*I apologize in advance if the next few blog posts are brief and to the point, if I post one at all. I will be out of town for a week and a half and may not have time to write a blog some nights.*
Rio Grande Valley:
The Rio Grande Valley is need of rain! The big question is, when will this occur? Some parts of the Valley have gone more than 2 full months without seeing a drop of rain. As I said in a previous blog, the RGV is under a moderate drought. It’s only a matter of time before a severe drought is issued for South Texas if there is not a significant amount precipitation in order to clear the drought. There is a slight chance of rain Monday night into Tuesday afternoon for deep South Texas, but won’t be enough to clear the drought.
For today, clouds moved in a little earlier than I had expected. Brownsville had an afternoon high of 72, Harlingen had a high of 70, and McAllen hit 71 today. Winds maintained out of the southeast and will continue out of the southeast tonight, as lows will be in the upper 50s, under cloudy skies. Here is the forecast for the next 3 days:
(12/28): Tuesday will start off with cloudy skies and a chance of a light shower or two. Upper-level moisture, along with onshore flow from the Gulf is allowing for overcast conditions for the next day or so. Highs will be in the mid 70s with southeast winds at 15-20 mph, gusting to 30 mph at times. Tuesday night, slight chance of a shower, under cloudy skies and lows in the lower 60s.
(12/29): Clouds will begin clear on Wednesday, allowing sunshine to warm temperatures into the upper 70s and lower 80s. Winds will be out of the south southeast at 10-15 mph, with gusts up to 25 mph. Wednesday night looks to be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 60s.
(12/30): Thursday, look forward to mostly sunny skies with warm temperatures reaching the mid 80s! Winds will be out of the south southeast at 10-15 mph, with higher gusts. Thursday night will be partly cloudy with lows in the low-to-mid 60s.
Rest of the Nation:
As expected, an area of low pressure will move across the Pacific Northwest tonight and into tomorrow, creating showers and mountain snow showers for much of the northwest U.S. Numerous Winter Storm Watches and Warnings have been issued for much of the western CONUS.
Maine is continuing to get hammered, at this hour, by snow from the nor’easter that is currently just south of Newfoundland. Tremendous amounts of snow has fallen over the entire east coast since Thursday (23rd) of last week. Luckily for the people living in the northeast, most of the precipitation from this storm is expected to move out by early tomorrow morning and high pressure will settle into the area. Here are just some amazing snow amounts (in inches) some places have seen since Thursday, December 23rd, as of 6 pm EST today:
...MASSACHUSETTS... SAVOY 24.8 CANTON 19.0 SOUTH BOSTON 19.0 LYNN 18.5 TAUNTON 17.3 WINCHESTER 17.3 NORTH OTIS 17.0 SALEM 17.0 SAUGUS 17.0 EAST BOSTON 16.5 BROCKTON 16.0 BECKET 6 SSW 15.5 PLAINFIELD 12.5 WORCESTER 12.5 WHITMAN 12.3 RANDOLPH 11.8 SOUTH ATTLEBORO 10.0 FRAMINGHAM 9.6 BLANDFORD 9.5 HEATH 8.0 CHESTERFIELD 7.5 VINEYARD HAVEN 4.0 WEST SPRINGFIELD 3.5 EAST FALMOUTH 2.8 ...MAINE... AUGUSTA 1 SE 15.0 HARRINGTON 15.0 BETHEL 14.0 ORONO 13.8 STOCKHOLM 12.3 COLUMBIA 12.0 LEWISTON 12.0 CORNISH 11.5 ELLSWORTH-EAST 11.2 TOPSHAM 11.0 JAY 10.0 SOUTH WINDHAM 9.5 CAMDEN 1 SSW 9.0 AURORA 8.0 KENNEBUNK 2 NE 8.0 MACHIAS 7.5 BLUE HILL 7.0 DOVER-FOXCROFT 7.0 KNOX 7.0 CARIBOU WFO 6.1 BAR HARBOR 6.0 NORRIDGEWOCK 6.0 BANGOR 3.0 ...NEW HAMPSHIRE... PIERMONT 25.0 RANDOLPH 25.0 GRAFTON 24.0 UNITY 18.0 NEW LONDON 13.0 WEBSTER 3 SSW 12.0 GOFFSTOWN 11.3 WALPOLE 11.0 WOLFEBORO 10.7 BRISTOL 1 NNW 10.5 KEENE 10.0 ALTON 9.5 NEWBURY 4 SE 9.5 EATON 3 SSW 8.0 GILFORD 8.0 ...VERMONT... LANDGROVE 21.0 NORTH BENNINGTON 20.0 WOODFORD 20.0 ANDOVER 18.0 BALL MOUNTAIN LAKE 18.0 WELLS RIVER 18.0 WHITE RIVER JUNCTION 16.0 DANBY 15.0 SPRINGFIELD 15.0 UNION VILLAGE DAM 11.8 POMFRET 11.5 N HARTLAND RES 11.0 LUDLOW 10.0 WESTMINSTER WEST 10.0 WOODSTOCK 10.0 CORNWALL 9.5 CRAFTSBURY 7.5 CORINTH 7.2 NEWPORT 7.2 BROOKFIELD 2 WSW 6.5 SHEFFIELD 6.0 NORTH UNDERHILL 5.5 BAKERSFIELD 5.0 LYNDONVILLE 5.0 WEST RUTLAND 5.0 HUNTINGTON 4.5 NORTHFIELD 3.3 ...WEST VIRGINIA... TERRA ALTA 10.0 BLUEFIELD 2.0 *Courtesy of NWS HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL PREDICTION CENTER (HPC)*