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Thunder Road

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  1. I have an announcement...

    Now that NOAA Workforce Management has (finally) cleared me, I can announce that in June I'll be starting at NWS Marquette, Michigan! That's right, I'll be a Yooper! As I move from Lawn Guyland to Da Yoop, I'm excited at all the new opportunities and blah blah blah but I'm most excited about adding a new hideous accent to my repertoire. Their snow depth for the season went to 0 on May 1st. Next +NAO/-PNA La Nina winter I'll mail you guys a cooler full of Lake Superior's Finest™.
  2. Mom has 11" in Bensalem. I don't think I can remember ever seeing the tree limbs sag this much before.
  3. Yeah I like this map. Am I missing something? Climo is an important part of a good forecast.
  4. Where are you finding these?
  5. Anyway fwiw here's the snowfall accumulation map from our in-house NAM-WRF: (Sorry for the bad acid trip colors; one of these days I'll get around to cleaning it up...)
  6. That's way low, imo. We have a strong cyclone rapidly deepening as it approaches (before pulling away later) and as precip begins to thin out. Anywhere that begins to deepen the PBL, even just to 1000 feet or so, could gust over 60 mph. The heavy rain + already wet February + gusts has been concerned for widespread trees down and power outages in eastern PA if I'm being honest. Hopefully others would agree but I don't think I'm generally one to hype.
  7. Not sure. I mean just from basic dynamics, yes it would be coincident with the greatest height gradient. And if you think about it, extratropical cyclones always have the maximum wind removed from their centers because the height gradient follows the temperature gradient pattern of a baroclinic wave (think hypsometric equation, thickness being proportional to temperature). So to have the maximum PBL-top wind over eastern PA rather than closer to the cyclone center isn't at all inconceivable.
  8. So uh, yeah, that's 90 kts at 925 mb showing up over the PHL area on our in-house WRF...
  9. Yup. I forget if it was PHI or OKX but one of the AFDs actually used the word you're thinking of here: Ekman Transport. Large water bodies are generally under Ekman Balance, which is the balance between wind stress forcing and Coriolis force, thus, water movement deflects to the right of the wind in the Northern Hemisphere.
  10. Have I just never paid attention to Coastal Flood Watches before (very possible) or is the extra table with MLLW and MHHW new in response to my complaining last night? Haha
  11. What still eludes me is how to relate MLLW (or MHHW) with the AHPS flood stages. Atlantic City's tide+surge gets to 8.29 ft above MLLW Saturday. The AHPS hydrograph says the datum is MLLW, so 8.29 ft would be major flood stage. But am I reading that right?
  12. Cool, thanks! I'm trying to provide some guidance for family with a house in Sea Isle. They're not in a particularly bad spot, but they did have water in the lower level with 1/23/2016.
  13. "THE NAM CAN'T FORECAST" "IT CAN'T SNOW WITH A PRIMARY INTO LAKE ERIE" "DOUG PEDERSON IS THE wait wrong speech
  14. Keep in mind it's Spring with marginal temps. I know you know, but it never hurts to broadcast to the general public. These 10:1 maps are usually garbage, and in this case, it's very off from what the EuroWX algorithm produces, i.e., 2.7" at NYC vs 8", 2.1" at ABE vs 6", 2.5" at TTN vs 6", etc.
  15. 1/23/2016 was a full moon too. Without overreacting, I'm trying to get my family who has a shore house to take this one seriously. A cyclone in the mid 970s on the benchmark with a full moon is gonna cause problems...
  16. January (30th?) Ends With A Norlun Trof

    I disappear for a few weeks and people are micro-analyzing the JMA...
  17. Hi folks, Slowly but surely our research group at SBU has been transitioning our WRFs over to a new website (not my work) and Python graphics (my work). Someday over the rainbow this will become the operational page without /test at the end of the URL, but for now: http://itpa.somas.stonybrook.edu/sbuwrf/test/ Let me know if (when) you encounter any issues! I'm slowly picking off plots one day at a time to switch to Python. Sorry I didn't share it two days ago!
  18. 1/3-1/4 Nor'easter OBS: Who will win ? Bus ?

    Best I could get was 4.4", but as I mentioned Saturday, no snow board so ehhhh I was gonna go up to Long Island this week and come back this weekend but for a number of reasons decided to stay here. Boy, did I misplay that. 15.8" at Islip
  19. January 4th 2018 Bomb Cyclone Discussion

    I wonder how effective the MSLP Low centers plot is when we're considering whether there will or won't be a double-barrel structure. It's conceivable to me that there could be some members with a secondary western SLP min that the plotting algorithm doesn't pick up because the primary min is still lower.
  20. January 4th 2018 Bomb Cyclone Discussion

    From the 06z GEFS, about 4 members give PHL and N&E >0.1" snow liquid equivalent, with much higher probs over New England: http://vortmax.somas.stonybrook.edu/WEB/models/GEFS/snowliq10prob/ (I'm still troubleshooting why the graphics are old until FHR 102, then abruptly become current...)
  21. January 4th 2018 Bomb Cyclone Discussion

    It's also interesting to note that the pattern in the CMC-GEPS is different: EOF1 is still one sign as in the GEFS (so just cyclone depth), but EOF2 is cyclone speed/along-track error. EOF3 is closeness to the coast, which explains much less of the variance: ~9% vs ~22% for the GEFS. Though I can't show it, the EPS are very similar to the CMC-GEPS. http://breezy.somas.stonybrook.edu/CSTAR/Ensemble_Sensitivity/EnSense_Main.html
  22. January 4th 2018 Bomb Cyclone Discussion

    Taking a look at our ensemble sensitivity analysis... From the 00z GEFS, EOF2 governs the closeness to the coast at D5: EOF2 is sensitive to - stop me if you've heard this one - the northern stream short wave diving in from the Canadian prairies. Watch the sensitivity (in this case, warm colors over western Canada) explode from FHR 48 to FHR 72: This suggests that we'll continue to have predictability issues until about the 00z cycle Monday night/Tuesday.
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