Say that five times fast: Weather Weenie Warrior Word Wars.
And that is exactly what is going on in the weather regarding PA and NJ weather for tomorrow. A war of words over this question: Can snow accumulate during the day in April?
Simple answer: YES it can accumulate in April (See NY, CT, RI, MA Mon)!
Misleading Answer: No, due to the high sun angle.
Why is that misleading? Well, one question: how did the snow accumulate even on roads in NY, CT, RI and MA during the day this past Monday? The sun angle pretty high there too!
Look, the real truth about snow accumulation is that surface temperature is the key. If it’s 28 degrees in the middle of April, snow will accumulate. And if it’s 34 on Dec 21st, snow will struggle to accumulate. Not really the angle of the sun. It’s what the temperature is at ground level. Yes, the sun angle drives the seasonal change in temperatures, but to just say that snow cannot accumulate in April simply because of the sun angle is misleading. It’s really about the surface temperature.
Now about Saturday's snow (which I am not too excited about. Bring on the warm weather!):
What could go wrong?
As you can see, it is a tricky forecast that could be very wrong. I gave you my best guess. I would not be surprised to see either extreme and I wish it were going to be sunny and 65 too. But we do not control the weather ... thankfully.
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.