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Cool, But Pleasant Weather for Midweek

Matt Ross @ 1:05 PM

Seasonably cool and uneventful weather will be the norm for the next couple of days before warmer air moves in for the end of the week and weekend.


Forecast Confidence: HighBreezy, Seasonable. Other than a slight chance of a stray morning shower, today will be a nice early Spring day. Afternoon skies will become mostly sunny with a stiff breeze out of the northwest. After midday highs in the upper 50s to near 60, temperatures should drop down into the mid 50s during the afternoon as cooler air filters in behind a cold front.

Tonight and Tomorrow

Forecast Confidence: MediumPartly Cloudy, Cool. Tonight will be clear and quite cold with early morning lows in the upper 20s. On Wednesday we will see increasing clouds with afternoon highs in the upper 40s to around 50. Refer to Jason's forecast for the rest of the week and weekend.

Pictured Above: Surface maps of the famous March 1958 blizzard from 49 years ago today. National Airport only received 4.8", but the northern and western suburbs got 1-2 feet. Areas of northern Maryland and southeastern Pennsylvania got over 3 feet. Courtesy of the National Weather Service.

Extreme Weather Website in Europe

Eutmetnet, a meteorological network of 21 European countries, has launched a new website for the purposes of identifying extreme weather in Europe. Meteoalarm markets itself as "alerting Europe of extreme weather". The website is actually quite functional and easy to use. Different colors indicate the severity of the extreme event, while different symbols indicate the nature of the event. It is a cool concept not unlike what the National Weather Service already does here in the US. My only criticism is that the level of information provided is very general, so for timing and specifics it directs you to the weather service of the relevant country. Although it is already up and running, the official launch date for the website is March 23rd, or World Meteorological Day.

March Notes

As Steve mentioned yesterday, March has been one of extremes so far with days generally averaging well above or well below normal. Currently through the 19th, we are averaging almost 2 degrees below normal for the month. However, over half the days so far this month have been over 10 degrees below or above normal. When all is said and done, I expect March to average near normal, but the trip there will have been quite a ride. At this time, I think April looks to be above normal like last year, but my confidence is not that high.

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