The big storm that blasted the Northeast with heavy snow, pelting sleet, flooding rain, rare winter thunderstorms and high winds is leaving the Northeast, and dry, chilly air gusts in to replace it. Now, we see another system crossing the middle of the country, and by tomorrow morning we will see another low pressure area strengthening off the Virginia coast. That storm will not cause widespread precipitation across the Southeast because there is no time for Gulf of Mexico moisture to get involved. However, the Atlantic is another matter, and we expect to see a growing area of snow affecting the I-95 corridor as the storm heads from the Middle Atlantic states into New England. This video shows how things should evolve:
This map is a draft of our projections for the next low pressure area. The worst conditions should be in coastal areas of northern New England. Projected starting times are shown.
On Valentine's Day, the subjects of happiness love and romance sweep us away. Of course, we all love different kinds of weather. In the winter, the pristine sparkle of freshly fallen snow with the distant low sun glimmering through the barren branches has a special charm.
The summer has its lofty cumulus. Warm evening breezes & flashes of heat lightning off in the distance enter the memory as a backdrop to times spent with those close to us. And, there's autumn, with a latticework of fog lacing the dawn, then the dazzling spectacle of color splashing through the trees.
Then, there's springtime, its image a delight etched in the memory. The brilliant vista of golden flowers, shimmering emerald trees with golden dapples of sunlight, pastel blue skies, and the carefree breeze share the stage with a captivating warmth that grabs hold and tells us to love life. Those finding new love will see their companion's sunlit face and know it matches the outdoor scene exquisitely. Friends with memories of many springs will feel a happiness familiar as in days gone by.
Our lives represent all the seasons: squalls of anger, thundery rebuke, showers of compliments, the wet blanket of shattered dreams, the ecstacy of summer warmth.
On Valentine's day, the thoughts of love and happiness well up in our thoughts at once. All the hopes and dreams that lie dormant, all the love and warmth we keep hidden for special times and special people will pour out in a starburst of happiness.
We make this journey every year, and somehow despite the usual elements outside around this time, we gain an uplifting spirit that makes us cling warmly to life and seek out more.
This upper air map shows (1) there is no strong heatwave ridge over the Midwest or Northeast any more and (2) a broad trough populated with smaller disturbances will move from the Mississippi Valley to the Appalachians by Sunday.
On this satellite picture, we see the plume of moisture advancing northeastward from the Ohio Valley.
In this picture, the sun had set as seen from the ground. However, sunlight was able to light up the clouds from below to create this look outside my home:
Now, drier air has arrived, and most of the Northeast will have abundant sunshine today and tomorrow.
A front that will usher in slightly less humid air for the Northeast tomorrow will trigger locally strong thunderstorms today.
Thunderstorms will continue to erupt near the northern edge of the heatwave, enhanced by a series of disturbances rippling along in the upper air flow. This is the NWS Storm Prediction Center's severe thunderstorm outlook for today