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Hurricane Maria Forecast To Bring Impacts To East Coast

Hurricane Maria will approach the Mid-Atlantic coast early this week then finally shove eastward into the open Atlantic. Maria will likely not make landfall but will come close to portions of North Carolina midweek and could bring tropical storm force winds, locally heavy rain, storm surge, and very rough surf. Maria will create hazardous surf and rip currents for much of the East Coast this week. Read More >

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Cold-Season (Winter) criteria:

  • Snowfall
    • When (new) snow accumulation reaches 3 inches
    • When (new) snow accumulation reaches 6 inches
    • Give a final report/total at the end of the storm (water equivalent if possible)
    • 1 inch per hour or greater accumulation rates
  • Ice
    • Any occurrance, or accumulation, of freezing rain
    • Accumulation of 1/4" or more of ice on trees/wires
  • General Winter Reports
    • When forecast winter precipitation differs significantly from observed (i.e. snowing with no snow in forecast, sleet...when only snow is forecast...)
    • Any other significant weather occurrence/oddity (i.e. flooding due to snow melt/ice jam, damage from strong winds not associated with a thunderstorm)

Warm-season (Thunderstorms) criteria:

  • Tornadoes or funnel clouds (be very wary of look-alikes; watch for rotation)
  • Wall clouds, especially if they are rotating
  • Hail (Please be specific with regard to size)
    Other sizes/descriptions to use for hail:
    
    * Pea 0.25 inch
    
    * Penny 0.75 inch
    
    * Nickel 0.88 inch
    
    * Quarter 1.00 inch (15/16")
    
    * Half dollar 1.25 inch
    
    * Walnut/Ping Pong 1.50 inch
    
    * Golf ball 1.75 inch
    
    * Lime 2.00 inches
    
    * Tennis Ball 2.50 inches
    
    * Baseball 2.75 inches
    
    * Large Apple 3.00 inches
    
    * Softball 4.00 inches
    
    * Grapefruit 4.50 inches
    
    • Quarter-Size (1") and larger is severe!
  • Wind Gusts (40 mph or greater; specify whether estimated or recorded)
    • large branches downed (specify diameter of branch)
    • Trees/power lines downed
    • Structural damage to buildings (roof, windows, etc.)
  • Rainfall
    • 1 inch or greater in an hour (NOT a 1"/hr. rate for 10 minutes)
    • 2 inches or greater storm total
  • Flooding
    • Streams/Rivers -- also, when nearing bankfull
    • Street (when more than the usual poor drainage puddles)

 

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