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By: StormChaseMets , 6:24 AM GMT on December 11, 2011
Weather Underground meteorologists Jess Parker and Tim Roche, we have a mission for you, should you choose to accept it.
Your mission: Ride the Storm
Track a strong Winter storm from the West Coast to the Plains in all-terrain vehicles...before Christmas. While tracking the storm, you should document every type of precipitation and Winter conditions possible. This should include rain, snow, wind, freezing conditions, and, if possible, freezing rain. To fulfill the requirements of this mission, we are going to require documented proof via WunderPhotos and videos posted via twitter. Your mission will not be fulfilled unless the entire Weather Underground community can follow your progress via a weather station attached to one of your vehicles. This weather station must be transmitting to Weather Underground constantly, even in the montainous areas of the West.
Your Target: West Coast storm December 12th
After weeks of monitoring a stagnant weather pattern for much of the country, mission control has finally pinpointed your target storm. You are to travel to Los Angeles on Sunday, December 11th, approximately 24 hours before a Pacific storm hits Southern California. From there, you will meet up with sleeper agents who will assist you in your mission. In advance of the storm, fellow covert agents at the National Weather Service have issued a Special Weather Statement for your target area, predicting what you are to expect from the first part of your mission. Note, especially, the first line of the statement, "A cold storm system to impact the area". The storm should be cold enough to lower snow levels to 3,000 - 4,000 feet during the first part of your mission. You should pay particular attention to the watches and warnings during your travel. The storm is already cold enough to instigate Winter Storm Watches for the hills of Southern California, promising a decent chance at rare December Winter weather in what is normally sunny California.
Agents Jess and Tim, please rest up once you get to Southern California, because your mission does not end at the border of California and Arizona. You are to investigate the storm as it moves into the Southwest. The storm may play tricks on you, hiding the Winter-type precipitation in various places in Arizona, but you are experts. You are not to come home unless you find that snow and track the storm into the treachous mountains of the Rockies. You should have no problem finding snow there, but please remember to document your trip as much as possible so we can follow you here back at home base, Weather Underground.
Agents, all of us here at Weather Underground are depending on you. So, please, take this mission seriously.
Oh yeah, and this blog will self-destruct in 5 seconds.
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