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By: Zachary Labe , 7:14 PM GMT on March 14, 2011

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"Current Temperature"


"Current Dewpoint"


"Current Surface Map and Weekly History of Jet Stream Position"


"Regional Radar"


"Regional Satellite"


"Regional Advisories"


"Soil Moisture Anomalies and 5-day Precipitation Amounts from Hydro Prediction Center"


"Severe Weather Outlooks from Storm Prediction Center Days 1, 2, and 3"


"12hr Estimated Precipitation"


"Forecast Max Temperatures"


"Forecast Min Temperature"


"Forecast Weather at 2pm"


"Current Storm Reports"


"Fire Outlooks from Storm Prediction Center Days 1, 2, and 3"

(All maps courtesy of NOAA and Penn State Meteo.)

"Forecast Model Links"
-NAM model 12z...Link
-GFS model 12z...Link
-NMM model 12z...Link
-SREF model 9z...Link

"Severe Weather Links"
-Atmospheric Soundings Skewt T charts...Link
-SPC Mesoscale Analysis Pages...Link
-Public Spotter Reports for State College NWS...Link
-Severe Weather Model Forecast indices...Link
-Severe Weather Parameter Definitions...Link

"Flooding Links"
-Automated Pennsylvania Rainfall Recording Stations...Link
-Flash Flooding Guidance...Link
-HPC Forecasts for Excessive Rainfall...Link
-Hydrology Predictions for Lakes, Rivers, and Streams...Link

Lower Susquehanna Valley Doppler...

(Courtesy of WGAL)

"Here northeast of Harrisburg 2010-2011 winter statistics"
(Snow Stats)
Current Snow Cover- 0in of snow
Monthly Total (November)- Trace
Monthly Total (December)- 0.6in
Monthly Total (January)- 18.90in
Monthly Total (February)- 6.45in
Monthly Total (March)- 3.1in
Seasonal Total- 29.05in
Winter Weather Advisories- 9
Winter Storm Warnings- 2
Ice Storm Warnings- 0
Blizzard Warnings- 0
Freezing Rain Advisories- 1
Winter Storm Watches- 2

(Temperature Stats)
Lowest High Temperature- 23.7F
Lowest Low Temperature- -1.7F
Wind Chill Advisories- 0
Wind Chill Warnings- 0

(Snow Storms Stats)
First accumulating snow - December 10 - 0.50in of snow
Clipper light snow - January 7-8 - 2.25in then another 1in of snow
Double Barrel Low - January 11 - 4.5in of snow
Coastal Low - January 17-17 - 1.8in of snow/sleet
Arctic Front - January 20-21 - 2.1in of snow
Upper level/coastal low - January 26 - 5.75in of snow
Two clippers - January 28-29 - 1.5in of snow
Overrunning Snow - February 21 - 5.0in of snow
Rain to snow - March 6 - 3.0in of snow

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413. criminalAttorney
7:28 PM GMT on July 03, 2011
It is getting much warmer here.
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412. criminalAttorney
7:50 AM GMT on May 15, 2011
Very insightful and interesting thanks you make some great points.
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411. rosegray
7:58 AM GMT on May 13, 2011
Oh yeah, that sounds familiar.

Not sure if they will even make it to us after going through Jersey, but not far behind is the steady rain that will last for a couple of days. Back to reality...
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407. originalLT
4:33 AM GMT on April 12, 2011
At this late hour, there is a nice, comma shaped low or upper level low centered over KY and TN, moving ENE. Alot of precip with it. Like you guys have been saying, looks like all of us will get a good soaking rain Tues. into Wed.
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406. TrentonThunder
12:51 AM GMT on April 12, 2011
Yeah, they're dying in the dark. Don't think I'll see a drop from that line.
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405. Hoynieva
12:34 AM GMT on April 12, 2011
Quoting TheRasberryPatch:


Yes, I am east of Harrisburg. Hershey is east and I am 5 miles east of Hershey. it wasn't much of a storm. about 10 mins of rain with a few minutes where it came down heavy


Oh yeah, that sounds familiar.

Not sure if they will even make it to us after going through Jersey, but not far behind is the steady rain that will last for a couple of days. Back to reality...
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404. TrentonThunder
12:32 AM GMT on April 12, 2011
At 8:30pm, the heaviest cell is located between Lititz and Lebanon PA. 2nd heaviest over Mount Joy PA. Another cell in the Lehigh Valley. All moving ENE, nothing severe.

