Tuesday 9 a.m.
Words cannot describe the beauty of this day. Behold the bright disk of the eager June sun peering through the emerald canopy of trees, the golden specks of sunlight peppering the lawn. There's a freshness in the morning air that adds life to our steps, inviting us to breathe deeply and savor the richness of this stunning morning. And, as if to mimic the blossom world that saturates our sights, the unfurling weather pattern will be sunny through tomorrow.
These are the days we waited for on all the bitterly cold, icebound days of winter, when face-freezing winds ran rampant across a snowdraped winterscape with the sun just a feeble bystander an eternity away. These are the days we waited for during the stratus status dreary days when a soggy carpet of steel wool was dragged across the sky as if pulled from an endless roll. These are the days we'll savor fondly when it gets so hot that even today's busy dandelions lose their drive and just stand their staring at the sun-scorched summer sky. These are the days we'll recall on those steamy August afternoons when searing waves of blistering heat simmer from the blazing streets. This is what we'll long for on holdover steamy September days when a hurricane or tropical storm menaces the mainland, boils the waves, gathers the gales, foments fear, batters the beaches, destroys the dunes and evacuates vacationers. This is what we'll long for on some chilled October morning when a cloak of fog chokes the dawn and nullifies noon. Also, it will be a nice day.
More thunderstorms threaten Oklahoma, but the Northeast has sparkling sunshine.
This table shows the ensemble means for the next two weeks at Philadelphia: It suggests that whereas it does turn cold, any snowfall looks quite limited.
It is too early to be confident about any forecast for Christmas Day (or even the week before). However, the GFS model does go out 16 days, and it has a cold look for the Northeast exactly one week before Christmas.
As the flow aloft becomes southwesterly, mild moist air will spread northeastward from the Gulf States. In summer, this creates a hazy, very warm and humid scene for the Northeast. Now though, the warmth is slowly drained away as the moist mild air advances over cold ground. With temperatures near the saturation point, clouds form.
If each one of us lights an inner flame for just one thing- just one aspect of our lives we are thankful for, the warmth we create can light the world on Thanksgiving. The flame of warmth and love can burn so bright that no cold wind on earth can blow it out.
One concern for later this afternoon and evening is a trailing batch of precipitation moving northeast from the Carolinas. If this survives to reach the I-95 corridor just as the cold air arrives, there could be a brief but nasty episode of snow that makes it slippery.
The exact placement of the storm center will determine who gets into the real warm air coming up on the east side of the storm and who stays in the chilly air on the west side.