Thursday, February 18, 2010

Snow...sad face (Hoax?)

From Reader Tim:

Issued by The National Weather Service
Baltimore, MD
7:56 am EST, Wed., Feb. 17, 2010

... WINTER WEATHER OUTLOOK IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST NEXT TUESDAY...

A WINTER WEATHER OUTLOOK REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST NEXT TUESDAY.

HEAVY SNOW IS EXPECTED AS A POWERFUL STORM MAKES IT'S WAY ACROSS THE
SOUTHERN STATES THIS WEEK, GAINING ENERGY FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO BEFORE

IT HEADS UP THE NORTH EAST. MOST MODELS ARE PROJECTING THIS TO RIVAL THE

PREVIOUS THREE STORMS THE BALTIMORE AREA HAS BEEN HIT WITH THIS SEASON,
WITH POSSIBLE SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 20 TO 30 INCHES LIKELY FROM NEXT
TUESDAY TO WEDNESDAY... WITH MORE ACCUMULATION EXPECTED ON WEDNESDAY
NIGHT. IN ADDITION... WINDS OF 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH WILL
CREATE AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW ON THE RIDGES... REDUCING VISIBILITY TO
LESS THAN ONE QUARTER MILE AT TIMES.

A WINTER WEATHER OUTLOOK FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER
CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE
FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY.
IF YOU MUST TRAVEL... KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT... FOOD... AND WATER IN
YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY. REPORT YOUR SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS

Update: In order to meet the "low bar of respectability" required of this medium, I did a little extra research and it looks like someone may be playing on our fears.

1 comment:

  1. I found those statements nowhere on the NWS site. But I did see WJZ talking about two weather fronts/storms. On Monday, one is expected to go to our north and the other is expected to go to our south. Hopefully we'll escape unscathed - the plow trucks widened our road last night and the end of my driveway has snow >5' high. WJZ.com WMAR has good weather forecasts as well.

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