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AOSC Departmental Seminar
April 16, 2015

Forecasting Washington's Winter Weather: A Review of 2014-2015 and the Grand Challenges

Jeffrey Halverson
Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of MD, Baltimore County

Many people love a big snowstorm (and many do NOT). Winter brings high drama as we repeatedly ride the forecasting "rollercoaster" of uncertainty, whenever significant snow and ice storms threaten. Professor Jeffrey Halverson, who forecasts and blogs for the Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang, shares some of his experiences and insights about the wintertime forecast process in a region hyper-attuned to snow, ice, high wind, and arctic air. The winter of 2014-2015 had its share of challenging cases, which we review, then offer a few lessons learned about the process, and how we can do better next time around.