THE NEW YEAR STARTS OFF ON THE WARM SIDE IN HAMPTON ROADS… THE MILD WEATHER PATTERN SHOULD CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL MORE DAYS… MORE RAIN IS EXPECTED LATER IN THE WEEK

Last year, at this time, we were in the grips of an Arctic air mass. Temperatures were way below normal and were in the single digits at Times Square when the ball dropped. This year is very different. We are expected to see temperatures peak out in the low 70’s on New Year’s Day as a warm southwesterly flow takes over. Today, New Year’s Eve, we will see temperatures slowly rise to around 60. The warmest part of the day is expected to be this evening. Winds will be light today out of the east and will slowly be veering around to the south by tonight. There may be some showers later on as a warm front crosses the area.

The storm track dictates what type of weather we experience. Low pressure systems that pass by to the west or north usually bring mostly rain to our region and milder conditions. This is due to the way winds blow counterclockwise around low pressure areas in the northern hemisphere. Low pressure systems that move to the south or east can potentially bring frozen precipitation to our area. For example, the low pressure system that brought heavy rain a few days ago passed by well to our northwest. Even up in the mountains of northern New Jersey, where I was for the Christmas holiday, precipitation fell as rain. The overall weather pattern is not expected to change anytime soon. It’s possible that the El Nino in the Pacific Ocean is causing this mild weather. The jet stream controls the storm track, so if the jet stream is to the north, temperatures will usually be above seasonal norms.

Cooler temperatures are expected on Wednesday, but they should still be slightly above normal. Some wet weather is expected later in the week as another system approaches the area.

That’s it for now. I want to wish everyone a very Happy, Safe, and Prosperous New Year!

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