It has been a long, cold winter in the Harrisburg, Pa., area, and another cold blast is on the way.
Temperatures since December have averaged 4.2 degrees below normal around Harrisburg. During the past several months, more than the average amount of snow has fallen with 42.9 inches of snow so far, compared to a normal to date of 29.3 inches.
Moving forward after a mild start to spring, the weather will offer more setbacks for folks wanting warmth and to end their relationship with winter gear.
While the cold waters of the Atlantic tend to slow the progression of seasons around the area, the spring warmup is likely to be delayed a bit more by persistent outbreaks of air from Canada.
One such cold blast will hold temperatures on Sunday to the middle 40s, followed by highs only in the middle 30s for Monday.
Another storm is being watched for possible snow across the Northeast by midweek.
Current indications point toward Harrisburg escaping the worst of the storm, which could evolve into a blizzard across eastern New England. The city, however, may not escape some snow on Tuesday.
The chilliest air of the season so far will settle over much of the Northeast Thursday into Friday and will bring frost to a large area.
Tropical moisture from the approaching Odile will deliver another round of heavy rain and flooding downpours to the interior Southwest by the middle of this week.
The remnants of Odile have the potential to bring heavy rain and flooding to parts of the Plains and Midwest late this week after hitting the Southwest.
On Tuesday, Edouard became the first major hurricane in the Atlantic since Sandy. While the hurricane remains at sea, rough surf will reach some Atlantic coast beaches.
A raging wildfire, which erupted Monday afternoon, has damaged or destroyed more than 100 structures and has forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents in Northern California, near Weed.
On Sunday night, a fiery ball of light ignited across the darkened skies of the northeastern United States, illuminating the heavens in a momentary flash of eerie daylight.
Gulf of Mexico (1988)
Hurricane Gilbert has travelled 2,050 miles since becoming a hurricane on Sept. 11. The storm was centered 130 miles south of Brownsville, TX, just 40 miles off the Mexican coast. Central pressure was 948 MB (27.99 inches), sustained winds of 120 mph and was tracking to the west at 12 mph. The storm came ashore at Tamaulipas, Mexico, during the evening.
At 6:00 p.m. EDT, Hurricane Hugo was located approximately 400 miles east-southeast of San Juan, P.R. With maximum sustained winds of 140 mph, Hugo was moving west-northwest at 12 mph.
Eastern US (1999)
Hurricane Floyd moves up east Coast. Storm surge at Wilmington, NC measured 10.3 feet. Winds gusted to 80 mph at Atlantic Beach, NC 14" of rain fell over a 2 day period in Chestertown, MD. 6.98" fell over a 2 day period in Philadelphia, PA.