At 8:30pm, I'm at 74F with a dew point at 63F. It's definately moist enough for a burst of heavy rain if they don't vanish with nightfall.
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402. TrentonThunder
12:19 AM GMT on April 12, 2011
Sunday, April 10th East Coast Record High Addition...
Erie PA: 82F*
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Monday, April 11th East Coast Record Highs...
Watertown NY: 77F*
Syracuse NY: 85F*
Albany NY: 83F (t)
Newark NJ: 87F*
Allentown PA: 84F*
Reading PA: 85F*
Harrisburg PA: 84F*
Trenton NJ: 86F*
Elkins WV: 84F*
Glen Burnie [BWI] MD: 85F (t)
Georgetown DE: 79F*
Wallops Island VA: 76F*
Beckley WV: 81F*
Blacksburg VA: 80F (t)
Columbia SC: 89F (t)
Savannah GA: 90F*
Jacksonville FL: 91F (t)
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401. TheRasberryPatch
12:18 AM GMT on April 12, 2011
Quoting Blizzard92:
.18in of rain with a weak thunderstorm here this evening.


i got 0.08" of rain from the storm. it didn't take long for it to fizzle out
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400. Zachary Labe
12:12 AM GMT on April 12, 2011
.18in of rain with a weak thunderstorm here this evening.
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399. TheRasberryPatch
11:59 PM GMT on April 11, 2011
Quoting Hoynieva:


Yeah, that's the line I was referring to. Looks like it moved past now and didn't last too long, but somewhat strong. Are you east of Harrisburg? I can't recall.


Yes, I am east of Harrisburg. Hershey is east and I am 5 miles east of Hershey. it wasn't much of a storm. about 10 mins of rain with a few minutes where it came down heavy
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398. Hoynieva
11:38 PM GMT on April 11, 2011
Quoting TheRasberryPatch:
a strong line of thunderstorms has formed and moving into Harrisburg with a special weather statement. doesn't seem anything severe, just mostly windy conditions in the storm with some ponding of water expected. It is getting dark with loud thunder coming into the area.


Yeah, that's the line I was referring to. Looks like it moved past now and didn't last too long, but somewhat strong. Are you east of Harrisburg? I can't recall.
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397. TheRasberryPatch
11:31 PM GMT on April 11, 2011
a strong line of thunderstorms has formed and moving into Harrisburg with a special weather statement. doesn't seem anything severe, just mostly windy conditions in the storm with some ponding of water expected. It is getting dark with loud thunder coming into the area.
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396. listenerVT
11:28 PM GMT on April 11, 2011
We had an impressive thunderstorm this morning between 7 and 7:30am, complete with wild wind and heavy rain.

This afternoon we had another smaller storm, then some breaks of sunshine, then more rain.

But the day is ending with some sunshine on the horizon.
Here is the Burlington, VT webcam...which updates on its own, but as I post this shows a sunburst amid clouds. Maybe there will be a sunset. Enjoy!

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395. Hoynieva
11:25 PM GMT on April 11, 2011
I see some storms moving through Harrisburg at the moment. The next two days look awful with cool temps and constant rain. Today was one of those days you feel like everything is waking up, including the people, but sadly it's very short lived. Weekend looks soggy and cool as well.

I don't mind the rain, in fact I expect and welcome it, just wish the temperatures would at least stay in the 60's during the day.
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393. TrentonThunder
9:18 PM GMT on April 11, 2011
I hit 86.4F
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392. TheRasberryPatch
9:05 PM GMT on April 11, 2011
high of 83.9F with very breezy conditions this afternoon. once the temps got in the 70's the winds picked up.
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391. Hoynieva
7:37 PM GMT on April 11, 2011
79.5 in Brooklyn with plentiful sunshine
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389. TheF1Man
4:45 PM GMT on April 11, 2011
Hey P451, it's windy and "cold" here in the low 60s. Also waiting for the warmth to roll in!
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387. TrentonThunder
1:30 PM GMT on April 11, 2011
Registered for Fall classes this morning. Have to wait until Fall 2012 for Meteorology classes because I need Calculus I and Physics I for pre-requisits. I have all my gen-ed's finished so this will allow me to plug away at my Environmental Geography minor nice and early. Will only have 2 more Geography classes to take after this Fall semester which I should finish in the Spring 2012 semester. Pretty happy about this Geography minor as it will keep me interested in the meantime. Really wanted to take "Geography of Pennsylvania" but it's not a required class for the minor and I want to keep on moving forward. Here are my classes this fall...

Calculus I (4)
Geography of North America (3)
The Global Environment (3)
Map Interpretation and Analysis (3)

13 Credits
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386. TrentonThunder
11:49 AM GMT on April 11, 2011
You guys in the LSV could be narrowed down to a 1 day window for planting on Wednesday, unless you just wait till who knows when.

