Stuck in A Moment
Posted by Pete Bouchard
Well, we're two days into solar summer, and we have yet to see any bold sunshine.
Wait, what? Solar summer? When did that start? And what does it mean?
Simply put, it's the three months (May, June, July) where the days are longest and the sun angle highest in the sky. It's a solar milestone, not a climatological one.
Doesn't mean squat, however, for the pattern we're in. Solar summer or not, we're still in a blocking pattern and the jetstream is being rerouted smack dab over New England. This rerouted jetstream means we're litterally at the fork in the road. Storms go north, or they go south; and all the while we are on the cool side of this fork. We missed the warmth by about 300-400 miles!
Many are ready to stick a fork in this pattern. Already the emails, tweets and posts are wondering about the coming summer: are we heading for a cool, rainy season?
Hold on, pardner. There's plenty of May ahead to work out the kinks. While I do see this pattern holding on until the middle of the month (not constant clouds/rain, but a tendancy toward more wet weather than dry), there are signs it might loosen up by the second half. Besides, timing is still good. The weekends will feature some clearing and warmer temps.
Including this one. At first, I was a little gunshy about promising sun for Saturday, but now there are signs we may get some real clearing by afternoon - at least north of the Pike. Sunday is a bright day, but there still may be some cool breezes coming from the northeast. So although the sun's back, the heat isn't...until early next week, we're we make a foray into the 60s and 70s early on.
"I'll buy that for a dollar!"