Storm reports...

By: Zachary Labe , 8:55 PM GMT on March 01, 2008

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"Afternoon thoughts"
Storm reports in progress...
*Storm Reports*

Rain totals...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County - 1.47inches - record
Wrightsville, York County - .47inches
Montandon, Northumberland County - 1.18inches
Port Royal, Juniata County - 1.05inches
Harrisburg, Dauphin County - .51inches
Muncy, Lycoming County - 1.35inches

Flooding...
Pennsylvania
... Clarks Summit, Lackawanna County...
Flash flood, reported by County official.
Flooding of Summit Creek Road
... Harford, Susquehanna County...
Flash flood, reported by County official.
Numerous roads flooded along with reports of basement flooding
... 2 miles S of Dallas, Luzerne County...
Flash flood, reported by County official.
Huntsville creek out of banks
... Honesdale, Wayne County...
Flash flood, reported by County official.
Numerous back roads were flooded and impassible

Snow totals...
Pennsylvania
... Erie County...
Erie Airport 12.0 100 PM 3/8
... Allegheny County...
Pittsburgh WFO 2.4 649 PM 3/8

Severe Weather Reports...
Pennsylvania
... Allentown, Lehigh County...
Thunderstorm wind damage, reported by Emergency Mngr.
Numerous reports of trees down. Some roofs off houses.
... Seven Valleys, York County...
Thunderstorm wind damage, reported by trained spotter.
Estimated 55-60 mph with small hail

Wind Gusts...
Pennsylvania
... Bucks County...
Cornwells Heights 58 600 PM 3/8
... Chester County...
London Grove 46 600 PM 3/8

***Update as of 1230pm...
Well good afternoon!!! The storm is taking shape and the center of the low pressure is directly over Hagerstown, MD. That is a very odd location for a low to be as most storms do not travel over the Appalachian mountains, but this low did. The low pressure is moving NNE. A significant dry slot has formed in western Pennsylvania and westcentral Pennsylvania. It will be interesting to watch the progression of the dry slot to see if it moves more east which it very well might. This will cut down on rain totals for central Pennsylvania and preclude significant flooding, but still flooding will take place and is already occuring across many areas. There are widespread flood warnings out for Pennsylvania and even flash flood warnings out for Philadelphia and the suburbs. Currently training thunderstorms are pulling up from Delaware and will be moving into far eastern Pennsylvania within the next couple hours. Areas that recieve these thunderstorms will see 1inch of rain in less than one hour. Flooding will be likely. Later today a few strong to severe thunderstorms may form in southeastern Pennsylvania also with the potential for high winds and a locallized tornado possible. High wind warnings are now out for some areas of Pennsylvania where winds may gust up to 65mph for over a 6hr period. Combine those winds with the saturated ground and this will make trees and power lines to come down very easy. As for snow there is a partial break for some areas but now heavy snow is moving back into some areas. I have heard reports that Pittsburgh is now back to heavy snow. So far snow totals have been up to 8inches in areas outside Erie. In the city of Erie 7inches of snow has fallen. Areas in the northwest mountains are reporting around 5inches. Pittsburgh has recieved so far on the order of 1-3inches. As the afternoon progresses conditions will deteriorate with heavy snow and high winds. As the low pressure passes off to the northeast of Pennsylvania expect winds to increase. I expect the deformation band of snow to move into central Pennsylvania this evening and die out by the time it reaches the Susquehanna River. It will be an interesting weather day today and I will have more updates coming soon!!!