A patch of low-mid 70's in southwestern PA at 7am this morning.
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385. TrentonThunder
1:29 AM GMT on April 11, 2011
A patch of 80F near Centerville PA at 8:00pm.

Just discovered these...

March 29th East Coast Record Lows...
Islip NY: 29F (t)
Wilmington NC: 31F*

March 26th East Coast Record Low...
Islip NY: 25F*
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Meanwhile, Naples FL is on a role...
April 1st: Record High Minimum 73F (t)
April 3rd: Record High 92F*
April 4th: Record High 90F*
April 7th: Record High 90F*
April 8th: Record High 89F*
April 9th: Record High 89F (t)
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Thursday April 7th East Coast Record High...
Key West FL: 77F (t) (record high minimum)
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Friday April 8th East Coast Record High...
Key West FL: 78F* (record high minimum)
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Saturday April 9th East Coast Record Highs...
Columbia SC: 90F (t)
Atlanta GA: 86F (t)
Augusta GA: 91F*
Charleston SC: 90F*
Savannah GA: 91F*
Brunswick GA: 89F*
Tallahassee FL: 92F*
Jacksonville FL: 92F*
Fort Myers FL: 92F (t)
Naples FL: 88F (t)
Key West FL: 78F* (record high minimum)
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Sunday April 10th East Coast Record Highs...
Pittsburgh PA: 82F (t)
Morgantown WV: 82F*
Beckley WV: 81F (t)
Elkins WV: 83F*
Huntington WV: 87F*
Parkersburg WV: 85F*
Atlanta GA: 86F (t)
Savannah GA: 91F (t)
Alma GA: 91F (t)
Brunswick GA: 90F*
Jacksonville FL: 92F*
Lakeland FL: 90F (t)
West Palm Beach FL: 90F (t)
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384. TheRasberryPatch
11:34 PM GMT on April 10, 2011
Quoting Blizzard92:
TheRasberryPatch- A few questions, hahaha... When do I plant the potato sets? Two seasons ago my carrots tasted absolutely terrible, very bitter, although my dog loved them, haha... Any advice on carrots? And lastly are those type of cucumbers, bush variety or vine?

wunderstorm87- I think a pretty significant threat of severe weather is possible with even the isolated threat of tornadoes given helicity values near 300. CAPE rises about 1500 j/kg along with steep lapse rates associated with a sharp temperature gradient. It will be interesting tomorrow afternoon and evening!


Blizz - they usually tell you to put in your potatoes when the soil temps are above 50F. My carrots have always been pretty good. Try picking them early when they are small - they are good and sweet. I grow them from seed. Maybe it is your variety. I have been growing Scarlet Nantes. YES the cucumbers are the bush variety. That way I can get 10 plants in my garden. I put those 10 plants in a 3x8 foot area. 2 rows of 5. They overlap a bit, but I get close to 200 cucumbers or more during one season. Here is a good link for growing potatoes.
Link

Also, Blizz I go through different vegetables that I grow. You kind of get tired some years on eating so many. I don't ever get tired of cucumbers and tomatoes though. Last year my celery was bitter. I am not sure I am growing them this year.
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383. pittsburghnurse
11:01 PM GMT on April 10, 2011
Regularly lurking.

Hello to all.

Congrats SilverShips, Esq. Will you be practicing maritime law?
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382. Zachary Labe
10:13 PM GMT on April 10, 2011
TheRasberryPatch- A few questions, hahaha... When do I plant the potato sets? Two seasons ago my carrots tasted absolutely terrible, very bitter, although my dog loved them, haha... Any advice on carrots? And lastly are those type of cucumbers, bush variety or vine?

wunderstorm87- I think a pretty significant threat of severe weather is possible with even the isolated threat of tornadoes given helicity values near 300. CAPE rises about 1500 j/kg along with steep lapse rates associated with a sharp temperature gradient. It will be interesting tomorrow afternoon and evening!
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381. originalLT
8:20 PM GMT on April 10, 2011
Thanks, TT, in NYC., I think it was about the 3rd. highest total for snow fall.
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380. wunderstorm87
5:35 PM GMT on April 10, 2011
1730z SPC Day 2 Outlook indicates a 30% probability of severe weather for us.
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379. TheRasberryPatch
5:17 PM GMT on April 10, 2011
P451 - if you live in Orange County and near Chester or Washingtonville or Goshen or Warwick....that surrounding area, a place called Roe's Orchards has some great home grown vegetables. They have fresh vegetables as well as home baked pies and apples in season. The pies are some of the best. I remember picking up brussel sprouts were right on the stalk. Tons of orchards in Orange County. New York is known to grow large boulders so be careful when digging or tilling. hahaha

