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Travel delays across mid-Atlantic tomorrow, but no snow for Boston

Posted by David Epstein  March 2, 2014 09:38 PM

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Missed a snowstorm, but not missed
Winter storm warnings are posted for the Washington, DC overnight and Monday morning with advisories for snow over Cape Cod. Nearly all of the snow will pass safely to our south and even on the Cape this is marginal event. While I have an inch or two forecast, the snow could bypass parts of the Cape closer to the canal.
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My map shows the chance for snow showers around Boston. If snow does fall Monday morning, the best chance is from about 3AM to about 8AM. While Boston could see a few snow showers,many of you won’t even see a flake. Over Cape Cod and extreme southeastern Massachusetts, I think there will be an inch or two of accumulation. Nantucket could see a few inches more being closer to the storm. If you are planning travel south, especially to Philadelphia or Washington, DC there will be major impacts to travel. The cancellations there could spill over to flights here so be sure to call ahead tomorrow morning. LaGuardia will not have delays due to snow.

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One of the contributing factors why we are missing this storm is the northern branch of the jet stream is helping to keep the storm south. The part of the upper wind flow is also going to carry more arctic air through the area the first part of this week. High temperatures should be in the upper 30s and lower 40s, we won’t be out of the lower 20s Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. This is about 15 degrees below normal and many of you will single numbers for morning lows.

Ironically, the extreme March cold is pushing the storm far enough south to avoid a major problem. If the cold wasn't so strong, we could have been looking at a much bigger snowstorm. Personally, I'll take the cold if the trade-off is not snow.

Towards the end of the week milder air will bring temperature readings closer to normal along with the opportunity for a new round of precipitation.

Meteorological mentors
In addition to my blog and the work I do on radio and TV I also teach. Being in education, I hope I can positive influence my students in ways they will come to appreciate in years to come. If you read this blog regularly you certainly know my Maine roots are deep and I proud of them. So much of the reason I am able to write or broadcast about the weather and gardening is because of all of my Maine connections. Of course Maine was once part of Massachusetts so it seems fitting I would settle here, now for over two decades.

Since the storm bringing a major snow event to the mid-Atlantic is going to miss us, the overall weather pattern looks pretty quiet. This lends me an opportunity to reflect upon all those mentors, without whose guidance, I wouldn’t be doing what I love so much.

One of my favorite memories in school was walking from my junior high to the elementary school for lunch. (Our school had no cafeteria back then). It was a great opportunity to get outside and this short 5 minute walk often gave me the chance to ask my science teacher (pester) Mr. Chambers about weather and gardening. In spite of the cold of a typical March, I’d ask (pester) him when to plant peas and how much more snow he thought there might be before spring really arrived. To me, he seemed always have the right answers about all of these things. When I left Moore, he would write in my yearbook “I’ll look forward to your giving the report on T.V.”
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When I think back to all the mentors I had during my years in the Portland School system it’s simply amazing how many teachers encouraged me to keep perusing my love of meteorology and horticulture. I have two hibiscus plants I winter over in the house every year. I can trace how I care for those plants to how my teacher showed me what she did to her own hibiscus each winter. Ms. Agren taught me how to sew and cook and I know I still use some of the techniques I learned in 8th grade today. In the 5th grade we had to follow the weather for a week and then make our own weather map. My work earned an A+. “Great Job” from Mr. Dulac, much to the chagrin of my fellow students who didn't understand how any 10 year old could make weather maps that well.

In 1980 I started all my tomato plants in Mr. Hoyt’s biology room at Deering High School and would attempt the same thing the following year with Mr. Walker at Portland High. (Growing up where I did I was able to transfer schools my junior year). Each of those teachers fostered a love of plants, animals and the natural world around me I still carry today. When I applied to Colby , my 8th grade English teacher Ginny Foley wrote one of my recommendations, although she was later tragically killed by a drunk driver, her support was a big piece in helping a very awkward kid grow up and be accepted into the college I would come to love so much.

Senior year at Portland Dr. Greer, the then superintendent of schools, would periodically call me out of class before a storm to ask me what I thought about the upcoming snow. His first question was always to ensure he wasn't taking me out of Mr. Hadlock’s class, the ultimate faux pas when it came to my Physics lessons and Mr. Hadlock. IMG_2460.JPGThe day I graduated, I open my diploma to find a personalize note from the secretaries at PHS. At first I thought it was blank, but quickly read the kind words from those women.

Television news also made an indelible impression on me growing up. Those forecasters who told the weather story were heroes to me. In same way others worship their favorite athletes, I knew I wanted to have a job like some of the forecaster on TV. In Maine, Bob O’Wril, Art Horn, Steve Adamson , Terry Casey , Barry Burbank (before he went to WBZ) and Joe Cupo. I’m fortunate years later to call many of these people respected colleagues. My first internship was at WBZ with Bruce Schwoegler just after Don Kent had retired. I was fortunate to meet Don when he would sometime visit during the winter.
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At Colby, I was exposed to incredibly supportive professors and staff who further helped guide me towards my eventual career. Senior year, when I wrote my cover letters to about 100 TV stations throughout the country I spelled the word career with two r’s. In a pre-spell check world, I was so grateful when the administrative secretary for the Biology not only caught the mistake, but retyped the letters and for me. (I continue to work on my grammar and punctuation in these unedited blogs).

One student who took my class at Colby (I taught Jan Plan there) is now an anchor in Bangor at WABI. It definitely brings a smile to my face when I see a tweet from @newsycaitlin and think about her budding career in the media and hopefully years of success. I remember how excited she was the first time I took the class to a TV station and her telling me this was the field for her.

I know spring will come, it always does and whether I am forecasting April showers or planting my peas, the people and institutions who helped guide me along the way are always close in my heart.

Ask me a question about weather or gardening on Twitter @growingwisdom.

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David Epstein has been a professional meteorologist and horticulturalist for three decades. David spent 16 years at WCVB in Boston and currently freelances for WGME in Portland, ME. In 2006, More »
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