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wdrag

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  • Four Letter Airport Code For Weather Obs (Such as KDCA)
    KFWN
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    Wantage, NJ (8 mi south of High Point Monument - 3mi w KFWN)
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    Relevancy into my 90s, family doing well-enjoying life, running, cycling, ATL Braves system, Weather Science.

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  1. Wrapping up... Trace ice pellets/snow here at our home in Wantage though could have opted for 0.1 but was conservative since less than 50% coverage. NOHRSC totals of sleet/snow through their interp program... attached only through 8PM last evening. Thanks for participating in this thread. I dont think we're yet done, with the NAO steep decline and then eventual bounce back and associated NAEFS d8-14 chilling ne USA. It's late season junk for most...but snow is beautiful to see. Probably won't initiate any more Obs threads unless it looks good for measurable... waited to the last minute for this one. Was in GA for the March 21-22 distant suburbs snow...right near where the Tybee Island Tornado is described in the February 2019 BAMS. 928A/6.
  2. Confirming Wantage NJ and High Point State Park both mostly ice pellets at 3PM. Dripcicles at HPSP...nothing serious there so far. Saw on Mount Holly FB..Bath PA still ice pellets.
  3. At High Point State Park, NJ. Mostly light ice pellets at 234pm with a t of 31 and a bit of icing evident. Pavement wet.
  4. Still pinging an ice pellet at 150pm in Hardyston NJ. Temp holding near 36 37
  5. Wantage NJ 8 s High Point r-, few ice pellets 35.8/19.0. T ice pellets remaining on grassy areas.
  6. Multiple obs of sleet=ice pellets from the Lehigh Valley to Newton and Wantage the past 20 minutes...inclusive of beginning here at the house at 10AM. T 37, TD 9. Flurries mixing in here in Wantage NJ.
  7. Good Friday morning, not much snow or sleet expected today but prolonged icing on trees/wires and untreated pavements foreseen for elevations above 1000 feet this afternoon-evening, especially Sussex County NJ into se NYS. Another marginal event but its definitely going to be cold. Here in Wantage NJ at 740'MSL at 720AM its still 32F with a very low dew point. It's been snowing a bit in Hazleton and Lehighton PA and now icing in Williamsport.
  8. wdrag

    March, 2019

    Haven't seen all the numbers yet ...several 1-2": in the 40% or greater area, seemingly high terrain. NOHRSC website hasn't updated since the 8th so I can NOT use that evaluation tool, til they restart the 24 hour snowfall tool. From my view, this ensemble probabilistic and the operational snow depth products frame expectations, much better than the old methodologies including rudimentary 10 to 1 snowfall ratios. NWS has ability to blend multiple snow ratio guidance into one reasonable product, every 6 hours, from which forecasters can run snow fall tools, based on their probabilities for snow and hourly qpf in the 6 hour periods in question. This applies to any snowfall forecasts from anyone. I just think this probabilistic guidance is getting harder to beat day in-day out. If you can't beat them, join em and essentially be a darn good interpreter-communicator of upcoming scenarios including IMPACT.
  9. wdrag

