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Jim Marusak

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  • Birthday 01/21/1974

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    st paul, MN

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  1. Jim Marusak

    Spring 2018

    My home town of Nanticoke, PA got hammered from straight-line winds, from what I am seeing from friends and such on FB. Damaged roofs, trees broken and even a few uprooted (some pretty big ones too, like a couple of feet across), power out in several places, just a total mess.
  2. Jim Marusak

    Severe weather risk 4/30 - 5/3

    nice little lineup of tornadic cells on the Topeka Radar.
  3. Jim Marusak

    Severe weather risk 4/30 - 5/3

    Jeff Poitrowski was saying multi-vortex tornado on the ground before his feed cut out.
  4. Jim Marusak

    Severe weather risk 4/30 - 5/3

    anyone on the ground near Glasco, KS? the CC drop has not dissipated much at all on the Hastings radar with that cell as it moves along US 24.
  5. Jim Marusak

    April 12th-15th Winter Storm

    what are they saying on the roads across the GTA on 680 news, 900 in Hamilton, and 610 in Niagara? cause it sounds real bad in Streetsville right now from what you're saying, as well as probably the whole QEW from the Peace Bridge to the Gardiner
  6. Jim Marusak

    April 12th-15th Winter Storm

    call this a bit of an end of storm commentary out here in Minnesota, and watching what's going on back in the t-dot. And I have to admit, the model snowfall came a lot closer to reality than I was originally thinking, but the impact I was thinking about for around here did verify (11" near my apt complex in the north end of St Paul). But as for the sleet I saw not only here, but am seeing further east, I have to admit, a couple of days before the event, I was looking at some model soundings out here, and they were all screaming sleet/ice pellets to me, not freezing rain, even though most of the TV mets were saying a freezing rain was a big possibility in the transition. and as for you guys in Toronto, I do remember a bit about that 2003 sleet storm. I drove into work that morning on Birchmount from Sheppard heading to Markham with several inches of sleet. It actually was not that bad to drive on that sleet compared to snow, if for no other reason than at least the sleet was consistent. But that high amount of sleet was a bit of surprise, since I think the day before the forecast was more being steered to freezing rain as well.
  7. Jim Marusak

    April 12th-15th Winter Storm

    estimating just under 10" here of a snow/sleet accumulation in the north end of St Paul between 22Z yesterday and 2340Z this evening, using a rough area-averaging technique, since my apt won't allow me to put up snowboards, rain gauges, and instrument clusters.
  8. Jim Marusak

    Central PA - March 2018

    agreed. chips are down, momma nature's roulette wheel is going. time to go to "nowcast" mode.
  9. Jim Marusak

    Central PA - March 2018

    So I just didn't notice it. thanks. As for the storm itself, i see that Hazleton was at 37-23 and should start with some light snow shortly. But as for the valley cities, 41-26 at Avoca, makes me wonder if there's a bit of downsloping off of Suscon Mountain there. Because it doesn't seem right that they haven't started heading at least the upper 30's by now (and yes I know it's an 800' elevation difference).
  10. Jim Marusak

    Central PA - March 2018

    I just saw that PennDot actually took pre-emptive action and starting at midnight banned trailers towed by passenger vehicles, motorcycles and rv's, empty trucks (regular and trailers), and large combination vehicles (I assume that's double and triple trailers) from I-81, 78, 380, 84, and 80 east of Conyngham. I don't remember them doing that before this storm. Have they been doing it this year, or just haven't I been noticing it?
  11. Jim Marusak

    Severe potential 2/24

    looking off the HPX radar, I swear you could see 2 areas of circulation... one south of Middleton, the other half way between Corinth and Middleton. Anyone else see that?
  12. Jim Marusak

    January 20-22nd Winter Storm

    well, the mets got it right around here, but the school board in St Paul (my current residence) screwed up big time. some kids didn't get home until 11pm from elementary school. totally sad. https://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2018/01/meteorologists-blamed-for-st-paul-school-bus-snafu/ I can verify that not only the NWS got the right message out, but all the local TV stations did too. either they were directly saying 6-10 or 8-12, but the heaviest snowfall would be in the afternoon and the evening rush, and it would be heaviest in the east and southeast metro; or they were like 6-8, but the big band was close enough that any jog to the north that 12" was realistic for the east metro, also saying the worst would be the afternoon and the evening rush hour. I hate to say it, but with precinct caucuses in ~2 weeks for the DFL and GOP in Minnesota, and the school board members usually all there with the people actually seeking nominations (both US senate seats, governor's seat, US and state reps, and other state row offices) I wonder how many people will show up to complain to the school board members. I know as a DFL member (and convener/precinct chair for the precinct), I will definitely have to ask them politely but firmly who they were listening to about that forecast. after all, this is a storm whose call was right, not one to blame my fellow meteorological colleagues on.
  13. Jim Marusak

    January 20-22nd Winter Storm

    as for the Euro, its operational run is still much further south than the rest of the models. it even looks like it's further south with the QPF than the previous two runs.
  14. Jim Marusak

    January 20-22nd Winter Storm

    looks like with the Canadian it brings a near-perfect dynamic set with the trowal nearby to bring in the burst of really heavy snowfall between 12 and 18 UTC on Monday. Without that big dynamic boost, snowfall amounts in the heaviest area are closer to 8-12 than 14-20. this system is definitely going to have as its issue whether it'll be just trowal/occlusion dynamics or adding a boost to them with surface and near-surface synoptics.
  15. Jim Marusak

    January 20-22nd Winter Storm

    GFS Operational in, not as bad for the metro, but still definitely significant at 8-11". still the Canadian, euro, ukmet, and the ensembles to go.
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