By Chris White

Weather Blog: Since Fredericksburg resides "in the seam" between the Richmond VA and Washington DC media markets this blog is a look at the weather from a Fredericksburg-centric point of view.

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The Christmas parade weather and other stuff

This is a notable time in our weather calendar as today (Friday) is the official end of hurricane season.  In light of that this webpage has a video link to a short video that shows a satellite loop of the entire 2012 hurricane season.

Another notable weather date is that tomorrow (Saturday) is December 1st, the beginning of meteorological winter in our area.  So what can we expect weather-wise for the Christmas parade?  Simply put, it will be downright balmy compared to many previous Christmas parades.  After some scattered morning fog and clouds Saturday afternoon will turn sunny and warmer with highs in the upper 50′s (F).  By parade time the temperature will only have dropped into the low 50′s and winds will be very light with no chances of precipitation in the forecast.  It’ll feel chillier after the sun goes down but a medium weight jacket or sweater should suffice for most folks, especially if everyone is already shoulder to shoulder with others in the crowd.

Meanwhile today – Friday – will be partly sunny although a passing upper level disturbance will keep some high clouds around much of the day.  Highs will top out in the mid-50′s as a strong high pressure system builds over New England and squeezes a backdoor front down the coast and south of the ‘Burg by this evening.  The moist maritime air behind that front will be the cause of Saturday’s morning fogginess but as I stated above this shouldn’t interfere with the sunshine later tomorrow.

Sunday will also dawn with scattered fog but that too will burn off by late morning and the sunshine will boost the high temperature into the low 60′s.  And if you think that’s warm the highs Monday and Tuesday may well touch the 70 degree mark!  But as I’ve stated in previous posts I fully expect that this too shall pass and sometime in mid-December the dam will break and the frigid air mass that is banking up over Canada will plunge our way.  Meanwhile the next significant chance for precipitation isn’t until next weekend altho’ a cold frontal passage this coming Wednesday may bring a sprinkle or two.  More on that later.

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