Monday, January 28, 2013
From winter to soaking rain to winter in a few days time. A wild ride of weather ahead this week!
Simply put, this week's weather will have us on a bit of a roller coaster. The recent spell of cold eases out for a couple of days before a second round of cold air pushes in after a soaking rain on Wednesday afternoon and evening. We go from winter to soaker to winter within the course of a week. At least you can't argue that the weather pattern ahead is boring! Monday's precipitation plethora is due to warm air pushing in aloft over the cold air in place at the surface. Temperatures will be slower to warm above freezing the farther north and west you are from the city, with the result being some periods of freezing rain or freezing drizzle that could lead to slippery travel for a time during the morning and early afternoon before …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Winter conditions and freezing temperatures are expected through to next week in our area.
According to a release issued by Montgomery County, the Code Blue severe weather warning issued last week will continue from 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23 through 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 28. A Code Blue Cold Weather declaration is made in Montgomery County when winter conditions pose a threat of serious harm or death to individuals without shelter. A Code Blue indicates a combination of air temperature and wind chill is anticipated to be 20ºF or less. For more information and general cold weather information, check the Montgomery County Health Department website.
Monday, January 14, 2013
After flirting with March-like temperatures, we're going to return to winter around the Delaware Valley, with colder temperatures lurking down the line.
Reality in January isn't temperatures in the 50s or even 60s. "Normal" is highs in the 30s to around 40, which is the air that's more likely in our cards over the coming days. A cold front slides on through during the course of Monday and begins the downward descent in temperatures, with our temperatures dropping from the upper half of the 50s on Monday morning to lower 30s around the region by Tuesday morning. Along with the frontal passage, a wave of energy will push northeast along the front and spread light rain and, perhaps, some light snow along with it. Given the push of the front southeast through the region, the shield of light rain and snow may miss the northwest 'burbs of Philadelphia but be better confined to South Jersey and …
Saturday, January 12, 2013
There's a lot to love about winter, even if you're more a summer fan.
I love winter. All of it. The cold, the outdoor activities, the hunkering down. I even love the snow. But I know winter isn't everyone's favorite season. Some people just survive the cold-weather months. Loving them isn't even a pipe dream. Wherever you fall on the winter-loving spectrum, here are some great tips to help you weather the 67 days until the first day of spring (March 20). Wet boots solution - Fill a large baking tray or serving tray with pebbles or river rocks. You may be able to collect your own, or find the rocks at a craft store or dollar store. Put your wet shoes and boots on the tray, and the liquid and dirt will fall down through the stones, where the water will evaporate. Note: The tray should be cleaned now and again…
Monday, January 7, 2013
The coming week's weather looks milder around the region. Seasonably cold weather may return by the end of the month.
January hasn't really started on that cold of a note. Temperatures so far this month are running near average as our "cold snap" has been really full of typical January type weather. That pattern will relax as we work through the course of the coming week, with typical January weather thawing out as the week progresses. The nation will be pretty mild overall for much of the week, only cooling down late this week in the Pacific Northwest as a push of cold comes in from Canada. However, our region starts near normal on temperatures and will warm progressively each day, pushing 50 on Wednesday and then probably 50 again by Friday if not Saturday. Thursday may be a notch cooler if only because of the prospect of additional clouds around the …
Sunday, December 23, 2012
After one of the warmest December's on record, the year closes out on a colder and perhaps wintry note.
The cold front that crossed our region on Friday morning brought a merciful end to one of the warmer stretches of December on record for Philly. The first three weeks of this month have been the warmest we've seen since 2001, which was a winter that we can largely care to forget. The good news for cold and snow lovers is that the upcoming week of weather will feature a couple of snow chances and perhaps the region's first Christmas snowfall in a while. Temperatures will also be much more typical for late December although the cold will not be record shattering or even arctic-like in nature. Instead of 50s and 60s, highs will be in the 30s and 40s for the next week. The first of two potential snow events will be on Christmas Eve – this is a…
Monday, December 17, 2012
A December to forget for snow lovers continues with a generally rainy and mild week of weather ahead.
The coming week will be mild, snowless and with a few shots of rainfall. There are no signs of Arctic-like cold on the horizon but the weekend will be colder than what we'll experience for much of the week. A stormier pattern will rule the roost overall but with the jet stream generally pushing storm systems through at a quick pace, these storms won't have time to organize, strengthen or set up a more favorable pattern for snow lovers in their wake. The coldest air is currently locked over Northwest Canada and Alaska and is likely to stay there for rest of December, although occasional glances of colder air will push down. This weekend will be one of those glances. Rain is possible later Monday into early Tuesday with the next of these …
Monday, December 10, 2012
After 60s for many of us on Monday, we cool off to more typical December weather for the balance of the week.
December has definitely started on a different note than November. Temperatures so far are running several degrees above average and Arctic-type cold is in short supply, confined to Europe and Alaska. It will generally stay there and not impact us over the next week, perhaps longer. This week's weather features a very mild Monday, a mild end of the week, and a typical December pattern in between. Monday's weather features temperatures in the 60s, a mild breeze and some showers or a period of rain in the afternoon through the evening hours as a cold front moves through. There could even be a rare rumble of December thunder with that cold front as it comes through the region. After that front, 40s for highs and lows around freezing will be …
Monday, December 3, 2012
For those who loathe the cold – how does 65 degrees sound on Tuesday?
December's first week will feature generally mild weather. The cold trough that dominated much of November, bringing us our first month of below-average temperatures since last August, has been replaced with a more zonal pattern in the atmosphere. This is allowing temperatures to moderate quite a bit through Wednesday and still remain close to normal through the end of the week as the cold air core entrenches over the Yukon and Alaska this week. Don't get too giddy with hopes for warmth all winter. We will trend colder, likely next week, but for those who thought the November chill was insufferable, the following week provides a bit of a breather in the pattern. The warmest of the days this week will be Tuesday, with highs that flirt with …
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Make your own beautiful holiday wreath.
Even during the holiday season, first impressions are important. And since the front door is usually the first thing guests will see when they enter your home, it's a place most people adorn with an elaborate wreath they probably paid an arm and a leg for. Sure, you could spend said appendages for a wreath of your own. Craft stores and home improvement warehouses have plenty of fresh and faux pre-finished holiday wreaths for $50 or more. Some of these projects are so easy a third-grader could do them. I know, because one of them, the plastic bag wreath, I actually made in third grade. It took my little 8-year-old hands weeks to do it, but I did it! What's currently on my front door is a beautiful length of twisted grapevine, cut from my …