A beautiful but cold day is in store for today following crystal clear sky of last night. Did you catch that moon last night? It was like a spotlight. The shadows in the early morning were amazing. We've had days with thick dark clouds that were darker. Quite the sight.
(Note: the previous system forecast was good on temps, timing, and movement. But overdone a little on rain, and just missed the snow. If one looked at the traffic cams on I-78 Wed morning, one would have noticed that at Frystown exit there was no snow on the ground, but at Strausstown exit it was all white, and that continued all the way into NJ. yes, forecast had merit, but we just missed it)
After the nice day today, we have a serious of unsettled weather days to go. In fact I do not see another sunny, calm day through next Tue. The pattern is active and will likely that way through the end of the month/year. There will be chances for snow/ice as well as rain. Here is what we are looking at:
Friday/Saturday: Big rain storm moves up from the Gulf of Mexico. Lots of widespread rains. The heaviest (2"+) will be to our east. But everyone in the NE US will get a soaking rain of about 1" or more. It will start later Fri afternoon, and continue through Sat afternoon.
Sun: As the storm deepens off to our north, the winds will pick up late Sat night into Sunday. The storm pulls away by Mon morning.
Mon/Tue: Next storm comes racing in. This fast movement tells me that this storm will not be as strong. There isn't room for it to deepen dramatically. This calls for a more stretched out, forward tilted system. It will be a moist system also, but smaller, and faster moving than the weekend system.
What am I looking at? Snow to start late Mon afternoon/evening, then likely transition to sleet/ice. Possibly some rain at the end. Much colder after this storm. Amounts are unknown at this time. But the basic picture is pretty straightforward.
Pastor Terry. He received his bachelors degree in Meteorology from the State University of New York at Oneonta, in 1994. The education continued as a hobby by reading the blogs of some of the best forecasters in the business. Although forceasting the weather is an imperfect science, it is a pleasure to follow what the Creator has made.