This friday's thoughts are more of taking a look not necessary directly at the weather, but more of observations I have noticed in the past week. March is and will always be a transition month. The transition from the cold winter's wind to the moist, warm weather of summer. March is a month full of some of the most extreme weather that can occur. Our weather in this month is similar to a typical winter week in Denver, Colorado with temperatures up to 65degrees, but then the next day a snowstorm hits. The cold blast stays for a day or two, but the sunshine and milder weather melts the snow in few days. Across Pennsylvania the deep snowpack begins to melt with still north sides of mountains holding on the quite a bit of snow. Here in upper Dauphin County we have had snowpack on north sides of mountains until Mid April. March weather in considered unpredictable, but the animals can tell you alot about this month's weather. As birds begin to fly back north and flower bulbs began to push up out of the ground we all know Spring is on its way. I have noticed our flower bulbs around the home are popping out of the soil and even our tulip bulbs are coming out slightly. Soon I will began to plant my onion bulbs and see them pop out in April. The last snow of the season is usually in early April and is caused the Onion Snow as spring onions come out of the ground during this time of year. Also I have noticed the birds have become quite more active with them hanging around our feeders 24/7. Even a few birds have moved back into one of the birdhouses on our property. Usually every birdhouse we have is filled with families of birds by the end of April. My local deer spottings have been low lately and have not seen any around lately coming out of Blue Mountain. Food is relatively sparse this time of year, but the creeks are running high due to typical March rains and February snowmelt. Also soon it is time for Trout Season and usually the first day of trout season brings the end of Winter. Stocking of local streams is beginning from local trout farms. Fish are still relatively slow moving right now after hibernating in the icy, cold water all winter. Nature is something that goes hand-in-hand with forecasting the weather and is something that can be very interesting to watch unfold as the seasons change. As you can probably tell my excitiment for spring is growing and I cannot wait to see that first patch of green on the mountainside after being bear all winter. And by late April the local wildlife become quite active with deer and even an occasional bear coming down the mountian into the valley right into our neighborhood. Last year the bear came down to the home behind mine and broke my neighbors rainspouting and birdfeeders. Spring is around the corner and remember to watch nature unfold as the seasons change every day. With each passing day the winter seems to come closer to ending.

"Short Term"
Track of storm...
Well the rain and snow has started across Pennsylvania. The precipitation today was caused by several disturbances. In the beginning of the week I mentioned that the first part of this long duration storm would be a clipper system. And this is sort of what is happening. A low pressure came out of Texas and a low pressure clipper in Canada shared energy and created a sheild of precipitation today. Rainfall totals are around .25inches so far with some high amounts in the northcentral part of the state with amounts around .5inches of rain. Snowfall totals have been around 2-5inches in the west. The lows combined and formed a low pressure that is moving up through northeastern Pennsylvania. The low is very weak and hardly even picked up by the surface maps. Now the lull will develop across Pennsylvania until the big part of the storm gets its act together. Currently in Georgia an already 1004mb low pressure is deepening and moving northeast. As the low pressure moves northeast it may deepen to a pressure of 988mb over southeastern Pennsylvania. That is a very strong low pressure system. I believe the NAM has a good hold on the storm track and the GFS has a good hold on the storm track. The low pressure will move over southeastern Pennsylvania then possibly right over New York City. As the low deepens high winds will develop along with a large shield of precipitation. The low then will move up into New England. As the low passes to our northeast winds will switch from the east to the northwest and will gust up to 45mph statewide. Where snow falls blizzard conditions will occur for a time. Temperatures will fall rapidly and cause many flash freezes. By midnight Saturday night the precipitation will be moving out of the state.

Timeline of storm...
This timeline is experimental.
Saturday afternoon - 12pm - Snow still falling heavy at times in west with changeover moving into Altoona and State College. Heavy rain in east. New precipitation totals of 3-5inches of snow and .4inches of rain. Temperatures ranging from 24-53degrees.

Saturday afternoon - 3pm - Precipitation shield breaking up in east with deformation snow band forming in west. Snow totals 1-5inches with band. Temperatures ranging from 23-54degrees.

Saturday afternoon - 5pm - Deformation snowband breaking up in eastcentral Pennsylvania. Additional snowfall of C-3inches. Temperatures ranging from 19-50degrees.

Saturday night - 8pm - Spotty snow showers statewide with temperatures falling. Wind gusts may cause blowing and drifting snow. Temperatures ranging from 15-44degrees.

Saturday night - 11pm - Precipitation over for most areas except the northern Poconos with light snow showers causing C-1inch of snow. Temperatures ranging 9-32degrees.

