Archive for December, 2015

THE WEATHER PATTERN HAS CHANGED JUST IN TIME FOR THE NEW YEAR… NO MORE RECORD BREAKING WARMTH FOR A WHILE

It’s been quite a weather pattern the past several weeks with record breaking warmth and occasional rainy periods. As the headline states, the weather pattern has changed so that we will not be seeing any more record breaking warm temperatures for the next several days. The pattern also appears to be a drier one. I don’t think I ever remember my grass being so green at this time of the year. El Nino most likely has been playing a role in the very warm and wet weather of late. El Nino has also been affecting the weather across the nation bringing major storm systems to the Pacific Northwest and the flooding rains and severe weather to portions of the Mid-West and the South. Temperatures will be returning to more normal levels as we head into the New Year. The average high temperature right now is 49 degrees. A lot of folks are wondering whether we will see any snow this year. There’s no snow in the immediate future so we’ll have to wait and see if the pattern changes enough to bring us the white stuff as we head into later January and February. Speaking of snow, I was up in Sparta, N.J. and they had snow and sleet Tuesday morning. Fog was also a major issue up there. I also wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone a healthy and prosperous New Year. Thanks for reading and Happy New Year!

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A LARGE AND STRONG AREA OF HIGH PRESSURE WILL BRING US DRY AND COOL CONDITIONS THIS WEEKEND… WARMER TEMPERATURES ALONG WITH A FEW CHANCES OF RAIN ARE EXPECTED NEXT WEEK… WINTER BEGINS MONDAY NIGHT

The frontal system that brought rain and much cooler air on Friday is now well offshore. In its place, a large high pressure area has moved into the region. Winds will be gusty this morning and will slowly subside through the weekend. Temperatures on Sunday should be a tad warmer and the winds will be much lighter. Rain chances increase early next week as a frontal system moves towards the region and the high moves offshore. The winter solstice will occur Monday night so Tuesday will be the first full day of winter. It won’t feel like winter for the first few days of the winter season as temperatures are expected to be way above normal. This should continue through Christmas Day. After that we should cool down again. For travelers this week, winter weather will not be a concern. However, rain is expected at times next week beginning Tuesday. The reason for the warm weather this month is the jet stream, which has been well north of the region. Parts of the West, however, have been seeing the cold temperatures, storminess, and snowfall. The Pacific Northwest has been hit hard the past several weeks with several rounds of very strong winds and very heavy rainfall, with snow in the higher elevations. El Nino is also playing a role in the unseasonal weather pattern. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES SHOULD CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS… RAIN CHANCES GO UP ON MONDAY AS A COLD FRONT APPROACHES… WE MAY HAVE MORE RAIN LATER NEXT WEEK

A summer-like weather pattern continues to bring above normal temperatures. High pressure to our south and east is causing the above normal temperatures. The average high temperature is 53 degrees and we should see temperatures well above that today (Saturday). Highs in the 70’s are likely for most of us!  The warm temperatures should continue through Monday. A cold front will bring a chance of showers later on Monday. Highest rain chances will be to our north and west of Hampton Roads. Behind that cold front, temperatures will be cooler Tuesday but they should still stay above normal. We may have some more wet weather later in the week as another system approaches the region. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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TEMPERATURES WILL BE NEARLY SEASONAL THE NEXT FEW DAYS… HIGH PRESSURE REMAINS IN CONTROL THROUGH THE WEEKEND… SOME WET WEATHER IS POSSIBLE EARLY NEXT WEEK

The average high temperature for this time of year is 55 degrees and we should be close to that each afternoon the next few days. The weekend should be dry as a large high pressure area currently centered just north of our region remains in firm control of our weather. Winds shouldn’t be an issue this weekend since the pressure gradient remains weak. A frontal system approaching from the west on Monday is expected to transfer its energy to the coast which may develop a low pressure system off the southeast coast. The combination of these systems may bring some wet weather on Monday and Tuesday. Dry weather is expected by mid-week. There is still no sign of any bitterly cold weather over the next several days or any chance of snow. November was quite wet in our region. My rain gauge measured around five (5) inches of rainfall for the month. El Nino winters are usually wetter than normal in our part of the country. It’s going to interesting to see how much snowfall, if any, we receive this winter. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

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