Friday, March 09, 2012

Reality Breezes Back

Just after Midnight we had our high temperature for the day, likely around 64 or 65 in Philadelphia, as the cool front crossed the region just after 1 AM.  Most of the showers in association with that front have slipped off the coast but some light rain lurks in Southern Delaware at this early hour.   As you can tell above, temperatures have slipped back a fair amount in wake of the front -- we're in the 40's nearly everywhere but at the Shore this morning.  Northwest breezes are gusty, reaching 30 miles per hour in spots, drawing in cooler reality throughout the Delaware Valley as the cold front slides on by.

Today's weather will feature a March-like setup -- cool northwest breezes, a mix of sun and clouds, and temperatures that will be more typical for March than May.  We should see some recovery in temperatures through midday and into the early afternoon, enough to see lower and middle 50's nearly everywhere this afternoon, although with northwest winds at 12 to 20 miles per hour sustained and gusts to 25-30 there will be a bit of chill in the air.   Our best chances of sunshine will be in the midday hours -- generally 10 to 1 -- as we get into a slot between the cloud deck with the front and building cool air cumulus to our northwest that will move through over the afternoon.

A few rogue sprinkles/flurries/sleet showers can't be ruled out in the Poconos this afternoon and early evening thanks to atmospheric instability and some Great Lakes enhancement.