Good morning bloggers,
A major northeastern storm is developing today. And, two more storm systems will have to be watched for our area as well as we move through the weekend into next week. Here is what we can expect in the next few days:
- Expect cloud cover to stick around for most of today with light winds
- The wind will increase to 30 mph or stronger from the south on Saturday
- One band of showers and thunderstorms is likely going to move across late Saturday night into Sunday
- A second storm, on Monday, will bring a threat of snow to the area. This one has to be watched closely but right now it is targeting areas to the south
You can see the thick cloud cover, that is rather extensive, by looking at the dark color on this interesting satellite picture. The chance of sunshine is low until the very end of the day:
Light winds switching to the east and southeast today and tonight will likely keep these clouds around for a while.
I am just getting started….check back in after the new data comes out later this morning for more details and the finished blog entry….
This map, below, is one I posted on the December 21st blog entry to show how the storm moving into the northeast a few days before Christmas was related to Super-Storm Sandy. This map shows Hurricane Sandy looming off the New Jersey shore. Conditions became favorable for the hurricane to turn hard left and slam into the coast and it became part of a bigger storm system that we now call Super-Storm Sandy:
This second map is the surface forecast valid tonight at 7 PM central time. We have been forecasting this part of the weather pattern to return for 102 days now, since Sandy hit the Jersey shore. And, it is happening again. It is one of a series of four storm (go to the Weather 2020 Blog for more information on this part of the pattern) systems that affect this part of the country in each cycle every 50 to 55 days or so. It isn’t just a coincidence that this storm system looks very similar to Sandy. But, this one is the first in the series, where as Sandy was part of the second storm in the series in the LRC 2012-2013 cycle:
While this storm produces blizzard conditions over parts of the northeast, two more storm systems are heading our way and we have to pay close attention to them. The first one will bring Kansas City a chance of showers and thunderstorms and a lot of wind over the weekend. And, the second storm is falling into place for early next week. This second storm is similar to one that drove meteorologists in Oklahoma crazy trying to forecast snow right before Christmas.
I am still analyzing and writing………check back in later this morning.
Thank you for spending a few minutes of your day reading the Action Weather Blog. We will have in-depth weathercasts on 41 Action News through the weekend as this more active part of the pattern continues.