    March, 2019

    Good Sunday morning everyone, Some thoughts. A)I'm aware of the horrendous ECMWF 2m temp bust for NYC middle of last week, including my own going for 6F in NYC if more than 3" of snow on the ground in CP for Thu morning. Terribly wrong. EC and myself had a problem on the 2nd night extreme cold forecast for CHI for Jan 31 as well. Room for improvement in these potential extreme situations via 2M temp forecasts (exclusive to model output statistics). Now to what I think are more positive potential outcomes. Seems like a window of opportunity for a coastal snow event March 19-20 per trough location and max departure from normal 500mb heights on both 00z/10 EPS and 06z/10 GEFS with modeled closed surface low pres off the mid Atlc coast and 24 hr pcpn trends. At least its an opportunity, even something near the 25th-26th.Maybe something to monitor in the coming days, whether its too little too late? The 19th has been flagged for several days in the broadly reviewed ensembles, I think as others have noted herein. I do not think my area of Wantage NJ will stop at our seasonal snowfall of 35.4", because we've not yet dealt with bigger elevation "only" early spring wet snow events that sometimes occur in April. The following may be old news but I want to reiterate, as I've just spent the last two months looking very closely at snowfall guidance. I also attached yesterdays ~0830z/9 probabilistic ensemble image for 1" or greater snowfall. MUCH MUCH better than some of the algorithms used by the websites that we use, inclusive of EPS and GEFS ensembles in mixed precip events and also used in the op models across the board. I think these are using more rudimentary conversion schemes (10 to 1). These mixed precip marginal temp situations suggest to me it is better to use the available operational POSITIVE SNOW DEPTH change as a conservative bottom number for snow-sleet accumulations. I think you'll like the POS Snow Depth change, especially in situations that occur frequently here, which is above freezing layers aloft limiting dendrite growth, and of course with temps are at or above freezing at the surface. Certainly gives me a better handle on pavement accums, which is crucial for transportation. Hopefully this is not old news and is useful for review, including anyone going back in the archives. The other thing I've noticed HRRR snowfall is useful (not referring to the sometimes available HRRX variable density snowfall). 1003A/10 So far, I've only found 1 or 2 reports of more than 1" of snow in ne PA, near where the 40-50% probability was, ditto se NYS. Otherwise s of I84... generally less than 1" total. added 1005A/10
  10. Good morning all from Wantage NJ 8s High Point. I'll check CoCoRAHS and PNS's for further reports. Per prior, we had 0.5" sleet-snow-sleet 325A-~&A. Since, we've had some freezing rain with a glaze on all untreated wooden surfaces at a sensor temp of 32.4. I estimate the glaze as less than 1/tenth inch radial. Three images are attached. One of the glaze, and a second of the snow sleet mix. I also attached yesterdays ~0830z/9 probabilistic ensemble image for 1" or greater snowfall. MUCH better than some of the algorithms used by the websites that we use, inclusive of ensembles which I think are more rudimentary in their conversion schemes (10 to 1). I think in these situations it is better to use the available operational POSITIVE SNOW DEPTH change as a conservative bottom number for snow-sleet accumulations. I'll repost this on the March banter. I think you'll like the POS S Depth change, especially in situations that occur frequently which is above freezing layers aloft limiting dendrite growth, and of course with temps above freezing at the surface. Hopefully this is not old news and is useful for review. 905A/10
  11. Wantage NJ 8 s High Point 533A. snow changed to mostly small ice pellets just a couple of minutes ago and 0.5" snowice pellets accum (mostly snow) on all surfaces. 32.7F. This may be my final accum for today. Season 35.4"
  12. Wantage NJ 8 s High Point 455A 0.2" snow and sleet accum. The sleet that began ~325A has changed to wet snow. 32.7F 27.5F TD. smaller flake wet snow.
  13. Wantage NJ 8 s High Point. Ice pellets began at about 325A EDT/10. Temp 35.2 Dew point 19.4.
  14. Snow or sleet should begin ~2A-3A nw NJ and develop east northeastward with better chances for a start as snow when you get to the Hudson River and points east into Connecticut. The southern edge of any very brief slight sleet (or even wet snow) accumulation should be near Interstate 80 prior to sunrise EDT. Significant icing is possible over the high terrain above 1000 feet from nw NJ into se NYS and western CT before temps at even the highest elevations of NJ/SE NYS exceed 32F around Noon Sunday. Best chance for any small snow accum appears to be the very northern fringe of this NYC forum area. Hope we can get some reports of wintry accums of some sort.
  15. wdrag

    March, 2019

    No obs thread for this but the HRRR had snow showers overnight somewhat advertised yesterday at 06z/5...influx of colder air aloft-500mb trough, Result Wantage NJ 8s High Point waking up to a dusting. 0.2" in snow showers late last evening (~11P) makes 5 consecutive days of measurable snow here. March 10.8. Season 34.9. It is pretty up here...no grass blades showing yet. Yea! (no mowing for a couple of 3 weeks I hope)
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