Blizz - that blueberry sounds delicious as long as the birds don't get to them. raspberries are good too, especially the golden raspberries. I like them better than the black raspberry. The birds didn't seem to bother with them as much. You only have like a 10 day window with black raspberries. It seemed like the golden ones lasted longer on the vines. Have you thought of brussel sprouts or a larger patch for potatoes? maybe more herbs? thyme is easy to grow as well as chives and mint and rosemary. this year you need to grow a couple of pickling cucumber plants. mine have done so well every year. and they taste better than the regular cucumber. you just have to pick them when they are pickling size or a bit larger. carrots are easy to grow. i'd love to try grapes. sunflowers are lovely to see grow

another cloudy day
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378. TrentonThunder
3:58 PM GMT on April 10, 2011
Couple of tidbits...

...EIGHTH SNOWIEST YEAR (JULY THROUGH JUNE) AT PHILADELPHIA...

RANK SNOWFALL YEARS
(INCHES)

1 78.7 2009-2010
2 65.5 1995-1996
3 55.4 1898-1899
4 54.9 1977-1978
5 49.1 1960-1961
6 46.3 2002-2003
7 44.3 1966-1967
8 44.0 2010-2011
9 43.9 1917-1918
10 43.8 1904-1905
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...SEVENTH SNOWIEST YEAR (JULY THROUGH JUNE) AT ATLANTIC CITY...

RANK SNOWFALL YEARS
(INCHES)

1 58.1 2009-2010
2 46.9 1966-1967
3 46.4 1995-1996
4 43.1 1978-1979
5 42.3 2002-2003
6 38.1 1963-1964
7 38.0 2010-2011
8 37.3 1933-1934
9 33.5 1913-1914
9 33.5 1957-1958

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377. Zachary Labe
2:56 PM GMT on April 10, 2011
Quoting TheRasberryPatch:


that is great Blizz. anything new you plan on planting? I hope to get my garden tilled sometime this coming week as long as the dirt drys enough. Maybe we will get out of this weather pattern to get the gardens set up.

p451 - lots of critters in your area. When I lived in the lower Hudson valley we had tons of deer, rabbits, squirrels, groundhogs(but they are everywhere) and even turkeys. My dog loved chasing all the animals in the yard

I might try a new hybrid blueberry type plant where they are pink berries with a 'fruit punch' type flavor. There was an article in the paper about them a few days ago. Other than that I am not sure; any ideas?
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376. TrentonThunder
2:51 PM GMT on April 10, 2011
NWS bumped my Monday high down to 79. Showers possible Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday looks like the best 2-day window to garden with sunshine and 60's. Showers may creep in Friday, especially the farther west you go. May see a third straight rainfree day Friday from the I-95 corridor and southeast. Chance of showers this coming weekend.
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374. originalLT
1:29 AM GMT on April 10, 2011
Congrats Silverships!
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373. TrentonThunder
12:27 AM GMT on April 10, 2011
High pressure parked itself right over my head today and really kept clouds at bay. Took a walk in the park today with my wife under sunchine and near calm winds, high 61F. The central 2/3 of PA remained cloudy all day. Forecast highs Monday nudged up to low 80's here.
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372. TheRasberryPatch
11:07 PM GMT on April 09, 2011
Quoting Blizzard92:
Well we built two more large raised beds for my vegetable garden which just about doubled my square area for vegetables. It now is quite large, lol.


that is great Blizz. anything new you plan on planting? I hope to get my garden tilled sometime this coming week as long as the dirt drys enough. Maybe we will get out of this weather pattern to get the gardens set up.

p451 - lots of critters in your area. When I lived in the lower Hudson valley we had tons of deer, rabbits, squirrels, groundhogs(but they are everywhere) and even turkeys. My dog loved chasing all the animals in the yard
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371. Zachary Labe
10:26 PM GMT on April 09, 2011
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369. weathergeek5
9:45 PM GMT on April 09, 2011
Quoting SilverShipsofAndilar:
As of Friday it's SilverShipsofAndilar, Esq.


passed the bar?
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368. Zachary Labe
9:12 PM GMT on April 09, 2011
Well we built two more large raised beds for my vegetable garden which just about doubled my square area for vegetables. It now is quite large, lol.
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367. SilverShipsofAndilar
8:22 PM GMT on April 09, 2011
As of Friday it's SilverShipsofAndilar, Esq.
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