Details of storm including precipitation totals...
Well as mentioned earlier the first precipitation shield is going to much weaker than the second shield. As precipitation begins to develop tonight rain and snow will become heavy tonight. Below are a variety of precipitation and wind maps for this storm. As for snowfall amounts look high and this will probably be the largest snowstorm western Pennsylvania has seen in a long time. For ice it looks as to be confined to a narrow band with elevations above 2000ft picking up maybe a quarter of an inch of ice. For rainfall it looks as a widespread 1-3inches will occur in eastern Pennsylvania and maybe even up to 4inches in far eastern areas where thunderstorms form. As for thunderstorms there is a chance of storms and maybe even some severe weather in areas near Philadelphia. If a dryslot can form in that region then severe weather may be even more widespread. Severe weather looks isolated at best with mainly locallized wind damage, but I cannot rule out the threat of a weak tornado. There is quite alot of spin in the atmosphere currently. For flooding creeks, streams, and rivers are already near flood stage so additional rainfall amounts will cause moderate flooding on many waterways. Remember to turn around and do not drown. Look for more updates on the storm tomorrow. Have a great evening!!!

Here is my Snow Accumulation map for March 7-9...


Here is my Ice Accumulation map for March 7-8...


Here is my Severe Weather Risk map for March 7-8...


Here is my Rain Accumulation map for March 7-9...


Here is my Flood Risk map for March 7-10...


Here is my Wind Gust map for March 8-9...


Advisory...
*Winter Storm Warning* for...
Erie County
Crawford County
Warren County
Mckean County

*Winter Weather Advisory* for...
Westmoreland County
Indiana County
Somerset County
Cambria County
Fayette County

*Flood Advisory* for...
Alleghany County

*Flood Warning* for...
Bradford County
Susquehanna County
Pike County
Wyoming County

*High Wind Warning* for...
Northampton County
Carbon County
Monroe County
Bucks County
Montgomery County
Delaware County
Chester County
Philadelphia County
Berks County
Lehigh County

*Wind Advisory* for...
Clearfield County
Centre County
Fulton County
Blair County
Cambria County
Somerset County
Huntingdon County
Mifflin County
Juniata County
Bedford County
Warren County
Mckean County
Lycoming County
Clinton County
Potter County
Tioga County
Elk County
Cameron County
Union County
Snyder County
Northumberland County
Montour County
Columbia County
Sullivan County
Dauphin County
Cumberland County
Perry County
Adams County
York County
Lancaster County
Lebanon County
Schuylkill County
Franklin County
Luzerne County
Wyoming County
Susquehanna County
Bradford County
Lackawanna County
Pike County
Wayne County

Current Radar...
Current Radar...

"Long Term"
Look for a full long term outlook forecast on Sunday after the current storm moves out of the picture. The NAO is going negative along with the AO going negative. That indicates cold air moving along the east coast. The NAO is forecast to go down to near -1 and that would be the lowest all winter. The AO is crashing and headed down to -3 which would indicate really cold, arctic air headed south into the United States. That is the lowest value the AO has dropped this winter. So it will be interesting to see what happens midmonth with all of the teleconnections showing favorable colder and snowier conditions across the east. The EURO and GFS both show this pattern and the EURO indicates strong Greenland High Blocking. So winter may come back just one more time. Snowlovers this is our last chance for a significant snowstorm. More coming Sunday.

Current NAO...
NAO...
*Note the negative trend.

Current PNA...
PNA...
*Note the positive to negative trend.


"Just to throw out there"

