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Unseasonably Mild, then... Persistently Cold?

January 8, 2013; 7:19 AM ET

Tuesday 9 a.m.

As winds aloft become southwesterly, mild, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico will spread all the way up the East coast. This weekend, temperatures can climb well into the 60s in Washington, D.C., and past 50 degrees in Boston. It will also be milder than average across most of the Great Lakes region through the start of the weekend.

After the mild spell, both the GFS (U.S. model) and ECMWF (European Model) show cold air advancing east and south. There are differences between the models as to how quickly and how far the first surge of cold air will advance. However, both suggest that once cold air takes over, it may be persistent. For example, the GFS ensemble mean (the model is run multiple times, then averaged) predicts that once it goes below freezing next week, it stays below freezing day and night for at least a week (the model runs out to 16 days). The video has more.

Regardless of when or how cold it gets, our dog Sam looks like he is ready. Very soon, Sam will complete his twelfth year as part of our family. As an American Eskimo dog, I suspect he naturally likes rolling around in the snow. He really liked the deep snow we had in the yard last week, so I patiently watched him play (even though I was getting cold). If you've had a beloved pet for a long time, I suspect you have shared the feelings I had watching Sam in the snow... that one of these days....

It was nice seeing Sam the Dog looking contented like he did a few years ago on a summer day...

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Elliot Abrams
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