Monday 8 AM
The national weather map is much simpler than usual. There are just two main pressure centers: a high pressure area centered near the Pennsylvania - West Virginia border, and a low pressure centered at the California - Arizona border. The low pressure area in the Southwest is there much of the summer. The high in the Northeast will bring the longest period of hot weather so far this summer to the northeastern third of the country. This video has more.
This pressure map shows the high pressure area that is sponsoring this week's sunny, hot and humid weather.
With more hot weather still to come... and no sign of a break this week, it might be soothing to express the forecast in cool weather terms. So, chill out and let's see what's going to happen. The cold fact is there's no immediate end to the heat wave. Cold fronts moving across Canada are on ice for the time being because of a high pressure area frozen in place in the East.
When you consider how long the heat will last, we've only seen the tip of the iceberg so far. Air conditions are right for a few stray thunderstorms to crystalize during the next few days, but it's no definite thing, if you get my drift. My suggestion would be to stay by the cool pool or maybe sip on some slush or water ice. Hopefully, the upcoming weather won't throw cold water on your plans.
So, this week, the I-95 corridor from Virginia to New Jersey faces the furnace fires of grandiose grilling, the super searing, intensely igneous, fiercely firing and flaring, brazenly broiling pinnacle of perspiration... the summit of sweat and a surfeit of sultriness that is certainly sweltering. The intense insolation, braising and baking, sears the sidewalks and simmers the streets. It is just that simple.
This is the chameleon month of March. Always searching for a sense of identity, its days stagger through punches of waning winter, dance with the sunlit caresses of coming spring and hide behind thick clouds through the wind-swept battles between the two.
In the early to middle part of next week, there could be a hint of spring in the region from Illinois to New Jersey. This is a forecast map for next Tuesday morning. The average rain-snow line is midway between the last blue dashed line and the first red dashed line, and.... is that a daring daffodil???
There is uncertainty about how far north a storm from the Gulf states will come on Friday. This morning's NAM is rather bullish on the system. However, it suggests milder weather for the Northeast for a while this weekend before the next cold front arrives.
Many people have requested some real spring weather in the Northeast. Looking out two weeks with the European model, it still looks chilly on this flow aloft forecast for March 19.
This map shows accumulations as of 8 a.m. They have continued to increase since then in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.
The northward extent of the snow will be determined the progress of snow that was showing up this picture from the radar serving southwest Ohio. The is what it looked like just after 7PM ET.