THE FRONTAL SYSTEM THAT CAUSED THE GLOOMY AND DAMP CONDITIONS ON MONDAY WILL ONLY SLOWLY MOVE AWAY… WEDNESDAY, NEW YEAR’S EVE, SHOULD BE MUCH BETTER BUT IT WILL REMAIN ON THE CHILLY SIDE… RAIN CHANCES RETURN THIS COMING WEEKEND ALONG WITH WARMER TEMPERATURES

I was up in Pennsylvania and New Jersey during Christmas and the weather up there was absolutely beautiful for this time of year. Even when we were in the Wilkes-Barre, PA area which is in the mountains, the weather was quite mild. There was no snow on the ground and basically the weather caused no issues during our trip. For the most part, I didn’t even need a winter coat! A frontal system that caused our wet weather of late will slowly move further offshore during the day today (Tuesday). However, clouds should dominate the skies along with some light rain or drizzle at times. Weather forecasters don’t expect as much rain today as we saw yesterday. I picked up just under a half inch of rain on Monday. Wednesday, New Year’s Eve, should be drier with some sunshine as high pressure slowly builds into our region. Temperatures will be on the chilly side. Then, as we head into the weekend, a frontal system is expected to bring us increased rain chances. Since the low pressure system is expected to pass west of our region, we will remain on the warm side of the system. That means that we will receive rain, and not snow this weekend… Now that the winter solstice has passed, the days have actually started getting longer. It’s a very slow process at first during the early winter season, but it accelerates as we head into February and March, when the length of daylight increases by over 3 minutes a day! Calendar year 2014 will go down as a slightly wetter year than normal. We should end up with just over 50 inches of rain for the year, which is a few inches above normal. Well, that’s about it for now. Thank you for reading. Have a safe and Happy New Year!

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