Friday, October 31, 2014

Winter Could be Wild !!!

I remember living in Dayton, Ohio back in the winters of 76-77 & 77-78.  The cold was brutal & the snow was deep. My friends at WeatherBell Analytics are indicating that there are signs in the ocean temperatures of the Pacific that are similar to those back in the 70s.   They believe this is going to be another really cold and snowy Winter with the snow dipping farther into the Deep South.     Tonight a really deep upper low is driving cold air & snow as far south as Atlanta.   It has winds howling on this Halloween night and you’ll want the heavier coats for Saturday morning.   NWS has issued a Freeze Watch for the North Shore for Sunday morning as temps. could dip to near freezing.     If this big dip in the Jet stream is an indication of future East Coast troughs,  get ready to see some unusual weather (weather extremes?) here for December & January.   The problem I have with really cold Winters here is our southern homes are not built for the severe cold like up north.  Freezing temps. often mean frozen/busted pipes.   Not nice.  Stay tuned!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

1st of many Big Chills

During my 43 years broadcasting weather, I know once a weather pattern is established, it often takes many months to change.   Look at this year’s hurricane season.   The pattern was set early for storms to turn or form east of Florida & not come into the Gulf.  Same is true with the past 2 Winters.  East coast trough keeps redeveloping bringing down lots of cold air from Canada.  So what are we seeing lately?   More East Coast troughs.   Hummm…can anyone say BRUTAL WINTER AGAIN?!!!   The buzz last year was POLAR VORTEX.   What ya think they gonna call it this year?  SUPER POLAR VORTEX?   Whatever, if this pattern continues expect many nights of freezes here even on the South Shore.   Add in moisture and can you see some flakes flying here?   Why not?  


In the short term, Friday should be another nice day with plenty of sunshine.  After a chilly start in the 40s & 50s, highs should reach 70-75.  By late afternoon and, especially after dark, you’ll notice the winds crank up driving in some unseasonably cold air that will require sweaters, jackets & maybe even some heavier coats.  Temperatures will feel colder on Saturday due to the “wind chill” effect.   Lows Sunday morning could dip to near freezing north of Lake P.  Fireplace time folks!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Big Chill is Coming...

After another day of near record warmth (84, record is 85),  the 1st of 2 cold fronts has already pushed down to our coast.    A stronger surge of cold air arrives after dark on Friday that will bring in the coldest air since last March.  Before then, Thursday and Friday will be delightful with plenty of sunshine & comfy temps (70s).  after midnight on Friday, the cold will be driving down in full force and by daybreak on Saturday, sweaters & jackets will be needed with temps in the 40s & wind chills down into the 30s.  Highs Saturday & Sunday will stay in the 60s with lows Sunday morning on the North Shore just above freezing!   A rapid warm up returns on Monday with highs in the 70s to 80+ on Tuesday.


FYI…big headline in USA TODAY…”Warning bells on Warming”  ( yep, I know these stories come out right before it gets real cold!)   U.N. Panel report says “irreversible” climate extremes loom.   The paper says “the report will likely be the primary document used next year in France (figures!) when world leaders meet to create a BINDING agreement on climate change.   Translation…Government “leaders”/politicians decide to raise taxes and impose restrictions on the standard of living in the ‘richer” countries.  Will any of those restrictions reverse “climate change” (climate has ALWAYS been changing)?  Of course not, but it will make some folks feel better and will make those connected to the political system (Al Gore) richer.   Climate runs in CYCLES and, despite the fudging of data, the Earth has entered a COOLING CYCLE.   Reduce pollution?  Sure.   Control weather and climate?   Nope.  Stay tuned as governments try to get deeper into your wallets.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Time to come out of the Closet

After record breaking warmth (87) today, several cold fronts will have us heading into our closets for the heavy weather gear  this weekend.  The 1st front arrives Wed. PM bringing us a slight chance for some much needed rainfall (15 dry days in a row!)    Slightly cooler and less humid air follws the front, but a much stronger surge of cold air arrives after dark on Halloween.  No rain will be with that front since low level moisture will be limited.   Saturday morning,  gusty north winds 15-25 will probably prevent temps. from climbing out of the 60s despite all day sunshine.  Sunday starts chilly, but a warming trend begins in the PM that will have us back to near 80 + for Monday & Tuesday.   Below zero temps are growing across northern Canada as the nights get longer and the snow pack increases.   It’s only a matter of time before Old Man Winter will make this little fella looking forward to Spring.   I can take some cold, but I don’t like the freezes.   Stay tuned!