The breezy and mild conditions on Monday came as a welcome reprieve to the cold winds that have blown across our area for much of the winter. The strong blocking mechanism near Greenland up into the North Pole finally shifted allowing much warmer air to move into our area. When a major high pressure ridge forms near the Pole, (called a block) it forces cold air southward into the eastern United States. The block shifted away from the Pole in late January and now warmer air is flooding into much of the area. We can expect generally above normal temperatures for the next week to 10 days as there is little evidence the block will come back this month. Many folks would say its about time it warmed up. I'll give a complete update on our meteorological winter after it ends on February 28.