My overall pattern outlook for the end of February into mid March. Finally I think us eastcoast snowlovers are going to get our snow. I am going to write about all of the factors leading to possibly a snowy March. And I will say it again, WINTER IS NOT OVER! Also I believe the 2008-2009 winter will be quite snowy due to the weakening La Nina. Weak La Nina's in the past have created some of the snowiest winter seasons, such as 1996. But anyway I will leave that for another blog to talk about. Back to our winter. Alright the let me first look at the cold air that is necessary for snows. Fist off I will start with the Northern Hemisphere Teleconnection Patterns. The NAO which is going +1 postive shortly will be headed towards neutral by the end of the month favoring colder conditions with a more favorible east coast storm track. We really do not want a highly negative NAO because this favors strong high pressures that send coastal storms out to sea in many cases. The PNA though is going negative which does not really favor on the east coast colder air. But the AO is going negative and this is what we look for when Siberian Cold airmasses head south into the United States. Now the pesky southeast ridge which has been pushing this warm air aloft northward during our coastal storms bringing our snow to ice is showing signs of weakening. I have been tracking the strength of the southeast ridge with every storm and in each storm the mix/snow line is falling farther south which shows the southeast ridge is having less of an impact on our weather. The La Nina is also showing signs of becoming less moderate. It still will be moderate through March, but it appears that it won't be as strong in the moderate stage, if that makes sense, lol. When we have a weak La Nina statistics prove that conditions become more snowy and cold in the east. Also a famous quote that winters tend to make up for each other shows that since we have not had a snowy winter so far maybe it will make up for itself in the last March. That is not exact science, but more of a wisetale. But still in past years the statement seems to be true. Also history shows some of the most extreme weather of an entire year occurs in March with many nor'easters occuring in the past. The Superstorm of 1993 occured in March. Even last year a widespread 5-12inches of snow fell across Pennsylvania on St. Patrick's Day in March. Now let me talk about the Global Models and what they seem to make of the overall pattern. The EURO 8-10 outlook shows quite a bit of blocking over Greenland and Scandinavia which favors an east coast storm track. The EURO also has a form of the NAO is shows it becoming negative. The GFS has been back and forth with the overall pattern so there is very low confidence in what the GFS thinks. But overall what I think is that a steep eastern trough will form by the very end of this month with a negative tilt. A weak to moderate high pressure will form in Canada ushering in the cold air, I do not think it will be arctic air or record breaking cold, but it will be cold enough for snow. The negative tilt to the trough will allow storms to track up the eastern seaboard. So for me it looks like a stormy March is ahead. Also long term meteorologists seems to agree with the above statement. Remember this is pretty much our last chance for winter in March. After about the 20th of March winter shortly comes to an end. So keep your fingers crossed. Below you can find the latest NAO and PNA predictions. If you have any questions or opinions, leave them in a comment below. I am happy to answer any questions and take in consideration different opinions. Have a great day!!!

"Regional Forecasts" (Saturday)
1. Eastern- (Allentown, Southern Poconos)-
Heavy rain with thunderstorms at times. Winds may gust up to 50mph this evening (WEST). Flooding likely. Additional rainfall of 1-2inches. High 47 and falling.

2. South Central (Harrisburg, York, Lancaster)(my home)-
Moderate to heavy rain periods. Northern locations may see late day changeover to brief snow. Flooding possible. Additional rainfall of 1inch. Coating of snow in some areas. Winds may gust up to 65mph later in the day (WEST). High 52 and falling.

3. Southern- (Philadelphia)-
Heavy rain and thunderstorms. Some storms may be severe with damaging winds and isolated tornadoes. Flooding imminent. Additional rainfall of 2-3inches. High 60.

4. Central- (State College)-
Periods of rain showers changing to snow showers. Winds may gust up to 55mph (WEST). .5inches of additional rainfall with C-2inches of snow possible. High 37 and falling.

5. Northern- (Erie, Bradford, Williamsport)-
Blizzard conditions in west with heavy rain in east. 5-10inches of additional snow in west with 1-2inches of rain in east. Winds may gust up to 55mph (WEST). High 25-39.

6. Western- (Pittsburgh)-
Heavy snow at times. May mix of a little sleet or freezing rain. 2-5inches of additional snowfall. Winds may gust up to 45mph (WEST). High 34.

7. Johnstown, Altoona-
Periods of rain showers changing to a steady light snow. 1-3inches of snow is possible. Winds may gust up to 60mph (WEST). High 36 and falling.

***Note on regional map, the number equals which region in Pennsylvania. I chose regions with similar climates, geography, and elevation to make my overall forecast for the region.


Weekly Weather Reviews
Well this week my review are on a weather station and a weather book. The weather station was very poor and the book is fantastic. Check the reviews out!

This section will be dedicated to weather stations, weather technology, weather books, weather websites, weather magazines, etc. reviews that I write. I am going to try to write a review once a week on Sunday about some of the above topics. Also I am going to rate each item out of 5 stars. (*****)

Also if anyone else has a topic idea or something to add about my review you can leave it in a comment. Hopefully this will give you some knowledge about all of the fascinating weather accessories that are out there. And maybe you can try some out yourself!

