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Site Revamp Underway

I have found a theme that I liked, but there’s way too much empty space, so I’m going to be customizing it slowly but surely until I have it the way I want it. Once the blog portion is done, I’ll get to work on the teleconnections pages.

It’s a responsive web site, which is a step up from what I had before. Also looks better on mobile.

Site revamp coming later this fall

I put in a fair amount of work to the original site design back when MAD US Weather started in September 2010, but five years is a good run time for one design, so it is time to come up with a new one.

The plan is to get a new design deployed before the start of the Mid-Atlantic snow season, which is when I make about 95% of my posts. At some point, I may get motivated enough to make more regular blog updates that aren’t just snow and seasonal forecasts.

That reminds me… I still have to finish the teleconnections page and update my Flickr account.



Maintaining a web site and making content consistently for free is hard.

The Jessica Game

Storm chasers! Road travelers in general! Here is a “fun” game to play while on the road to pass the time maybe. Game credit/co-credit goes to Jason Foster.

The goal of the game is simple: Listen to the entirety of Jessica by The Allman Brothers Band (the 7:28 full version… don’t give me none of that 4:00 crap) without passing any vehicles and without getting passed by any vehicle that is traveling in the same direction as you.

The rules:

– You must be on an interstate (assuming you’re in the United States).
– You must play the entire song to beat the game. The game starts when you start the song and ends when you end the song.
– You cannot adjust your speed up or down for the sole purpose of winning the game. Drive at your normal speed whenever possible.

Difficulty levels:

Normal – Play the full song without passing or getting passed by vehicles traveling in the same direction as you.
Hard – Play the full song without SEEING ANY VEHICLES that are traveling in the same direction as you.
God Mode – Play the full song without seeing ANY VEHICLES TRAVELING IN EITHER DIRECTION.

I personally have beaten the Normal level several times, and I have only beaten the Hard level once or twice. I have yet to beat God Mode.

New Page: NWS Snow Maps

For years, the NWS snow forecast maps have been sometimes hard to find and inconsistent from WFO to WFO. I decided that it’s time for one web site that has links to ALL of the NWS snow forecast maps across the CONUS.

I also displayed many of the Mid-Atlantic maps directly on the page for one-stop browsing. They were chosen because I am currently D.C./Mid-Atlantic focused, and they suit my needs the most.

At the moment, I have the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic offices completed. I will hopefully have the rest done by the end of the week (at which point I will update this post).


It’s that quiet time of the year…

Still around… just been very quiet with respect to what I normally post about on here. Winter forecast update will be coming later this month… waiting on a little more data before I get the final release out there.

As a reminder, I am active on Twitter, so I recommend following that (@MADUSWX). I still post on as well, though that’s rather quiet now since there’s not much going on. There will be a tornado threat late this week in the central U.S., so I will be posting a forecast for that on the U.S. Tornadoes site later this week.

It’s a bit early to start the snow forecasts for the Mid-Atlantic, but rest assured those will come when needed. Hoping to get one, maybe two more chases in this year, but we’ll see how that plays out. I plan on making the trip to the Plains again next spring with some new video equipment, so that will be a good time once we reach that point.

New Project – U.S. Tornadoes

A little over a month ago, my friend Ian Livingston (@islivingston) started a new project that focuses on the past, present and future of tornadoes in the United States. He has brought me on board as the tornado threat forecaster for the site (, where I will be posting 1-7 day tornado forecasts every Monday and Thursday. I will also be posting special updates to the forecast if needed.

In addition to my forecasting responsibility, I am also doing some work on the web design as well as posting to the U.S. Tornadoes Twitter feed (@USTornadoes) and Facebook page.

Here is a look at the tornado forecast I wrote yesterday:

I will still be posting most of my material to this site, but you can also follow me on U.S. Tornadoes.