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Update #429

It is certainly unusual to have a winter week with so little weather to talk about, but here we are.

High pressure will bring generally good early week conditions before a moisture-starved system passes on Friday-Saturday.

Monday will be seasonably cold but dry — the average high temperature through mid January is 34 degrees, the lowest of the entire year.

Temperatures will increase a bit on Tuesday as the wind direction shifts from northwest to west-southwest. Wednesday and Thursday look milder yet, bringing good conditions for exercising outdoors.

Low pressure will likely form in the Great Lakes on Friday, tracking eastward on Saturday. At this point, it doesn’t look like the system will have much moisture to work with, but I’d say there’s at least a chance for some precipitation on Saturday with a low risk for coastal storm development. Regardless, it does look like it will turn breezy as the feature moves away.

A settled Sunday is favored at this point.

Late January pattern

Have you heard whispers of a late-month wintry blast? While the prevailing weather pattern does look to turn more favorable toward snow late in the month, whether the storminess focuses over the Northeast or farther west or even south remains a question mark.

Nevertheless, our chances for wintry weather will probably be on the rise from the week of the 18th onward.

It is impossible to pinpoint exactly what days will be unsettled, but it is possible to recognize that the general weather pattern is likely to turn less settled.

A trough of low pressure (blue) in the upper atmosphere is expected to settle over the east-central U.S. in mid-to-late January, increasing the odds for winter storms

On an international scale, 2020 finished as the Earth’s equal warmest year on record, tying 2016.

About 88% of the globe experienced an annual temperature that was above the long-term (1981-2010) average (areas shaded in red).

While a few degrees of warming in the Hudson Valley over the last century may not seem like much, certain parts of the world are warming at a much quicker pace, such as the North Pole. This is leading to sharp declines in sea ice, which has extensive impacts on a global scale.

For the inhabitants of the planet in 2120, a century from now, the year 2020 would have likely been “cool” in comparison.

Enjoy your week and this pastel sunset from New Zealand ✌️

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