Book-Restless Skies by Paul Douglas(*****)-
One of my favorite weather books I have in my "Weather Library" is Restless Skies by Paul Douglass. Paul Douglass is a meteorologist out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The weather book is a 256page book full of weather pictures, illustrations, and diagrams. Chapters are Stormy Weather, Seasons of Change, Tornado, Hurricanes, Thunderstorms, Forecast 2020, High-Tech Weather, Your local Weather, Facts-Fibs, and Weather Trivia. There is a weather quiz in the back of the book and I am proud to say that I scored in the top meteorologist range, lol! The book has great dipictions on how the weather works and focuses on that more than historical storms and records. Climate change is only a small chapter and section of the book where it offers different opinions. I recommend this book to the professional meteorologist or just the avid-weather watcher.
The goods (+)
Great section on winter and winter weather
Wonderful pictures
Offers section on weather reviews like I write
Not too detail but not too basic
Great diagrams of how some weather works
The bads (-)
A little outdated copyright in 2004
Could use a glossary in the back of the book for typical definitions of weather terms

Technology- WS-9035TWC
Wireless Forecast Station with Wind(**)-
I wrote a review on a professinal Lacrosse weather station a few weeks ago produced by The Weather Channel. I was not very happy with the wind readings and it seemed to be caused by the propellar anemometer. So I decided to go and search for a relatively cheaper weather station that was devoted to measuring wind speeds. I found one that was a Lacrosse station and the anemometer was cups instead of the propellar style. So after a strenuous setup the weather station was finally up. Note there are lots of cables that need to be run to set up the weather station. The weather station also does pressure tendacy, 24hr weather forecasts, inside temperature, outside temperature, inside humidity, outside humidty, beaufort scale, wind direction, wind gust, wind sustained, windchill, and predicted moonphases. So for a few weeks everything on the weather station was working great and I was very pleased. The wind recordings seemed to be much more accurate. But then it started get strange wind readings of near 50mph on a perfectly calm day. It continued on perfoming quite strange with then temperature readings well above what they should have been. And finally a few months later the entire outdoor weather recordings shut down and would not record. I tried everything to fix it, but nothing would work. Overall though I was not too concerned because I still had my other weather station. But for $160.00 it should not have broken in a few months. I still have the weather station setup outside though hoping it will work one day. The indoor weather recordings do work. After this weather station I stepped up my level of accuracy for weather stations and got a Davis Vantage Pro2 last November, a review on that is coming soon!
The goods (+)
Accurate wind readings
Accurate wind chill reading
Accurate temperature reading
Nice addition with moon phase forecast
Storm alert alarms
Easy panel and buttons to navigate
Min/Max readings are saved
Accurate pressure readings
The bads (-)
Failure with outdoor readings within a few months of operation
Difficult setup of weather station
Low LED lighting on panel of indoor weather station

My snow totals (10miles northeast of Harrisburg)
07-08 Seasonal Total so far... 25.5inches
Monthly Total... Trace
Daily Total... 0inches
Snow Cover... None.

My accuracy for Harrisburg snowstorms, 07-08
Date.........Prediction.........Actual
Jan. 26........C-2inches........Coating of Snow
Feb. 4.........C-2inches........Coating of Snow/Sleet
Feb. 9.........1-3inches........2inches of snow
Feb. 10........C-3inches........1nch of snow
Feb. 12-13.....1-4inches........5.5inches of snow
Feb. 20........1-3inches........1inch of snow
Feb. 22-23.....3-7inches........4inches of snow
Feb. 26-27.....C-1inch......... .25inches of snow
Feb. 29........2-4inches........2.5inches

Swiftly moving stream... (Blizzard92)
Water is gushing out from under the road in a typically dry riverbed.
Swiftly moving stream...
Mist in the forest... (Blizzard92)
A small spring that comes out of the Blue Mountain running much higher with water in it.
Mist in the forest...
Weather for the geese... (Blizzard92)
Wild geese in field below Blue Mountain. The mountain is covered in dense fog.
Weather for the geese...
Minor areas of flooding... (Blizzard92)
A new garden planted in our local park holds a pond of water after the rains.
Minor areas of flooding...

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148. Zachary Labe
3:23 PM GMT on March 09, 2008
New week, new blog coming later today!
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147. Zachary Labe
3:11 PM GMT on March 09, 2008
cchamp6- Wow, those winds are something.
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146. cchamp6
12:49 PM GMT on March 09, 2008
Good morning Blizz,

Check out the current conditions on Mt. Washington. How are those for wind gust this am?

