posted on Jan, 19 2005 @ 02:43 PM
I work in the construction supply industry (Yes; I sell rock salt in the winter) and live and die by the weather. I consider myself a novice
meteorologist and even have equipment set up at home that monitors barometric pressure, wind speeds and chill rates, hygrometers, temps, gust speed
and direction, precipitation rates etc... In fact, I'm such a weather "Geek" that I track the data on my computer and have a program set up that
e-mails my weather monitoring results to one of our local weathermen who uses it in his segments (Along with a number of other weather "geeks").
My take on this storm... Yes, it will certainly offer precipitation in excess of what would be considered normal for this type of weather pattern.
The reason being the blocking high pressure front will allow an abnormal amount of moisture to build up in the atmosphere. The arctic express will
invariably collide with the prevailing jet stream which will make any moisture in the atmosphere highly unstable resulting in snow. However, I highly
doubt that we'll be looking at 3 feet or anything like that. My guess would be 10 to 12 inches in the midwest as a result of the occluded front,
lake effect areas could be double that amount. If the Nor'easter fires up late this weekend like they speculate, the NE could really get slammed
with snofall amounts of up to 2 feet. If the Nor'easter doesn't rear it's ugly head (As a result of the shift of the high pressure dome), NE could
expect between 6 and 12 inches of snow. That's just my take on it.