Archive for February 9, 2009

AFTER A NEARLY PERFECT SPRING-LIKE WEEKEND, THE WORK WEEK DOESN’T LOOK THAT BAD EITHER… WHEN WILL THE COLD RETURN?

I hope that you had a chance to get out and enjoy the weather this past weekend. A cold front slipped through the area on Sunday night dropping temperatures to more normal levels. However, the air behind this cold front isn’t really that cold. The core of the arctic air mass is way up north in Eastern Canada. A light onshore flow on Monday will keep us in the 50’s. On Tuesday as the high slips offshore, the winds should turn more southerly which will bring up warmer air.  Another front will approaching bringing just a slight chance of a shower as we head through mid-week. No significant precipitation is expected here locally. High temperatures will most likely flirt with the 70 degree mark again as they did on Sunday. By the time we get to the weekend, forecasters will be watching a weak system sliding in the southerly branch of a split-flow jet stream. Normally, when you have a split-flow (northern and southern branches of the jet stream) it means a wetter pattern for our part of the world. And, we sure can use some moisture. We haven’t received much precipitation this year thus far. Maybe this will mean that next week will be wetter. Although next weekend looks to be cooler, there is no sign of arctic air returning in the near future.

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