Riderwood Residents Trade Winter Predictions with Local Forecaster
Back in the fall, many weather prognosticators called for a cold, snowy winter in the mid-Atlantic. Through early January, however, less than an inch of snow had accumulated at Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) Thurgood Marshall Airport.
Predicting the weather is a dynamic challenge in this region, even for the experts. That’s why it was so informative to host WJLA News 7 (ABC) meteorologist & weather producer Eileen Whelan on December 3rd.
During her visit to Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community in Silver Spring, Eileen talked about the science of forecasting and the challenge of “doing the weather” for local television newscasts & websites. She took questions from the audience of sixty residents about topics such as technology and climate change.
Following her presentation, Eileen showed off the equipment on the ABC News 7 Storm Chaser Hummer. She uses the vehicle to provide live, on-location weather updates to viewers in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
Twenty residents also entered the “Guess the Snow Total” contest for the 2014-15 winter season. The challenge is to predict the snowfall total at BWI Marshall Airport from December 1st through March 31st. The winner will be announced in early April.
The entries range from 4.2 inches to 63 inches, and Eileen’s official prediction is 33 inches. Stay tuned! For each contest entry, the Public Affairs Department made a donation to the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless.
Many thanks were extended to Riderwood resident Bob Sprinkle for being the inspiration to the morning of talkin’ weather with Eileen Whelan.