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By: TomsRiverTommy , 3:18 PM GMT on May 02, 2014
I am composing my first blog and I feel it should be one of acknowledging the great services offered by Weatherunderground and also to offer to do my best as a ground observer here in Dongan Hills on Staten Island. I've offered the same to both, the Philadelphia/Mount Holly and New York City/Upton National Weather Service Offices, especially, when it comes to measuring snow accumulations and reporting severe thunderstorm reports. I understand the difficulty in forecasting weather, with or without, computer guidance, and I guess I'm a bit of a stickler for accuracy when possible. So, without sounding like a harsh critic, I've noticed that today's forecast for most Staten Island personal weather stations and even, nearby Linden and Newark, both which are official N.W.S. sites, is predicting high temperatures between 66 and 70 degrees, with the latter being forecast for interior neighborhoods. As of 10:30 am, most stations are already observing temperatures in the middle and upper 60's. So, for what it's worth, I hope somebody who actually works at Weatherunderground takes notice of this blog. I believe that we will see high temperatures in the lower and perhaps, in some instances, middle 70's. There were several occasions over the last two weeks where I fervently believed that southern Burlington and interior Ocean County in central New Jersey and eastern Suffolk County on Long Island, New York, were set up for either frost or freeze conditions, and I politely informed the appropriate National Weather Services, via email and also on their Facebook pages, and needless to say, I didn't receive so much as a single rejection of my input never-mind a corresponding email from their offices. Sure enough, Ocean County Airport in Toms River and Lakehurst N.A.S. located in interior, northern Ocean County and Westhampton Beach at the Gabreski Airport, out on Long Island, did indeed hover near or below the freezing mark for three or more consecutive hours. I might not be a licensed meteorologist, however, I've experienced every major weather event here in the New York City/Philadelphia metropolitan area than one can think of, from minor earthquakes to major hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, severe thunderstorms, surreal torrential rains as a wall cloud briefly developed into a tornado in the Berkeley section of Toms River, all out continuous cloud to ground and cloud to cloud lightning during a late winter severe thunderstorm that rivaled any of the summer variety, with a temperature of 33 degrees no less!, and much, much, more during the last three decades of my life. Therefore, I've been blessed with wisdom, and I know there are so many others like myself who can do a little forecasting themselves and probably are always looking to home in on their forecasting skills and truly do appreciate sites like Weatherunderground. Everybody, enjoy your day, and enjoy the view of the blooming Apple and Cherry Blossoms. Spring has sprung!. Thanks again Weatherunderground, oh, and for additional educational sites that can help with forecasting, I highly recommend the College of Du page Next Generation Weather Lab site, which offers infrared and water vapor image loops for the north pole, the northern hemisphere, the northern and southern pacific, Canada, the continental United States, and the northern and southern Atlantic Ocean. There is an abundance of various tools available at the Next Generation Weather Lab, that can be used in conjunction with Weatherunderground for any and all future meteorologists and weather forecasting enthusiasts. God Bless....
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