Warmup...With a Side of Rain
Posted by Pete Bouchard
Chilled to the bone today. Although the air wasn't what we call arctic, it was plenty cold. Highs struggled to make 40 in many spots. The only saving grace: the wind diminshed in the afternoon. Sun actually felt OK - even though it's very feeble this time of year (noontime sun angle is 25° - compared to 70° in mid June).
Speaking of the sun, we're nearing the shortest day of the year, more commonly known as the Winter Solstice. We're already close to another milestone too: the earliest sunset is Saturday at 4:11! After that, we gain close to a minute a day, ending up at 4:22 by New Year's Eve.
Anyway, temperatures are on the mend in the short term. We won't skyrocket back to the 50s just yet, however. I'm seeing a slow climb in the next couple of days - along with some wet weather to make it nice and raw.
Showers will most likely catch up with us by tomorrow afternoon and evening. Nothing noteworthy, but still enough to make you break out the umbrella if you're strolling around town to do some holiday shopping.
The one reprieve I see is on Sunday. A wedge of dry air will come in to widen the prospects for sun. It will also cool the air just a hair, ahead of the big warmup on Monday.
Speaking of, this may be our final stand of warm temps. Cooler air will infiltrate Wed-Thu next week, and pending the outcome of a pattern change by next weekend, it may have staying power.