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                   Monday, December 17, 2007 - 10:47PM

All clear - for the time being

By DAN ROBINSON
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The sun has been out off and on today, working on dissolving the thin layer of snow we have left on the ground.

By tomorrow the coating should be completely gone in the lower elevations as we ease back into a milder and sunnier pattern. Aside from a few rain showers here and there, the long-range forecast through the next 10 days looks generally quiet and uneventful for the central Appalachian and east coast regions. While severe weather and snowstorms could threaten other parts of the country, our area should miss out on all of those events. That's something I'm actually welcoming, as tracking and forecasting a major storm or snow event I potentially have to cover is pretty time-consuming daily routine. With nothing significant on the horizon, I can take a break from the intensive model, satellite, radar, METAR and forecast discussion watching and not worry about the weather interfering with my plans. The relative calm couldn't have come at a better time, as I'm taking the weekend to do a Snowshoe ski trip this Saturday with friends coming from out of state. It will be nice to not have to worry if I'm going to have to rush out the door for a heavy snow band or flash flood. As always, I can never totally turn my back on the weather, as it is known to throw suprises at you from time to time. But the fact that the latest model runs have been showing only intermittent light precipitation with temperatures well above freezing for the next week is reason enough to relax.

StormCam and Weather Station
Back in 2006, I bought two webcams for the car for our live chase feed out on the Plains. I haven't used them since, and after seeing one lying around taking up space I decided to do something with it. I set the camera up looking out my office window at the backyard, which should show whatever weather is happening in Charleston at the moment. Here is the link. This camera is cheap and has a terrible picture - but at least it's not laying around picking up dust. I'm also planning on reviving the mobile weather station that I bought for the 2006 trip by installing the system on the roof of my house. I'll get the web interface back up and running for it on a more permanent basis in the next couple of days, as I doubt I'll be using it on the car anytime soon.

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