Eyes to The Skies
Posted by Pete Bouchard
Whew. The asteroid is moving away, the meteors have stopped falling and we're realizing how close to came to sudden impact. A mere 17,000 miles separated us from this chunk of space rock. Some astronomers are quietly speculating (now that the threat for public panic has passed) that those meteors in Russia this morning MAY have once been a part of the asteroid at one time. Perhaps, they say, in its last approach to Earth, the gravitational pull caused some fragments to break off the asteroid and put them on a collision course with Earth. Sounds plausible...I mean, you really think it was coincidence???
Now back to ground level. Nice one today, eh? Sun boosted us to 50 and 51 in some spots! But reality is setting in for the weekend. Colder temperatures and a foray into the snow...again.
Before you get in a huff, remember what the February sun has done to the snowpack thus far. We managed to obliterate well over half of our snow in less than a week.
Now back to the timing on this storm:
- Light snow/mix/light rain will pester us from daybreak to early afternoon tomorrow. Roads will be wet, and accumulations will be light.
- We'll have a pause late tomorrow afternoon before the snow cranks up late tomorrow evening and into the night. This is where we get 90% of our accumulation.
- Snow will still be around on Sunday morning, but it'll be light and wind-blown.
- Event ends mid Sunday AM.
- Highest amounts will be on Cape Cod, where ocean-effect (similar to Lake Effect) will contribute to the accumulations.
- Temps plummet overnight on Saturday into the low 20s & only recover to the mid 20s Sunday. Gusty winds on Sunday will give us wind chills in the single digits!
After this, things will settle down for the short term, but we're still in an active pattern, so I can't exactly say this is the finish line in terms of snow.
Make it a good weekend!