Link
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145. TheRasberryPatch
12:12 PM GMT on March 09, 2008
0.75" of rain for the storm if you consider friday and saturday as the storm.
high wind gust of 45mph
barometer low 986.2mb or 29.12"
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144. MDFirefighter
10:30 AM GMT on March 09, 2008
Here's a pic that my Grandparents sent me yesterday. They live in Westerville, OH (just outside of Columbus)

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143. charlesimages
2:46 AM GMT on March 09, 2008
Wow Blizzard that was quite a storm ya'll had!
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142. Zachary Labe
1:51 AM GMT on March 09, 2008
TheRasberryPatch- Clipper might pass through Monday. It should be moisture starved so as of now do not expect much. Snow showers are now moving back into the region. So tonight expect Trace-1inch of snow for our area.
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141. TheRasberryPatch
12:38 AM GMT on March 09, 2008
hey blizz, what is up for monday. looking at the forecast in wunderground they have snow forecasted for afternoon and evening.
anyone around getting snow. it looks like most of the precipitation has stopped looking at the radar
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140. TheRasberryPatch
10:50 PM GMT on March 08, 2008
i've dropped 18 degrees in 75 mins. things have calmed down a bit. winds aren't as strong.
10 min avg wind speed is 17 mph
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139. TheRasberryPatch
10:08 PM GMT on March 08, 2008
i see on the radar the dark green moving northeast from altoona into state college
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138. TheRasberryPatch
10:06 PM GMT on March 08, 2008
gust of 40 mph with rain
temp 45
dewpt. 42
barometer rising still 990.4mb
now a gust of 45 mph
things are changing my the second
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137. Zachary Labe
10:06 PM GMT on March 08, 2008
Heavy snow has coated ground in State College, PA.
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136. Zachary Labe
10:01 PM GMT on March 08, 2008
Lancaster Airport as of 5pm...
Squalls and Windy

58°F
(14°C) Humidity: 56 %
Wind Speed: SW 49 G 61 MPH
Barometer: 29.17" (987.7 mb)
Dewpoint: 42°F (6°C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi
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135. Zachary Labe
9:56 PM GMT on March 08, 2008
Down to 44degrees here with heavy rain. Gusts at 25mph. Even though this may not be snow. This storm sure in interesting and alot can be learned from it!!! Look for long discussion on storm tomorrow.
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134. jthal57
9:54 PM GMT on March 08, 2008
bar. falling, 29.2 in.
temp, hum., dewpoint all rising
56F 98% 56F
temp was 47F an hour ago

really neat!!
133. TheRasberryPatch
9:49 PM GMT on March 08, 2008
after reaching a high of 57 not too long ago we are now 50 degrees the barometer is rising for the moment
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132. TheRasberryPatch
9:44 PM GMT on March 08, 2008
here comes the front. the winds are kicking up just had a gust of 36mph clouds are moving fast
10 min avg wind speed of 21 mph
winds are WSW
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131. Zachary Labe
9:30 PM GMT on March 08, 2008
Winds are now picking up and heavy rain is forming along the cold front. Flash freezes are now being reported with heavy snow moving east. Becareful if out driving tonight as conditions are going down hill fast. Watch out for some snow tonight with icy conditions and winds will gust up to 65mph.
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130. Zachary Labe
9:15 PM GMT on March 08, 2008
Moderate snow as far east as Altoona now being reported.
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129. Zachary Labe
9:07 PM GMT on March 08, 2008
*Severe Thunderstorm Warning* for... York County until 445pm...
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE NEAR...
PARKVILLE AND HANOVER AROUND 405 PM EST...
SPRING GROVE AND CODORUS AROUND 410 PM EST...
THOMASVILLE AND NEW FREEDOM AROUND 415 PM EST...
YORK AND WEIGELSTOWN AROUND 420 PM EST...
STONYBROOK AND RED LION AROUND 425 PM EST...
WINDSOR AND SUNNYBURN AROUND 430 PM EST...
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128. TheRasberryPatch
8:47 PM GMT on March 08, 2008
52 degrees
987.6mb
0.57" rain for the storm
sun is out

