Tuesday rain, Wednesday wind
The rain showed up on time this morning, meeting the expectations of the forecast models. It will last all day before wrapping up sometime before midnight tonight and will provide us with another half inch or so of liquid to add to our soggy ground. How wet has 2011 been? Check out this map that shows total precipitation through Christmas Day by county. The top number shows the total inches of precipitation while the bottom number provides the number of inches above average by county. For instance Stafford county has had 52.4″ of rain which is 10.8″ more than normal, while Spotsylvania county has seen 49.0″, more than 7″ over the average. Feeling soggy yet?
Tomorrow (Wednesday) the air will dry out behind the cold front that will push through tonight and the winds will kick up out of the west and northwest. The high temperature will be near normal (upper 40′s) with plenty of sunshine. The rest of the week – including the New Year’s weekend – will generally be dry and a bit warmer although there is a slight chance of mixed rain and snow showers late Thursday night courtesy of an Alberta clipper that will swing by just north of the Mid-Atlantic. Overall the models are indicating a period of “zonal flow” for the next week or so, meaning the overall weather pattern is for systems to zoom west to east across the country with no large scale dips or bulges in the jet stream that would allow cold air to swoop into our region.