Monday 8:40 a.m.
A slow-moving low pressure area that drenched parts of Florida and other places in the Southeast was centered over northwestern South Carolina early today, and it will be over central New England by Wednesday. Its output has been spotty, but dramatic. Fort Myers, Fla., had more than 4 inches of rain in the last few days while Tampa (104 miles away) had virtually nothing. The heaviest rain early Monday morning extended from West Virginia to the western Carolinas. This map shows the arrangement and also shows an extensive area of rain extending from Maryland to New England.
In today's video, we look at how where most of the rain should fall during the next couple of days, then see why we are optimistic about nice weather late in the week and into the weekend in the Northeast and Great Lakes.
The map below the video is one of the GFS solutions for where the southeast storm will be early Saturday. The precipitation is predicted to be farther north than suggested by other models.
It is freezing cold in the Northeast this morning, but this map shows that much more mellow mildness has reached the Plains.
Extensive precipitation straddles both sides of the cold front that was moving through central New York and central Pennsylvania as of mid morning. This radar shows the distribution of rain and snow; some temperatures are added.
The cold front approaching the East shows up quite well in this pressure analysis. Several temperatures are plotted to give you a sense for how much the temperature changes behind the cold front. At Chicago, it went from 60 at 4 a.m. to 39 at 5:19, a 21-degree drop in little more than an hour.
Temperatures on Sunday and Monday will range from the 60s in parts of New England to near 80 in Maryland and Virginia. However, a strong cold front will then trigger and perhaps a few thunderstorms as it ushers in air that will be 30-40 degrees colder than it will be ahead of the cold front.
During the early morning hours of April 15, there will be a total lunar eclipse visible across North America. This eclipse is the start of a <em>tetrad</em>, a series of four total lunar eclipses over a two-year period. The totality begins at 3:07 a.m. ET, 2:07 a.m. CT, etc.