After More Record Warmth, Cooler–but not Cool–Pattern Will Arrive On Schedule

March 19th, 2012 at 1:48 pm by under 4 Warn Weather

The warm 500 mb ridge will be peaking in our region on Wednesday this week. The work week will stay unseasonably warm, with a few degrees cooling arriving on Friday, and a little more over the weekend with some unsettled conditions at that time. But as implied in the headline, Cooler is the word–not Cool, by climatological standards. Still after the amazing warm spell we’ll be continuing to experience, Monday’s probable highs in the 50s may SEEM cool to many. Not much has changed in the extended range since a week ago today, which reflects the high confidence we had in the extent of this warm spell’s persistence and strength. The Ensemble Means still show flattening of this amazing ridge by the weekend, and maybe a little more retrograding of the ridge by early April. But there are no apparent signs of any shots of below average temperatures.

176 Responses to “After More Record Warmth, Cooler–but not Cool–Pattern Will Arrive On Schedule”

  1. Don Paul says:

    For the record, Steve, no one here has said what it is or isn’t. I have said what it can’t do, and that is control weather on a large scale. I wouldn’t doubt the army would like to be able to produce localized weather control on a battlefield, which might alter the outcome of an operation.

    The day may come in the more distant future where some broader aspects of weather can be actively enhanced or weakened. That time is not now.

  2. C from P says:

    Temp dropped to 29°F early this morning. The breeze kept the frost away. Unfortunately it doesn’t appear as though we’ll luck out in the same way tomorrow morning.

  3. Dave from Roc says:

    Looks like we’re not alone in this widespread freeze threat. Freeze Watches are issued as far south as the Baltimore / Washington DC area. And I hope last night’s run of the Euro is an outlier, since it has repeated shots of very chilly air coming at us after this current one. I don’t know how the farmers do it every year. Seems if it’s not one thing, it’s another.

  4. C from P says:

    Hopefully the mosquitoes started laying eggs because the upcoming frost/freeze could wipe out a lot of them. Just trying to see the gl@ss half full.


  5. Dave from Roc says:

    Here’s an interesting NASA article on how the recent solar activity heated up the earth’s upper atmosphere:

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