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Don't Stand under Large Trees

By: 24hourprof, 4:23 PM GMT on May 11, 2014

The NWS is warning people along the Front Range not to stand under trees with large limbs...trees have leaves and lots of snow on the way!


.WINTER STORM WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM MDT MONDAY...

* TIMING...SNOW...HEAVY AT TIMES WILL CONTINUE OVER THE NORTHERN
MOUNTAINS AND FOOTHILLS. SNOW IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE INTO
MONDAY MORNING BEFORE GRADUALLY DECREASING BY MIDDAY.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...6 TO 12 INCHES FOR THE VALLEYS...WITH 12
TO 24 INCHES FOR THE NORTHERN FRONT RANGE MOUNTAINS AND
FOOTHILLS. LOCAL ACCUMULATIONS UP TO 3 FEET ARE POSSIBLE IN
THE MOUNTAINS OF LARIMER COUNTY.

* WIND/VISIBILITY...HEAVY SNOW COMBINED WITH NORTHEAST WINDS UP
TO 30 MPH MAY REDUCE VISIBILITY TO LESS THAN A QUARTER MILE AT
TIMES.

* IMPACTS...ROADS WILL BECOME SNOW COVERED AND SOME ROADS IN THE
FOOTHILLS AND MOUNTAINS MAY BECOME IMPASSABLE DUE TO THE HEAVY
WET SNOW. THE HEAVY WET SNOW WILL ACCUMULATE ON LEAFED OUT TREES
AND MAY BREAK SOME TREE LIMBS...CAUSING POWER OUTAGES. IF
POSSIBLE...AVOID GOING UNDER OR PARKING UNDERNEATH LARGE SNOW
COVERED TREE LIMBS.

Updated: 4:25 PM GMT on May 11, 2014

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Thoughts on the April 27-28 Tornado Outbreak

By: 24hourprof, 1:55 PM GMT on May 07, 2014

In the aftermath of the tornado outbreak over the Deep South on April 27-28, 2014, I was bothered by reporters walking onto private property where homes were dramatically damaged (obviously, the owners were not there because the homes were essentially destroyed). To my chagrin, some reporters then picked up personal property and held it up to the camera. I think such behavior by the media is both disrespectful and very presumptuous. What right do they have to go on private property and root through the possessions of the people who lived there?

Before the tornado outbreak, I even heard some forecasters, who, in my view, should be more sensitive to the potential tragic consequences of significant tornado outbreaks, become way too excited at the possibility of large wedge twisters in Arkansas on the 27th. You hear excessive exuberance all the time from some storm chasers. All I'm saying here is that we, as a forecasting community, should always be cognizant of the potential impacts to life and property, and that a more sober approach to forecasting and reporting is warranted.

In a broader context, I'm starting to believe that the media have discovered the "cash cow" associated with weather disasters (and weather, in general). In my opinion, the media seem, at least to me, to hype these events just for the sake of ratings.

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Updated: 7:13 PM GMT on May 07, 2014

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