We're Having a Heat Wave...

By: Stacy Berman
By: Stacy Berman

We went from winter-like readings to mid summer-like readings in a matter of days. Don't get used to baking in April... Once a front crosses midweek, it's back to reality in terms of temperatures.

Good evening!  Happy Monday to you all. This week was a lot easier to get going than last week when we awoke to rain and cold.  It's been an interesting weather ride over the past week from rain and highs in the 50s to sunshine and highs in the mid 90s.  So is it just Mother Nature being incredibly indecisive or is this typical during the spring season?  In a way, the answer to both of those questions is yes.  We've seen warmth like this before, in fact, the record setting heat for this time of the year dates back to 1915 where the mercury rose to 97 degrees on April 26th.  So while it was HOT for this time of the year, it wasn't unheard of, and more importantly, no records were broken.

The reason why we experienced this warmth was thanks in part to a strong high pressure located at the surface and in the upper levels of the atmosphere.  When this high shifts off the east coast, our winds shift around to the southwest drawing in much warmer air and this time of the year, a bit of sunshine goes a long way.  The high kind of acts like a force field blocking anything from penetrating it so since a powerful cold front that has been causing all sorts of severe weather in the mid part of the country will slowly push eastward.  The front will only be able to push eastward when the high finally breaks down.  We are expecting this to happen mid week, so it's so long for the 90s, at least for the time being, and back to the reality of 70s which, according to most people, is what they prefer. 

So which kind of weather do you prefer?  The 70s or the 90s?  And what did you do this past weekend that you wouldn't have been able to do if it was much colder?

~Stacy

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