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About BlizzardNole

  • Birthday 02/06/1967

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    Germantown, MD (Elevation 550 feet)
  1. I have seen baseball sized hail twice -- Kettering, MD in 1978 and near Orlando, FL in 1992, and I never want to see it again. It is devastating. The Kettering storm took all of the windows one one side of our house. My dad was sick! But, the upshot is they got an insurance-covered new roof less than a year before selling. The 1992 storm in FL scared the life out of me -- caused $1500 damage to my car. No windows lost, but some cars looked like they took shotgun blasts to windows. Just crazy.
  2. I've been lucky today - heavy rain stopped this morning just in time for my walk down 1st Street from Union Station, and I get to stay dry on my walk back up at 5:00. Some nice looking cells heading toward MoCo.
  3. Right at rush hour too. That would be a mess!
  4. Wow I've never missed such heavy rain so close before -- I watched the edge of very heavy rain train west to east literally 1-2 miles south of me and never got more than a couple drops. I bet there was 1-2" as close as 2-3 miles south. Talk about getting NPZ-ed! At least I did get 0.5 yesterday so there's that.
  5. Wow Mattie g that almost looks like a still shot of a tornado. Cool pic. Hoping for another round today before the back-door doldrums this weekend, but it's probably just a Virginia deal.
  6. Man does it feel tropical outside! It's just 81, but the humidity is high after the half-inch of rain yesterday evening and there is no wind. Feels like full on mid-summer. I'm glad to see the excessive heat go, but I'm not happy about a back-door cold front weekend. Just found out my wife's aunt from Philly is visiting her daughter out in Denver -- talk about getting a facefull of how wild that climate can be.
  7. Dunno about DCA - still 84 with that breeze off the river. Baltimore made it and Dulles is close. How crazy is that 6-12" of snow in Denver after being in the 70s until yesterday? Here's a town in the foothills to the west: This Afternoon Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 31. North wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 16 to 22 inches possible. Tonight Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Steady temperature around 24. North wind 7 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 7 to 11 inches possible. Friday Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 31. North wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.
  8. Wow 90 all the way up at Burlington, VT! How about 69 at Thomas Point (off Annapolis) and 90-plus just miles away. Having to replace our HVAC last year was a gut punch, but man does that AC feel good -- the upstairs bedrooms can be kept as cool as the rest of the house whereas before there was a strong warm front draped across those steps, even with the fan on high. We don't even need the ceiling fans any more.
  9. Just over a half inch to go with the one inch from Thursday. Now we get a couple nice days before the 90s roll in.
  10. 1.0 on the dot from yesterday -- looking for 0.5-1.0 tonight/tomorrow. May is looking good in the rainfall dept, but man I hate swinging back and forth from 40s/50/s and upper 80s. May looks good on paper with highs averaging in the 70s, but we that "average" comes from cold, dreary days like today and late next week when we flirt with 90.
  11. LOL how frustrating is this: With the NAO remaining strongly negative, flow will be blocked and persistent northwest flow will result in below normal temperatures the entire week. A positive trend in the NAO towards neutral over the weekend supports the idea of a potentially more substantial area of low pressure tracking near the coast as evidenced by several ensemble members of various model centers (GEFS/EC).
  12. Right about 1.5" in Germantown. I am really happy with this. Time for NPZ to switch the pic from desert to the rolling green hills....for a while anyway!
  13. Went ahead and got a 6x50 foot frost cloth off Amazon - why not eh? I'll use it to fend off the first few frosts in fall to extend the life of the flower beds. Last year everything got zapped by a couple back to back frosts, then we proceeded to stay above freezing for like three weeks.
  14. Wow I have to say I am impressed -- 0.6 already and some good stuff on the way before the dry slot later. Maybe a t-storm this afternoon? The gardens are happy.
  15. I'm not too worried about most of them, but I should have held off on the tropical milkweeds until Mother's Day. I will from now on! (If things look really dodgy on Sunday, like frost advisory, I could dig them up and put them back into the pots I grew them in for a couple days, then put 'em back).