If you missed the opportunity to hang holiday lights or just enjoy the recent warm spell, Mother Nature will bring another opportunity this weekend into next week. The temperature roller coaster will continue into week two of December.
Colder, more seasonable air moving into the East during Wednesday into Thursday will retreat Saturday into Monday. While it may not seem like July in December, it will feel more like October or April. Temperatures will trend back to 10 to 20 degrees above normal during the period. It could get warm enough for short sleeves again in some areas with temperatures rebounding into the 50s and 60s.
While the temperature rebound will have a little easier time moving into southern New England, it may not what meteorologists call a clean warmup from the Ohio Valley to the interior Northeast. There is a risk of clouds and areas of rain during part of the warmup from near the Ohio River to the Mason-Dixon line on north. Well north, near the Canada border, there could even be a dash of snow and ice. South of Pennsylvania, some areas could again flirt with the 70-degree mark for a day or two.
However, if you don't mind getting a little wet, this next warmup may be your chance to hang lights or hunt down your Christmas tree. The clock is ticking for additional swings of warmth for the remainder of the month. Indications are that the weather will turn somewhat colder during the middle of the second week of December. For winter weather enthusiasts and related industries, the pattern would favor opportunities for snow during the second half of the month. The transition toward colder weather could lead to a round of severe weather over parts of the Central and Eastern states during the first part of the week.
Depending on the track of a storm early next week, there is the risk of a round of severe weather reaching parts of the East with early timing estimates slated for Monday afternoon into early Tuesday.
A developing tropical storm, moving just north of the large islands of the Caribbean, will take aim at the Bahamas and southern Florida into this weekend.
Regions dealing with Zika-carrying mosquitoes could have another threat to monitor as tropical activity picks up this season.
Following a tropical storm threat in the Bahamas and Florida into this weekend, an uptick in tropical systems will continue for the next six to eight weeks.
On the heels of deadly Typhoon Mindulle, Japan is bracing for another threat from Typhoon Lionrock next week.
A deadly earthquake struck central Italy at 3:36 a.m. local time on Wednesday with tremors felt as far away as the capital city of Rome.
Stargazers will want to dig out their binoculars and telescopes this weekend as Venus and Jupiter shine so close that they appear as one large, bright star in the evening sky.
Kiana, AK (1976)
A weak tornado occurred, about 2.9 miles north of the Arctic Circle.
Elizabeth, PA (1979)
A heavy thunderstorm at Elizabeth, PA, 20 miles SE of Pittsburgh, tore the roof off an apartment building and downed about 100 trees. Trees were also knocked over at McKeesport, PA.
Dearborn Co., IN (1864)
A railroad train on a Cincinnati to Chicago run lost a right of way meeting with a tornado. Accident occurred in Dearborn Co., SE IN, 15 miles from Laurenceburg at 5:45 PM. Train lifted off track - over 30 persons injured.