Archive for January 17, 2010

SUNDAY MORNING DAWNS WET AND WINDY… CONDITIONS SHOULD IMPROVE LATER IN THE DAY… MONDAY LOOKS LIKE A DECENT DAY FOR THE MIDDLE OF JANUARY… THE AIR BEHIND THIS SYSTEM IS NOT THAT COLD SO FORECASTERS DON’T SEE A RETURN TO FRIGID TEMPERATURES THROUGH AT LEAST MID-WEEK

As I write this, it’s raining and the winds seem to be increasing a bit out of the southeast. The rain is expected to continue most of the morning but if you look at the radar and satellite pictures, there is an abrupt end to both the dense overcast as well as the precipitation which is not far to our south and west. This should move into the Hampton Roads region this afternoon and as a result, we may actually see some sunshine today. However, there will still be a chance of a lingering shower or two. There is a new low pressure system developing over the Caronlinas which will replace the initial low as the primary low pressure center. Once the low moves past the area, our winds will switch around to the southwest and then eventually the west. Temperatures will be quite mild, especially across NC.  Monday should be a fairly decent day as there really isn’t any chilly air behind this system. Tuesday and Wednesday should also be uneventful but as we head into Thursday, another system may approach the area producing rain or showers. This is our first significant precipitation event in 2010 and it will be interesting to see if the wet weather pattern will continue. El Nino is still out there in the Pacific so odds are it will continue to be on the wet side. The West Coast is about to receive a lot of rainfall over the next week or so, which is a normal for an El Nino winter. Let’s hope that this doesn’t result in mudslides and flooding but history shows that El Nino winters are notorious for numerous problems in California. So, enjoy the milder weather (once the rain stops) and get out there if you can. We still have plenty of winter to go.

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