Friday, December 18, 2009
Via Paul Kedrosky, a slick if somewhat daunting graphical forecast for the winter storm rolling up the mid-Atlantic states this weekend. Got your snows on?
I belong to the Eastern US Weather Forums, a bulletin board frequented by weather enthusiasts and with significant participation by professional meteorologists.
At the moment their server may be too clogged to register or enter as a guest, but they are worth keeping in mind for the future IMHO.
My major caveat is that the site is populated by people who like extreme weather (stormchasers, for example, or folks who want 30" of snow dumped in their yard overnight). I like extreme weather too: I like it to pass harmlessly by me or, better, to stay away, spectacular but not cataclysmic. I am likely to be worried when most members in my area are elated.
(There are also a few malicious people who cheer for disaster from the anonymous safety of their parents' basements, but they are a transient minor irritant. In order to remain a hospitable environment for the meteorologists, the board is moderated.)
Here in Northern Virginia, it's been snowing pretty much since 8:30 pm Friday night. Looks to be about 24-30 inches already on the ground, (hard to tell, the wind is blowing it around) but it hasn't stopped yet.
And I refuse to shovel the driveway until it quits [Oh, my achin' back!]
Here in Manahawkin NJ, just 2 miles west of Long Beach Island I can report shoveling at least 12" of snow earlier today that was covering my driveway and sidewalk. I'm certain another 6-8" awaits my teenage son tomorrow.