thanks for the update blizz.
nice pictures. that garden is going to have problems
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127. Zachary Labe
8:29 PM GMT on March 08, 2008
*Urgent*
A powerful thunderstorm cell is moving northeast from Martinsburg, WV into Adams County, PA. This cell shows signs of rotation. Thise storm is associated with the cold front and will contain very strong winds up to 70mph in the heart of this cell. Severe thunderstorms warnings are out for Maryland in the path of this cell and will be moving into Pennsylvania shortly. This cell has a max of 55dbz. This storm will be near...
Gettysburg- 345pm
Carlisle- 415pm
Harrisburg- 445pm
Indiantown Gap- 500pm
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126. Zachary Labe
8:21 PM GMT on March 08, 2008
Sun peaking out here north of Harrisburg. This might spike temperatures up and create some more instibility. This will be an interesting afternoon.
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125. Zachary Labe
8:11 PM GMT on March 08, 2008
***Update as of 315pm...
Severe weather is beginning to occur across a few areas of southeastern Pennsylvania. Look out for these thunderstorms throughout the rest of the afternoon. As far as the low pressure is concerned it is now located just north of Reading with a pressure of 990mb. I will have more updates coming later this afternoon.
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124. jthal57
8:05 PM GMT on March 08, 2008
Thanks Blizzard-definitely need to keep an eye on that.
123. Zachary Labe
8:00 PM GMT on March 08, 2008
jthal57- The low ceilings have kept a hold on temperature as clouds are as low as 300ft. Temperatures tend to not budge much in these types of scenerios. And yes that is quite an impressive line of storms and moving right towards Allentown. Warnings may be posted soon in Pennsylvania for these storms. Main threat would be high straight line winds.
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122. jthal57
7:15 PM GMT on March 08, 2008
blizzard-impressive line developing around baltimore/washington area appears to be headed to eastern PA if it holds together.
what's your take on temps not changing much today?
121. Zachary Labe
6:42 PM GMT on March 08, 2008
Dry slot now across much of central Pennsylvania. Do not be surprised to maybe see a little sun in southern counties as dry slot moves through. Showers and thunderstorms will increase later today.
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120. Zachary Labe
6:16 PM GMT on March 08, 2008
dean2007- I believe you lower levels of the atmosphere are too stable due to the maritime flow for thunderstorms.
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119. Zachary Labe
5:58 PM GMT on March 08, 2008
The dry slot will be moving into the Harrisburg and central Pennsylvania area very shortly. But look at the radar out of central Virgina. Strong thunderstorms are forming in the dry slot near Richmond. Those thunderstorms may be a factor in our weather in Pennsylvania later today.
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118. dean2007
5:58 PM GMT on March 08, 2008
No thunder here currently and even when the heavy rain came through, we look to get a quick respite before another batch comes through although still raining here.
I was talking about the warm sector earlier and also the back door cold front and how it was supposed to get warm today, well about an hour ago I was talking about the back door cold front and the temps were at or around 45F well in the last hour or esp the last 30 minutes the temps have sky rocketed to 55.7F right now, amazing and if we can get sunshine then severe thunderstorms look likely, but apparently not now, but maybe when the cold front comes through.
117. Zachary Labe
5:37 PM GMT on March 08, 2008
Here north of Harrisburg...
44degrees
moderate rain, with 3mile vis.
.51inches of rain--storm total
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116. TheRasberryPatch
5:21 PM GMT on March 08, 2008
0.63" of rain as of 1215pm
993.5mb and still falling
45 degrees
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115. jthal57
5:11 PM GMT on March 08, 2008
wow-big rumble of thunder just got my attention! Heavier bands still to my south.
114. jthal57
4:48 PM GMT on March 08, 2008
.83" of rain total since yesterday, Blizzard. Creeks/streams seem to be handling it so far; notice a heavier band of rain to our south moving this way.
43 F
light NW winds
113. Zachary Labe
4:39 PM GMT on March 08, 2008
I just checked my local small streams that come out of the mountain and they are quite swollen. The one that follows a road is beginning to flood onto the road. Later this afternoon I will get pictures. Also I noticed dense fog is forming around the mountain so watch out for dense fog if traveling over the ridge tops.
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112. Zachary Labe
3:15 PM GMT on March 08, 2008
Thanks for everyone's reports and comments.

