be heavy wet snow, so damage is possible if enough of it piles up on a weak structure. Travel would be affected Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday afternoon across portions of central and northern Virginia.

The map here shows our two scenarios for the heaviest snowfall amounts. If you are not in the areas, it does not mean you will not see snow, it just means that you will likely not be in the heaviest snow area.

Winter Stormcast Team - (Greg J., Michael N., Zachary F., Connor M., Jason M.)

Saturday, March 2, 2013

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"We have a situation..." 
- Actor John Amos in Die Hard 2

11:55 AM EST 3/3/12 (Mid-Atlantic & Southeast Winter Stormcast Teams


  • UPDATE: A major winter weather event is possible for the upper Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic region by mid-week. The storm is currently onshore east of Canada's Coast Range as shown left in the Surface Low Tracks map.
  • Black Ice event overnight as reported by our North Georgia Team indicates overnight low temperatures in other regions are conducive to winter weather.
SNOWFALL PROBABILITY OF 4" OR GREATER WITHIN 72 HOURS

SITUATION: Although the Mid-Atlantic region has been rather tranquil lately, regarding winter weather, that may change drastically into the first full week of March. Indications continue to suggest a possible snowstorm for the region from Wednesday into Thursday. At this point there is high uncertainty with the track of this system, with one scenario going south of the region, and another delivering the mid-Atlantic with a late season snowstorm. 

ANALYSIS: We do expect better consensus later this weekend as the storm is still offshore from the Pacific Northwest and should move inland this weekend. This will allow NOAA ground-based data collection systems to provide more inputs to computer models, and in turn this data  should help projections gain more clarity on potential outcomes. 



Another reason for uncertainty is that this storm would be one part of multiple storms that will have to come together to deliver a major event. Computer models at times, have difficulty  modeling these types of complex systems. Below we outline the two scenarios for this system that we see at the moment. At this time, given the current available projections, we will way each of these scenarios has a 50% chance of occurring as stated.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

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Ten Years Ago...

REMEMBERING THE PRESIDENT'S DAY BLIZZARD OF 2003


FEBRUARY 17, 2013 (Baltimore, MD) If you lived in the Mid-Atlantic region, ten years ago this Sunday morning, you awoke to winter wonderland that would soon take it's toll.

The historic storm of Feb 15-18, 2003 would go on to become the snowiest 4 days in  Baltimore records, and live on the memories of many teachers, students and administrators across the state of Maryland as significant event which produced a ripple effect on the rest of the school year. 

Spring break plans were canceled or changed, graduations moved, rescheduled, finals were affected, the school year extended. Summer work crews had one LESS week to prepare buildings for the 03-04 school year, it was a very difficult time for many. 


This photo was taken Sunday evening February 16, 2003 by our founder, Rich Foot at Dundalk High School in Baltimore County, MD during the height of the 2003 Blizzard.

This storm was also one of the first times the words "Foot's Forecast" was uttered in a school classroom, and would become the catalyst that gave rise to our now international forecast team. We welcome your memories in the comments, and we will post more of ours in this story.