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Serene Skies

The expected quiet weather in Lancaster didn’t disappoint, with some pleasant daytime highs, but a bit chillier Friday morning as high pressure ruled the region. The mostly sunny skies led to the NWS nabbing the top spot.

Thursday: High 57, Low 34.
Friday: High 62, Low 28.
Forecast Grade: A

Active Coasts, Central Reprieve

After the historic low pressure system in the Upper Midwest a couple weeks ago and the persistent rains from a slow-moving low pressure system along the Gulf Coast region last week, the Central US is enjoying a bout of pretty quiet weather right now as massive high pressure from the Southern US to the Northeast is keeping the area high and dry, and quite chilly as well. Freeze warnings were pretty widespread over eastern sections of the country as the first strong push of lows in the 20s plowed into the TN Valley and the Southern Appalachians, which also brought a few inches of snow to the higher elevations of the Smoky Mountains in the last 48 hours. Most of the country between the Rockies and the Appalachians should be dry through Monday.
The coasts, however, are not as lucky. A strong trough of low pressure is digging into the Western US, with a strong cold front expected to bully its’ way through the West Coast. Portions of the Sierra Nevada are in Winter Storm Warnings as 18-24″ of the white stuff are expected through the end of the day Sunday. Portions of the Northern Rockies look to get a few inches themselves Sunday night into Monday. On the other side of the country, an area of low pressure is expected to develop off the New England coast Sunday afternoon and push over the region overnight into Monday, bringing plentiful rains of upwards of 1-1.50″ in areas possibly. More proof that Mother Nature is quickly switching into winter mode, something I’m sure some of our readers wish would stay away for just a bit longer.

Cleveland, Tennessee to Chicago, Illinois

From the Southern Appalachians to shore of Lake Michigan, this trip will cover 625 miles. We’ll split it up into 2 days and give you a bit of an overnight rest in Indianapolis. Away we go!

DAY ONE

As we travel northward to Knoxville then onwards to Lexington, clear skies and calm winds greet us as high pressure looks to take hold over much of the Mid MS Valley and OH Valley. It’ll be more of the same as we make our way past Cincinnati to Indianapolis, our stop for the night.

DAY TWO

Nothing much else to speak of today either, as high pressure over the region will keep the trip from Indianapolis to Chicago dry and only seeing a few high clouds. Time to put on the sunglasses and visit Navy Pier!

Wet but Warmer

A strong cold front made its’ way through New England yesterday, dropping some heavier rains on Springfield, MA as it slowly lurched through the area. Nearly an inch of rain fell on the city yesterday as the heavier stuff moved through in the afternoon hours. Low temperatures stayed relatively warm both days, however, which helped propel TWC to the top forecast.

Tuesday: Trace of precip in drizzle. High 77, Low 60.
Wednesday: 0.92″ in heavy rains. High 72, Low 60.
Forecast Grade: C

Chicago, Illinois

After seemingly only forecasting for CA cities, I get to forecast for one of my favorite cities in the country, Chicago! Having grown up in sort-of nearby Rochelle, IL, Chicago has always been a favorite of mine, and owns all of my sports allegiances. Hopefully I have more success in this forecast than the Bears did against DeAngelo Hall this past weekend. Oh, burn!

At 2:51pm CDT, the temperature at Chicago O’Hare International Airport was 44 degrees under overcast skies. Chicago is finally settling down from the giant record-setting low-pressure system that plowed through the Central US a couple days ago, as well as pushing a swath of severe weather from the Central Great Lakes down into the TN Valley. The “Chiclone” as it was dubbed, or to steal jargon from last years’ blizzards, “Windpocalypse”, wound up becoming the strongest non-tropical low pressure system ever recorded on land in the United States, bottoming out at 28.21″ in Bigfork, MN. Always fun to see an all-time weather record fall! So why am I talking about the weather Chicago and the rest of the Upper Midwest has gone through in the last couple of days instead of what’s about to happen as we move into the weekend? Well, because with high pressure moving in behind this system, Chi-town will be bathed in sunlight and dry conditions. So, the fine residents of the city can get out and enjoy some pleasant weather and ponder if the Bears will get an offensive line, if the Blackhawks can repeat, or how long one can sit in traffic on Lake Shore Drive!

Friday: Mostly sunny. High 50, Low 33.
Saturday: Continued sunny. High 58, Low 38.

TWC: Friday: Sunny, High 54, Low 31.
Saturday: Partly cloudy. High 62. Low 39.

AW: Friday: Sunshine, poor hunting conditions (um, come again?) High 51, Low 30.
Saturday: Sunny. High 59, Low 37.