HIGH WIND WARNING now in effect for the Lower Susquehanna Valley of Pennsylvania. My morning update is coming soon with a revised Wind Gust map.
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111. Winterstormsblog
1:43 PM GMT on March 08, 2008
Saline, MI

15.3 F

light snow and windy

today's total so far - 0.1 inches

snowdepth - 5 inches
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110. cchamp6
1:39 PM GMT on March 08, 2008
Good morning Blizz,

Rainfall overnight - .79
Current temp.- 38
wind- light breeze out of the northeast

I have seen reports of 1"-2" of rain in Connecticut overnight. One report of 2.9"

Awaiting the deluge, I was wondering if we get into the warm sector this afternoon. My past experience with strong storms that track just west is that we do just get into the warmth. Then we end up with a squall line of storms and some decent wind gusts. The ocean air seems to keep things from going crazy though.
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109. TheRasberryPatch
12:50 PM GMT on March 08, 2008
not much rain overnight. so far 0.42" for the storm.
barometer still falling @ 1001.7mb or 29.58"
temp rose slighly @ 42
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108. WeatherBobNut
5:57 AM GMT on March 08, 2008
Hello Blizzard! Awsome update! Thanks...yes, this is one whacky storm! Precip right now at 12:50am Saturday in 15 plus states except Pa! WOW...it's like Pa has this protective dome around the state! LOL...I see the NAO for mid month and i guess by the way the models look, we're not quite done with winter just yet. I have Robins in my yard, the dove pigeons are singing, blue jays and cardinals singing, but i guess old man winter wont leave until he gives us one last shot here of a good storm....We're ripped off here...I picked up .54 inches of rain with the first batch of precip that ran through and now waiting for the second batch to move through in the morning. Maybe some good backlash snows, but it wont amount to much. It will be a some what wild day....ttysoon.

-Weather Bob
107. TheRasberryPatch
2:56 AM GMT on March 08, 2008
nice detailed forecast blizz. you do such a great job.
any chance the storm moves farther off the coast? or is it a definite up the 95 corridor?
40 degrees
29.72" and falling
0.42" of rain @ 1000pm
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106. jthal57
2:47 AM GMT on March 08, 2008
yes, blizzard, ditto. Great, in-depth info.


.55 in. here, lt. drizzle
105. Zachary Labe
2:35 AM GMT on March 08, 2008
Winterstormsblog- Thankyou!
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104. Winterstormsblog
2:32 AM GMT on March 08, 2008
bro, awesome blog. insanely good. you should get a featured blog spot.

goodjob.

-WSB
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103. Zachary Labe
1:25 AM GMT on March 08, 2008
jthal57- The first round is dying down and is much weaker than the second round will be.
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102. jthal57
1:10 AM GMT on March 08, 2008
Thanks for the link Blizzard.
.48" so far. It appears lesser rain south and west working its way in. Is this first batch of precip winding down?
101. TheRasberryPatch
11:33 PM GMT on March 07, 2008
i get to play hershey once a year and love the course. i do prefer bent tees, fairways and greens.
my all time favorite is pebble beach. spyglass is good also. if you ever get to williamsburg the golden horseshoe is a good course. Baltimore and surrounding areas have some nice courses. surprising hershey isn't that expensive. the last time i checked it was 6k to join and about 4500 for the year food included. that isn't bad.
then there are some really nice courses around ocean city, md and rehobeth beach. also, around the bay bridge.
but for around here wren dale is probably one of the best public
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100. cchamp6
10:51 PM GMT on March 07, 2008
I belong to a semi-private club called Stonybrook Golf Club. It is a nine holer. We have a sister course called Fairview Golf Course. Many private clubs in my area. I know alot members at these clubs and get to play them all. So it would be foolish to waste 10-15k on a membership at any of them.
My favorite course is an exclusive club called Bulls Bridge. It only cost about 200k to join. I have been able to play there 2-3 times a year and would love to die there.
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99. TheRasberryPatch
10:45 PM GMT on March 07, 2008
what is your course cchamp? i am hoping that courses around here open soon like iron valley or wren dale
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98. cchamp6
10:42 PM GMT on March 07, 2008
Oh I am so ready to play golf! My course is probably a good two weeks away from opening. If we were to get any more snow than we would be looking at april 1. The snow is gone in the open areas, but the wooded areas are snow and glaciers.
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