Monday, February 12, 2007

A little help?

Pay no attention to the snow that may be falling at your house this evening. It will amount to little. The "real" storm moves in later tonight and tomorrow and what it'll bring, nobody seems to know.

It is with a heavy heart that I bring back Weatherman Accountability -- a feature that's meant to gauge our local meteorologists' abilities to predict snowfall accumulations more so than where the various dividing lines between snow, sleet, ice and plain rain will set up. Nevertheless, we're still under a prematurely-issued Winter Storm Watch and it's clear that moisture and cold(ish) air will be around for the next 36 hours; thus, some type of accountability is in order.

Of course, snow geeks like myself have spent the better part of the last week salivating over a storm that kept getting better on the computer models, right up until yesterday when it all went south (or, more accurately, north). Rather than yardstick-worthy accumulations, we'll be lucky if we see any snow at all mixed in with our various assortment of frozen and non-frozen precipitation types.

But enough complaining -- there'll be plenty of time for that -- for now I have a request. I'll be trying my best to get the 11 pm forecasts from our local TV stations (both Baltimore and DC), but I'm not sure if I'll be able to watch them all (despite my supreme remote control toggling ability). After a few stints of this feature last year, I found that more than a few stations use forecasts generated by various national outlets (The Weather Channel, Accuweather, WeatherBug) on their websites.

But these are no good. I want forecasts straight from the horse's mouth. So, if you're watching your Live, Local, Late Breaking news tonight and happen to catch the weather segment, which will undoubtedly be the first thing on, please post whatever accumulation totals they mention for Howard County in the comments of this post. Information on the rest of the state is also appreciated. Since the guys at do a good job collecting data from the DC TV stations, forecasts from Baltimore weatherpeople are more important.

Thanks... and pray for snow (or at least the serenity to accept whatever muck comes our way)!

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