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Sep 01
2009

The Best Damn Forecast Discussion Ever

Posted by Brian Barnes under Opinion

The following is real – I couldn’t make this up if I tried!  It is an Area Forecast Discussion issued by National Weather Service Meteorologist – Gino Izzi, Sr. Forecaster, NWS Chicago/Romeoville.  Introduction made, I leave you to read “Ode to Summer 2009″, by Meteorologist Izzi:

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FXUS63 KLOT 011918
AFDLOT

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO/ROMEOVILLE IL
218 PM CDT TUE SEP 1 2009

.DISCUSSION...
242 AM CDT

...ODE TO SUMMER 2009...

YOU ARRIVED QUITE LATE
YOUR WARMTH NEVER GREAT
OFTEN DREARY AND GRAY
RAIN...FILLED MANY A DAY

NOW ITS TIME YOU DEPART
LEAVING US HOW YOU START
TEMPERATURES UNSEASONABLY LOW
YET SUNSHINE ALL AGLOW

SOME RECORDS DID FALL
AS RAIN PILED UP TALL
THE THIRD COLDEST ON RECORD
NOW ON THE BOOKS IN ROCKFORD

THOUGH AUGUST 19TH CAME IN
WITH STORMS THAT HAD SOME SPIN
YOUR UNUSUAL AUTUMN-LIKE CHILL
KEPT SOME LONGING FOR THUNDERY FRILL

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE IS YOUR FATE
AND NOW FOR WINTERS EL NINO WE WAIT
A PARTING GIFT BEFORE YOU GO
YET ANOTHER NORTHWEST FLOW

WHILE TAKING SOME POETIC LICENSE TO BID ADIEU TO SUMMER...POETRY
IS NOT NECESSARY TO DISCUSS THE TRULY SPLENDID WEATHER THAT IS IN
STORE FOR THE REGION THROUGH THIS WEEK. A WEAK AND MOISTURE
STARVED VORT UPSTREAM WAS EVIDENT OVER MN EARLIER THIS EVENING ON
VISIBLE SATELLITE IMAGERY AS A SWIRL IN THE SMOKE BLOWING OFF
WESTERN FIRES! WHILE INTERESTING TO LOOK AT...THE VORT IS
PRODUCING NARY A CLOUD FROM THE SURFACE TO THE STRATOSPHERE SO
SHOULD HAVE NO IMPACT ON OUR WEATHER.

DRY AIRMASS WITH CLEAR SKIES AND LIGHT WINDS WITH HIGH PRESSURE
NEARBY SHOULD CONTINUE TO ALLOW FOR LARGE DIURNAL TEMP SWINGS THIS
WEEK. A SLOW MODERATING TREND WILL TAKE PLACE THIS WEEK AS THE
SURFACE RIDGE DRIFTS EVER SO SLOWLY TO THE EAST...WITH MODERATION
MOST NOTICEABLE WITH DAYTIME HIGHS ACTUALLY CLIMBING BACK ABOVE 80
BY THE END OF THE WEEK.

NO CHANGES PLANNED TO HOLIDAY WEEKEND FORECAST THOUGH THE 00Z
MODEL SUITE DOES SEEM TO LOOK A BIT LESS LIKELY FOR
RAIN...PARTICULARLY ON SUNDAY. DAY SHIFT WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO GET
LATEST THOUGHTS FROM HPC AND COORDINATE WITH NEIGHBORING ON THE
ALL IMPORTANT HOLIDAY WEEKEND AND CAN MAKE ANY NECESSARY
ADJUSTMENTS TO POPS/WX AT THAT TIME.

IZZI

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