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Here are a few questions that
were answered recently by
Lead Forecaster Dewey Walston and Forecaster Michelle Margraf:
June 16, 2002 Edition
Q: What do you expect this summer to
be like in terms of temperature and precipitation?
A: The official outlook for the summer shows a slight bias toward above normal
temperatures and no bias toward above or below normal precipitation (so near
normal precipitation). Click
here to view NOAA's long range weather outlook homepage.
Q: What is the adiabatic lapse
A: The adiabatic
lapse rate is the rate at which temperature in a (dry) atmosphere drops with
increasing height as a result of the atmosphere becoming thinner with increasing
Q: I do most of my boating on the
Chesapeake Bay. Is there a channel on the marine radio (CB) that carries
the marine forecast?
information is broadcast on our NOAA Weather radio on frequencies between
162.400 MHz and 162.55 MHz. Click
here for information about local NOAA Weather Radio transmitters and service
areas. If you do not get these frequencies on your CB Marine radio, you
can purchase a weather radio at most electronic stores. They are
relatively inexpensive. In addition, most of these radios are equipped
with a special alarm that activates the radio whenever severe weather
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