Winds Of Spring

The breezy and mild conditions on Monday made it feel like spring had arrived.

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.

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  • by Brandon Location: ENC on Feb 18, 2011 at 09:08 AM
    Hey Guys, I highly advise you all to keep the winter jackets out. I thought the cold air would be gone for good but we are not done yet. From now through the end of February it looks like we will be near normal r above normal. However, there is so much cold in Canada it is inevitably going to flood back in. Around March 1, it looks like a progressive block will set up again. This means the cold air will bleed back in and will not be locked in for weeks, but a couple of days at a time. We must also watc for an active southern branch. March looks to be a battle month, but lots could change. My forecast for March is less than confident. Stay Tuned!

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