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Quite Nice ... Except for the Pollen!

Josh Larson @ 12:00 AM

The next few days will feature pleasant and dry conditions with temperatures a bit cooler than they've been the past two days, but still slightly above average. The pollen, however, is an entirely different story, and will remain quite high over the next few days -- with trees (especially Maple, Elm and Cedar) being the main culprits.

Is it not ironic how the run-for-toilet-paper hysteria of winter storms may be replaced by run-for-Kleenex hysteria of spring allergies?


Forecast Confidence: HighDelightful! After a chilly start, with temperatures in the low to mid 40s this morning, we'll look for abundant sunshine throughout the course of the day with afternoon highs in the upper 50s to low 60s. Clear and quite chilly tonight, with lows from the low 30s across the cooler 'burbs to near 40 downtown.


Forecast Confidence: MediumSlightly milder. After another chilly start to the day, expect mostly sunny skies and light winds to allow temperatures to rise into the mid to upper 60s on Friday, with overnight lows, under mostly clear skies, from 40-45.

The Weekend

For Confidence: High-Very HighNice ... then not-so-nice. Get out and enjoy the partly to mostly sunny skies on Saturday as temperatures reach the mid 60s during the afternoon hours; under increasing clouds, overnight lows will drop into the mid to upper 40s. Sunday, unfortunately, does not look nearly as nice, with mostly cloudy to overcast skies and periodic showers possible; expect cooler highs from the upper 50s to low 60s with overnight lows near 50.


Pattern Overview
All in all we are expecting a pretty benign end to March weatherwise, with the exception of very high pollen levels, but that is not unexpected for this time of year. Generally we'll remain under weak high pressure for much of the next week, which allow for most days to be at least party sunny and predominately dry -- with the notable exception of this coming Sunday. Now through Sunday we'll expect temperatures near to slightly above-normal, while Monday and Tuesday look to be some 10 degrees above normal ahead of a potentially strong cold front which may drop temperatures some 15-20 degrees by late Wednesday into Thursday -- and back to below normal levels.

Pictured above: current nation-wide pollen levels; courtesy

Next week's forecast
Forecast highs/lows: 62/42 (normal = 62/43)
Forecast precip: Near-normal

Forecast Confidence: High-Very HighMonday and Tuesday look to feature partly sunny skies with mild high temperatures in the upper 60s to low 70s with overnight lows in the low to mid 50s. Wednesday will likely be a day of transition as a strong cold front may push through the area, bringing clouds and precipitation along with it; expect highs near 60 with cooler overnight lows near 40. From this far vantage point, Thursday and Friday look to feature predominately dry weather with below normal temperatures: I'd expect highs from 50-55 and lows from 35-40 both days.

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