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WINTER WEATHER FORECAST BRIEF…ISSUED DEC. 12, 2020…4:10 P.M. EST

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Greetings to everyone!
Please be aware, even though I do not post every night, rest assured I am continuously monitoring various areas for any significant weather.  I will be taking Sundays off (family time), unless we have active systems that may be posing a threat (i.e. Tropical, Winter Weather, Coastal Storms, etc.).

Good evening,
Since we have to systems forecast within 2 – 3 days of each other, I am going to do a quick double header in this update.  As each system passes, colder temperatures will be brought further to the south.  Keep in mind, that minimum temperatures for overnight occur around 12Z in the morning.  The GIF loop maps will allow you to follow the various parameters I will post, to which the majority of the loops will go out to 120 hours in the forecast period from 12Z this morning.

The first low pressure system is forecast to begin developing over the Louisiana area by Monday 00Z, or by the evening (7:00 p.m. EST of Sunday Dec. 13, 2020).  This low is forecast to move in a general ENE direction and should exit off the coast of VA/NC sometime on Monday afternoon.  Surface winds out of the SE, to tropical storm force are forecast over a small area close to the coast and move offshore by very late Monday evening into early Tuesday morning.  I feel the GFS may be a bit overdone on the surface wind strength, given the strength of the system.  Models indciate snowfall totals may not be that significant due to the weaker strength of the low, and the path further from the coast.  Seas will increase as the systems approach, with the wave heights being greater offshore with the first system, and greater heights closer to the coastal areas with the second system.  The second system is forecast to begin near the FL. Panhandle, in which it splits, where a surface low develops quickly into a coastal storm near the OBX, and forecast to move NNE. This system will be more apt to create dangerous waves, rip currents, coastal flooding and beach erosion along the coast, depending where onshore winds affect  to coast.  During both events, it is recommended residents remain away from the beaches, and small craft remain inport.  This low will create greater snowfall totals over portions of PA., MD., VA., WV., and NY.  Please refer to the NWS active WATCH and WARNINGS map for local NWS information regarding your area.  The way this map works is, once you click on the posted graphic, the map will open on the NWS page.  Then, click on your area, or which ever area you have an interest in.  The closest local NWS page will then open.

The following are the MSLP Normalized anomaly forecast maps from the ECMWF and GFS global models:
ECMWF MSLP GIF LOOP

GFS

ECMWF AND GFS SURFACE WINDS FORECAST


WAVEWATCH 3 FORECAST WAVE HEIGHTS AND DIRECTION

ECMWF KUCHERA SNOWFALL TOTALS FORECAST

GFS KUCHERA SNOWFALL TOTALS FORECAST

ECMWF AND GFS TEMPERATURES FORECAST


NWS HAZARDS AND WARNINGS DISPLAY (LINKED)


FROST / FREEZE OUTLOOK FOR SUNDAY DEC. 13, 2020

The following radar loop is linked.  IF the map does not update automatically, click the image for the current radar loop:
INTELLICAST RADAR ANIMATION

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Have a blessed evening!

T. F. “STORM” WALSH III
GMCS, USCG (ret)
METEOROLOGIST / HURRICANE SPECIALIST /SEVERE WEATHER SPECIALIST

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I am a Tropical Forecast meteorologist, providing hurricane forecasts during the Atlantic Hurricane Season. I retired from the U.S. Coast Guard in July of 2001. Meteorology became my passion in high school, and I have continued my educational background in meteorology since 1996, when I undertook the study of Tropical Meteorology. While working toward my degree, I had to unexpectedly withdraw from college due to my oldest sons medical reasons. I do however, meet the educational criteria of the AMS to be recognized as a meteorologist. Studies include, but are not limited to the Navy Aerographers Mate course, Naval METOC meteorology course, Meteorology 2010 Sophomore level course while attending St. Petersburg College, Clearwater, FL., Basic Forecasting course for operational meteorologists from Rapid WX, meteorology institute, a four month meteorological internship, and extensive research on numerous meteorological topics such as the MJO, NAO, satellite imagery interpretation, etc.

I have been forecasting Tropical Weather (Tropical Storms and Hurricanes) since 1996, with my main client being three different Coast Guard Commands.



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