Monday, February 25, 2013
March's weather will not start on a lionish note in all likelihood but it appears a cold cat is probably more likely for an analogy as the calendar page changes.
As the calendar eases out of winter and toward spring, Mother Nature is making the transition more slowly than usual. A year ago at this time, we were in the midst of a stretch of three days out of six of 60 degree or warmer days. But outside of Wednesday's flirtation with the upper 50s, no such luck is in sight for the next two weeks, as the atmospheric pattern after a storm system moves through in the middle of this week is a morass of stale late winter and delayed spring. If you like warmth at this time of the year, feel free to wait a couple of weeks, as the middle of March should bring a fling of warmth our way. How long that fling lasts is still very much to be determined, but it doesn't look like the whole of March will feature the …
Monday, February 11, 2013
After a near miss on snow this past Friday night, Monday rains will wash away what little is left on the ground, leaving a "typical" temperature pattern for mid-February for the rest of the week.
Friday's near miss storm was literally that ― we were about 50 miles away from getting several additional inches of snow in your backyard as many areas of northern New Jersey and coastal areas of central New Jersey ended up getting ten or more inches of snow. Locally, anywhere from trace amounts to six inches fell from Chester County to Bucks, with the city getting anywhere from a few tenths of an inch at the naval yards to nearly five inches in the Northeast. Most of that snow washes away with Monday's rains moving through, some of which will be steady if not heavy for a time. We'll probably get a half to full inch of rain in the region, with the bulk of it falling in the morning. Some drizzle lingers into the afternoon. The balance of …
Monday, January 28, 2013
From winter to soaking rain to winter in a few days time. A wild ride of weather ahead this week!
Simply put, this week's weather will have us on a bit of a roller coaster. The recent spell of cold eases out for a couple of days before a second round of cold air pushes in after a soaking rain on Wednesday afternoon and evening. We go from winter to soaker to winter within the course of a week. At least you can't argue that the weather pattern ahead is boring! Monday's precipitation plethora is due to warm air pushing in aloft over the cold air in place at the surface. Temperatures will be slower to warm above freezing the farther north and west you are from the city, with the result being some periods of freezing rain or freezing drizzle that could lead to slippery travel for a time during the morning and early afternoon before …
Friday, January 25, 2013
On Tuesday, the Weather Channel predicted a "significant accumulation" of snow could fall on Friday. But today, the forecast calls for just a few inches.
Don't rush out for your bread and milk just yet. The Weather Channel's prediction Tuesday that the area could be in for "significant snow" on Friday has been retracted. The Weather Channel now says there's a 60 percent chance of a snow shower. Accuweather predicts just an inch or two will fall, and expects it to be in the late afternoon from around 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. But hang on to that scarf and mittens; it will be very cold through the week. The forecast through Friday calls for temperatures in the low to mid 20s. Overnight lows on Thursday could plunge to 11 degrees. Things will warm up a tad next week. According to the Weather Channel, highs Tuesday will be in the mid 40s and it could get up to 50 degrees mid week.
Monday, January 14, 2013
After flirting with March-like temperatures, we're going to return to winter around the Delaware Valley, with colder temperatures lurking down the line.
Reality in January isn't temperatures in the 50s or even 60s. "Normal" is highs in the 30s to around 40, which is the air that's more likely in our cards over the coming days. A cold front slides on through during the course of Monday and begins the downward descent in temperatures, with our temperatures dropping from the upper half of the 50s on Monday morning to lower 30s around the region by Tuesday morning. Along with the frontal passage, a wave of energy will push northeast along the front and spread light rain and, perhaps, some light snow along with it. Given the push of the front southeast through the region, the shield of light rain and snow may miss the northwest 'burbs of Philadelphia but be better confined to South Jersey and …
Monday, January 7, 2013
The coming week's weather looks milder around the region. Seasonably cold weather may return by the end of the month.
January hasn't really started on that cold of a note. Temperatures so far this month are running near average as our "cold snap" has been really full of typical January type weather. That pattern will relax as we work through the course of the coming week, with typical January weather thawing out as the week progresses. The nation will be pretty mild overall for much of the week, only cooling down late this week in the Pacific Northwest as a push of cold comes in from Canada. However, our region starts near normal on temperatures and will warm progressively each day, pushing 50 on Wednesday and then probably 50 again by Friday if not Saturday. Thursday may be a notch cooler if only because of the prospect of additional clouds around the …
Monday, December 17, 2012
A December to forget for snow lovers continues with a generally rainy and mild week of weather ahead.
The coming week will be mild, snowless and with a few shots of rainfall. There are no signs of Arctic-like cold on the horizon but the weekend will be colder than what we'll experience for much of the week. A stormier pattern will rule the roost overall but with the jet stream generally pushing storm systems through at a quick pace, these storms won't have time to organize, strengthen or set up a more favorable pattern for snow lovers in their wake. The coldest air is currently locked over northwest Canada and Alaska and is likely to stay there for rest of December, although occasional glances of colder air will push down. This weekend will be one of those glances. Rain is possible later Monday into early Tuesday with the next of these …
Monday, December 10, 2012
After 60s for many of us on Monday, things will cool off to more typical December weather for the balance of the week.
December has definitely started on a different note than November. Temperatures so far are running several degrees above average and arctic-type cold is in short supply, confined to Europe and Alaska. It will generally stay there and not impact us over the next week, perhaps longer. This week's weather features a very mild Monday, a mild end of the week, and a typical December pattern in between. Monday's weather features 60s, a mild breeze, and some showers or a period of rain in the afternoon through the evening hours as a cold front moves through. There could even be a rare rumble of December thunder with that cold front as it comes through the region. After that front, 40s for highs and lows around freezing will be the dominant …
Monday, December 3, 2012
For those who loathe the cold – how does 65 degrees sound on Tuesday?
December's first week will feature generally mild weather. The cold trough that dominated much of November, bringing us our first month of below-average temperatures since last August, has been replaced with a more zonal pattern in the atmosphere. This is allowing temperatures to moderate quite a bit through Wednesday and still remain close to normal through the end of the week as the cold air core entrenches over the Yukon and Alaska this week. Don't get too giddy with hopes for warmth all winter. We will trend colder, likely next week, but for those who thought the November chill was insufferable, the following week provides a bit of a breather in the pattern. The warmest of the days this week will be Tuesday, with highs that flirt with …
Monday, November 26, 2012
A crisp week of weather is ahead of us...and potential for some light snow on Tuesday in the forecast.
This month is shaping up as not only our first month of below average temperatures since August of last year, but also, potentially, the coldest November since the late 1990s. Before you fret and wonder if this is the beginning of a long, cold winter of discontent, November is not necessarily a harbinger of what winter will bring. Several cold Novembers have been followed by warm winters (2007, 1997, 1996 to name three over the last couple of decades). This November will close on the same chilled note on which it began, as temperatures for the balance of the month will average out a few degrees below normal. Included in that chill this week is the potential for some light snow on Tuesday. At this point, it looks likely that precipitation…