Weather Report by John McGinley

This Week’s Weather

2014 Starts With Some Snow
By John McGinley
We have gone through the first week of 2014 and had a good mix of weather with super cold, snow, wind, and warmth. We started out with moderate temperatures and some light snow that turned heavy on Saturday with the arrival of more arctic air. The high Sunday was only 7F (low was -2F). Winds cranked up Sunday night ushering in a big war m up. The unconsolidated snow drifted significantly in 70mph gusts early on Monday.( I had 2 foot drifts over my driveway).  But the good news was that the high reached near 40F on Tuesday. December ended up colder than normal with temperatures (averages: 30F high and 16F low) two degrees below normal. It was drier than normal with only 11inches of snow (normal is 18 inches).  If you thought it was windy, it was with 17 days over 40mph and 6 days over 60mph.
Day    Date        High    Low    Precip         Comments
Wed     Jan  1        30    20    0.6S/ 0.07L    Gusts to 54mph
Thu      Jan  2        37    22            Gusts to 47mph
Fri    Jan  3        41    32    Trace S    Gusts to 60mph
Sat    Jan  4        34     3    7.3S/ 0.53L
Sun      Jan  5         7    -2            Gusts to 44mph
Mon    Jan  6        24     4            Gusts to 71mph
Tues    Jan  7        39    24    0.3S/ 0.01L    Gusts to 46mph
End-of-week snow on ground: 5 inches
Big story this coming week will be the winds. We won’t see a major snow but we’ll have snow flurries/ showers on a number of days. The temperatures will be on a roller coaster with highs in the 30s and 20s with coldest lows in the teens.
Thursday-Jan 9: Partly cloudy with flurries with winds. Highs in the mid 30s with lows in the upper teens.
Friday-Jan 10: Partly cloudy and cooler with highs in the upper 20s with lows in the upper teens. Gusty winds in the morning.
Saturday-Jan 11: A big warm up with highs in the upper 30s with lows in the low 20s. Gusty winds. Flurries late.
Sunday-Jan 12: Snow showers with possible measurable snow. Gusty winds and cooler with highs in the mid 20s with lows in the teens.
Monday-Jan 13: Fair and extremely windy. High in the 30s with lows in the 20s.
Tuesday-Jan 14: Winds ending with partly cloudy skies. Highs in the upper 20s with lows in the upper teens.
Wednesday-Jan 15: Fair and warmer with highs at 40, lows in the 20s.