At 11:15 PM PST/2:15 AM EST
Observe and report. Like Paul Blart, Mall Cop, I’m observing and reporting.
First stop, radar. It’s active. Snow, identifiable by radar only recently, is the only precipitation being seen at the moment. It’s moving west-to-east.
Meteorologists call the radar’s targets, hydrometeors. Cool name.
We can detect rain, snow, hail, sleet, whatever. If a radar beam can bounce off it, it’s tracked.
Most times the radar is amazing. Not always. I’ve seen storms develop in an unusually bright patch of ground clutter. Surprise! Where did that come from? A once every few year event.
All my observing tonight is on the College of DuPage weather website. They carry nearly every product with well chosen color tables. Highly recommended.
The surface map shows the low pulling east, leaving New England. There’s more moisture following and colder temperatures. The snow isn’t quite finished.
Before ending this morning that additional snow will cover the slushy wet mess already on-the-ground. Up to a half foot more will fall in scattered sections of the Litchfield Hills all the way to the UCONN campus. Most areas a few inches less. Even less on the shoreline and near 395.
But still, look what it’s covering!
Oh–and windy and much colder.
The amount of forecast and observational data available is immense. New tools arrive all the time. For nerds like me, this is heaven. Forecasting in pajamas!