Winter Is Here
31 December 2020
This is the first forecast for the new year! We will have cold weather in January, colder weather in February and March, and a good thaw in April, along with our annual spring flooding. There will be fields of blooms in the spring followed by plenty of mosquitos, flies, and heat throughout the summer. Autumn will be warm enough that winter will not come fast enough. 2021looks to be one of the hottest years on record as geologically rapid earth systems change becomes easier to recognize locally. Expect extreme temperature shifts over short periods of time, more intense storms with less intermediate precipitation, less ground water saturation, and increased local temperature averages. This is going to be a very warm year.
This week we got several inches of snow and a fair amount of ice. Next week, we can expect much of the snow to be blowing around and it will be cold. Daytime will be bright and mostly sunny with moderate winds and a low chance of precipitation. There will be some serious snow to our south and our east. We were on the northwest edge of the winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service on Tuesday. Northwest winds on Friday will be give way to western winds through the night before a shift from the south on Saturday afternoon. There will likely be a sudden westerly shift after dark on Sunday; it is the type of directional and temperature shift that often causes heavy straight-line winds through the valleys.
There is a new extreme low-pressure system that has formed in the Bering Sea that will have a significant impact on local weather for weeks to come; interestingly, this system is balancing out the low-pressure system that we have followed that is now to our south east. It is sucking moisture from the storm systems that are currently along the Gulf coast and dumping snow across much of middle America and the east coast. The jet stream is still moving from northern Canada, down the Missouri River Valley, and towards the Great Lakes; this will produce severe winter conditions across much of the eastern United States. The “river” of warm-is air coming out of the American southwest that was with us for weeks will return because of the new Bering-Sea low-pressure system. Until then, we are in the midst of an arctic blast.
There is still a fire alert from the National Weather Service fire-risk level remains, “Very High.” High winds add to the threat.
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