NWS: Friday: Clearing and sunny. High 51, Low 31.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 61, Low 39

WB: Friday: Mostly sunny. High 49, Low 32.
Saturday: Partly cloudy. High 59, Low 40.

Here we see the overcast skies still lingering over Illinois. They’ll break up for tomorrow though, and the sun will get to play for a few days

Sunshine State Fulfills

Normally, scattered showers and thunderstorms are the daily norm for Florida, being nearly surrounded by water and all. However, lovely weather prevailed over Punta Gorda as the work week started, with nary a drop to be had. Victoria Weather took home the top forecast.

Sunday: High 84, Low 55.
Monday: High 82, low 59.
Forecast grade: B

Redding, California

Behold, as once again I do a forecast for a California town! However, this one is not along the coast or in Southern CA, so a bit of a treat! Will the weather be a treat as well, or will it trick us with some midweek gloom?

At 6:53pm PDT, the temperature at Redding, CA was 78 degrees under fair skies. High pressure has taken hold over Pacific Northwest and the Northern Rockies, with the southern extend of the high holding firm over Northern CA. Redding is found at the very northern edge of CA’s Central Valley before you get into the more mountainous terrain of far northern CA, so warm temperatures are still commonplace later in the fall season. An upper level low has been camping out over Southern CA making it rainy for LA and San Diego, but is far enough south that only some weak cloud layers have managed to venture over Redding the last couple of days. With high pressure continuing to deflect any systems up into Canada, Redding should continue their streak of pleasant weather into midweek.

Tuesday: Sunny. High 85, Low 52.
Wednesday: More sun. High 81, Low 49.

TWC: Tuesday: Sunny. High 88, Low 55.
Wednesday: Sunny. High 85, Low 53.

AW: Tuesday: Sunny. High 84, Low 46.
Wednesday: More sun, morning low breaking 1996 record of 40. High 80, Low 39.

NWS: Tuesday: Sunny. High 86, Low 55.
Wednesday: Continued sunny. High 82, Low 56.

WB: Tuesday: Sunny. High 84, Low 54.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 81, Low 50.

There’s going out on a limb, and going WAY out on a limb, as Accuweather is forecasting a Wednesday morning low 10-15 colder than everybody else and breaking the record. Well, no guts no glory right? Here we see the relatively benign conditions over northern CA.

Israel

Today we get to profile a country we hear very often in the news, but never for meteorological reasons. Let’s change that today! Israel is a small country located on the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea and boasts one of the highest life expectancies in the world. Despite its’ small size, the geography of the country varies greatly, from the desert in the south to mountain ranges in the north. Also, Israel is home to the Dead Sea, which boasts the lowest above ground point on Earth at 1,385 feet below sea level. Naturally, Israel has a Mediterranean climate, which has long, hot, dry summers and short, cool, rainy winters. Most of this rain falls along the coastal lowlands and the mountains in the north, with miniscule amounts dropping in the southern deserts.
The aptly named Israel Meteorological Service is the nation’s governing weather body, and has a pretty good website. Once changing it to English, it’s fairly easy to navigate, finding satellite loops and forecast tabs. Also, is a list of hourly observations for the last 24 hours for nearly 2 dozen cities across the country. A climatology page is also found for a few main cities for a wide range of elements. All-in-all, an informative site that should supply you with all you need to know about your impending vacation!

What A Difference A Year Makes

Lately the country has been in an overall stagnant pattern, with much of the activity being deflected up into Canada as strong high pressure took hold over much of the Eastern and Central US. That’s given way over the last couple days as a cutoff low pressure system has been very slowly making its way over the Southern Plains to the Lower MS River Valley kicking up some thunderstorm activity over the region. Here in the Upper Midwest, we’ve been enjoying some very warm weather over the last few days. Yesterday, Minneapolis notched exactly 80 degrees, the 4th consecutive day we hit that here in the Twin Cities. What’s more impressive, is that our September only cracked 80 once (on the 20th). Last year, on this date, Minneapolis was experiencing it’s 1st significant snowfall of the season (2.5″) on the only day of the month where we didn’t make it to at least 40 degrees, topping out at a chilly 36. In fact, only 3 days in October 2009 did MSP hit 60 or higher. So, far, only 2 of the 12 days HAVEN’T hit 60 degrees. What will October 2011 bring for us? Hmmm, perhaps we should worry about the rest of this month first.

Gorgeous Start

Typically scattered showers and thunderstorms dot the Gulf of Mexico region on a daily basis. However, a strong area of high pressure has kept the entire region dry as a bone. Houston was no exception, as a couple of warm sunny days were met as we kicked off the week. Victoria-Weather brought home the top spot.

Monday: High 77, Low 53.
Tuesday: High 79, Low 49.
Forecast grade: B