Thursday, December 27, 2012

Crazy Winter Storm Wrap-up!

What can I say? I know that snow, lots of snow, causes headaches and problems in the Local 6 area because we just don't see it all that often. I was rather excited to wake up to about 4-5 inches of snow on the ground along with my 6 year old son squealing with delight. It was a great way to conclude what was a hair-pulling and indecisive event to forecast.
As many of you know, our area is almost ALWAYS split somewhere by the rain/sleet/snow line and can be so difficult to nail down until the event is actually happening. This time was no different. Computer models kept wavering back and forth from north to south forcing us to reconsider our forecast many times but this was also a great learning event for us as meteorologists. It forced us to really compare notes, even by discussing scenarios with some of the local National Weather Service forecasters, to feel confident we were providing the best and most accurate information to viewers.

In the are what the snow totals looked like:

December 26, 2012 Snow Totals - WeatherActive Map from WSI

For comparisons sake, here is what our forecast looked like going into the event and pretty close to what we had 3 days out. I can honestly say its about as close as one could get to verifying. Truly a difficult storm but thankfully in the end it lined up pretty well and those who in the path of heaviest snow were prepared.

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