It has been quite stormy recently. During the last two weeks, many places in the Northeast swung from below to above average precipitation amounts, and many places had snow. In the Philadelphia and New York City areas, the northern and western suburbs all had at least a few inches of snow, but in the cities themselves, rain spoiled the party for those wishing for snow. Now, as we get start 2013, the weather pattern looks consistently dry and chilly for the Northeast.
Here's hoping that for you, 2013 is the best year you've ever had... until 2014. In reflecting on why people are interested in weather and weather forecasts, there are many obvious reasons. But one reason, aired by the late TV weather person Herb Clarke (Philadelphia) really made an impression on me... because of its simplicity. The weather forecast is the only segment of the news program that talks about TOMORROW. I saw Herb in person only a few times, but he was always friendly and complimentary. He passed away on Jan. 9, 2012, at age 84.
I was looking for a few snow scenes yesterday, and took this picture at the edge of a snow-draped forest.
Tropical Storm Colin is caught in the southern stream while the northern stream is helping to send unseasonably cool air out of central Canada.
Then, as the cold front arrives, there may be violent thunderstorms. This map shows the early morning SPC assessment of the severe weather risk on Sunday:
Farther east on Sunday, rain is likely to be more extensive, and there is a severe thunderstorm threat from the Middle Atlantic region on south.
With the second front, shower activity may be spotty at first as the system comes through Chicago on Saturday but could be wetter and more stormy than the first front by time it reaches the I-95 corridor Sunday.
A pocket of dry air covers most of the area from the Great Lakes to the back edge of the East Coast clouds. This suggests sunshine will be the rule across the Northeast until the next frontal system approaches later in the week.
Here is the severe weather outlook for today from the NWS Storm Prediction Center. Note at the bottom the population in each alert area is listed. Keep in mind that in any given severe weather situation, the number of individuals directly affected is far less than the number of people potentially threatened.