🌞 Clocks & weather spring forward
I have some good news for winter-weary Hudson Valley residents: Mother Nature is turning over a new leaf this week and will offer some milder, sunnier weather 😁
🕰️ The clocks have sprung forward and so will the weather!
You probably won’t hear from me again until next Sunday, which means that the weather won’t be too disruptive this week 👍
Considering we’re oh-so-close to calling this snow season finished, I’ve crunched the numbers on total accumulation, as shown in the map below.
The region has generally received 20-30 inches, about 10 inches below normal depending on the location. While snowfall has been 70-75% of normal, the difference was made up in ice, with a major sleet and freezing event each accounting for significant winter weather.
All up, it wasn’t a record-breaking winter, but not a slouch either!
For the week ahead, the average high temperature ranges from 46 at the start of the week to 48 at the end. We’ll be above average for the duration, highlighted by a particularly warm day on Friday 🌡️
Monday will be a pick weather day, much milder than today and with a good deal of sunshine. Tuesday will be warmer yet before a weak front passes at night, giving way to more high pressure and pleasant weather on Wednesday. On Thursday, a low pressure system will pass near the Mid-Atlantic coast, either being a near-miss or just clipping the Hudson Valley with a bit of rain. This will determine how warm it gets.
On Friday, a bubble of warm, Pacific air will be overtop the region, bringing warm temperatures in the 60s to possibly near 70 😎
The fun won’t last, with another storm system moving toward the region from the south on Saturday. There’s a chance for some rain on the first day of the weekend 🤷♂️, though details are far from set in stone.
At this point, Sunday looks like the better weekend day, but keep an eye on the forecast through the week for any changes.
More mild weather looks likely to start the week of the 21st. I think there may be one last chance for some colder temperatures at the tail end of March ~ a lot needs to go right (or wrong!) for it to turn into disruptive wintry weather.
Daylength is now increasing by nearly 3 minutes a day and soon, crystal clear conditions will grace the Hudson River valley as it accelerates toward the warmer time of the year.
The picture below was snapped above Lake Hawea on a sunny summer day in New Zealand’s South Island 🛩️
Your time is coming, Hudson Valley! ☀️