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By: cws6196, 6:06 PM GMT on May 26, 2009
There is the "potential" for the formation of a tropical depression off the East Coast. If this does occur it would result in a good amount of rainfall for the Baltimore area and Southern MD by the end of the week.
"If" this happens I do not see any wind issues, just a bunch of rain, but that would be on top of the rain we are already receiving this week, so those along creeks, streams etc should be watchful of the water levels.
By: cws6196, 1:35 PM GMT on May 25, 2009
Let us all pause a moment to remember all those brave men and women who have granted us the freedom we enjoy!
By: cws6196, 2:02 PM GMT on May 16, 2009
Thunderstorms are possible later today. As I see it, the best chances for the area is any time after 3:00 pm or so. The cloud cover is keeping the heating down, an ingredient needed for strong storms, but the dew points are high and the model data still shows a chance for storms. Storms that do develop could have damaging winds and hail.
By: cws6196, 7:47 PM GMT on May 11, 2009
Below is an article about a very ambitious tornado study which started yesterday. As the article indicates, it involves 50 scientists, 40 chase vehicles and 10 mobile radars! This is an important study to help us understand tornadoes so we can better protect the public.
Here in Maryland, in the last 20 years, we have had 184 confirmed tornadoes!! We have had 34 in the last 5 years alone!!! And in the last 1 year we have seen 8 tornadoes in MD.
National Tornado Experiment to Begin in May
April 6, 2009
VORTEX2 is the largest and most ambitious field experiment in history to explore tornadoes.
A collaborative nationwide project exploring the origins, structure and evolution of tornadoes will occur from May 10 through June 13 in the central United States. The project, Verification of Origin of Rotation in Tornadoes EXperiment2 (VORTEX2 or V2), is the largest and most ambitious attempt to study tornadoes in history and will involve more than 50 scientists and 40 research vehicles, including 10 mobile radars.
“Data collected from V2 will help researchers understand how tornadoes form and how the large-scale environment of thunderstorms is related to tornado formation,” according to Louis Wicker, research meteorologist with NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory and V2 co-principal investigator.
Scientists will sample the environment of supercell thunderstorms — violent thunderstorms capable of producing damaging winds, large hail, and tornadoes — that form over more than 900 miles of the central Great Plains. Areas of focus include southern South Dakota, western Iowa, eastern Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, the Texas panhandle and western Oklahoma. The V2 Operations Center will be at the National Weather Center in Norman, Okla.
The VORTEX2 teams will be looking to understand how, when and why tornadoes form.
Preliminary results from V2 are scheduled for presentation at Penn State University during fall 2009. At that time, organizers will begin planning details of the second phase of V2 scheduled for May 1- June 15, 2010.
V2 is a $11.9 million program funded by NOAA and the National Science Foundation, 10 universities, and three non-profit organizations.
The original VORTEX program, operated in the central Great Plains during 1994 and 1995, documented the entire life cycle of a tornado for the first time in history. Recent improvements in National Weather Service severe weather warning statistics may be partly due to the application of VORTEX findings. V2 will build on the progress made during VORTEX and further improve tornado warnings and short-term severe weather forecasts.
“An important finding from the original VORTEX experiment was that the factors responsible for causing tornadoes happen on smaller time and space scales than scientists had thought,” said Stephan Nelson, NSF program director for physical and dynamic meteorology. “New advances will allow for a more detailed sampling of a storm’s wind, temperature and moisture environment and lead to a better understanding of why tornadoes form – and how they can be more accurately predicted.”
V2 teams will target potentially tornadic supercell thunderstorms on the Central Plains.
Scientists and students throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia that will work with the V2 program include the Center for Severe Weather Research, Rasmussen Systems, NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory, OU/NOAA Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies, NSF-sponsored National Centers for Atmospheric Research, Penn State University, University of Oklahoma, Texas Tech University, Lyndon State College, University of Colorado, Purdue University, North Carolina State University, University of Illinois, University of Massachusetts, University of Nebraska, Environment Canada, and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.
For a complete list of participating scientists, and to learn more about the experiment, visit the V2 site and the official project Web site.
NSF is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering, with an annual budget of $6.06 billion. Its funds reach all 50 states through grants to more than 1,900 universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives about 45,000 competitive requests for funding, and makes over 11,500 new funding awards. NSF also awards over $400 million in professional and service contracts yearly.
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By: cws6196, 1:01 PM GMT on May 01, 2009
Spring came, then Summer arrived for 2 days, now a taste of Oregon; cloudy and wet. This will persist the rest of today through Monday. So what you see now is what you get. I know there is talk of thunderstorms for our area today but I just don't see it. Later this Afternoon there is a very good chance for rain, a moment of non-rain, then heavier rain later tonight.
Saturday is when we have the chance for Thunderstorms. Don't be surprised if the NWS issues watches/warnings for the Afternoon. The issue is a cold front moving down from the MD/PA line. The storms will be ahead of and along this front, so the timing really is determined by the movement of the front, and I see that more as an Afternoon issue.
Sunday will be another cloudy and rainy day. If anyone is heading to Southern MD or Northern VA there is a chance for thunderstorms in the Afternoon, but not for us in Central MD.