This Week’s Weather
Wild Winds Close Out 2011
By John McGinley
Warmer, drier air moved in over the area and with it pressures fell to our east and created very strong gusty winds nearly every day. With it flurries were common but no snow accumulation resulted. Peak wind for the week was 77mph. Temperatures were warm with highs reaching the mid 40s on a number of days. This was generally a dry week but December 2011 overall was snowier than normal with 32 inches, a foot above normal. This melted out to 1.45 inches of liquid. The average high was a chilly 32 degrees with an average low of 16F. This resulted in a December a half a degree cooler than normal. We had 11 windy days and believe it or not this was below the average of 14 windy days.
Overall the Year 2011 was a warmer and wetter year than is typical…only a half a degree above normal but there was 7 inches more precipitation than the 20 inches we normally get. Snow totaled 167 inches, above normal.
Day Date High Low Precip Comments
Wed Dec 28 38 26 trace S Gusts to 77mph
Thu Dec 29 41 31 trace S Gusts to 63mph
Fri Dec 30 44 31 trace S Gusts to 69mph
Sat Dec 31 44 18 trace S Gusts to 50mph
Sun Jan 1 38 22 Gusts to 49mph
Mon Jan 2 44 23 What? No winds?!
Tue Jan 3 44 30 Gusts to 49mph
End-of-week snow on ground: 7 inches
More winds and dry conditions will start the week. Temperatures will be a bit above normal. The weekend looks windy with temperatures cooling a bit. It’s along way off but it looks like we’ll get a major arctic outbreak with significant snow late on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Thursday: Partly cloudy and windy with highs in the low 40s after lows near 30.
Friday: A weak front will drop highs back into the upper 30s with lows in the upper teens. A few flurries possible late.
Saturday: Cloudy with flurries highs in the mid 30s with lows in the mid 20s. Gusty winds.
Sunday: Partly cloudy and cool with highs in the low 30s with lows near 20.
Monday: Fair and mild with highs near 40 with lows in the low 20s.
Tuesday: Increasing clouds and very windy with highs in the low 40s. A strong front will move through late night with light snow and rapidly falling temperatures….near 15 by midnight.
Wednesday: Cloudy and cold with moderate snow. High 15 falling to near zero late. Keep monitoring the media for this storm. It’s a long way off but could be significant.