Sagay Leaves…Now All Heck Breaks Loose!

December 12th, 2011 at 8:13 am by under Weather

Well….meteorologist Sagay Galindo wrote a blog yesterday about how she is leaving the station.  Her husband is in the Navy and he got stationed out west.  So they are packing up and moving.  She has done a great job here at WAVY, and she will be missed.  We’ll have a new person joining the team soon (details t.b.a.), and hopefully a 4th in the near future as well.  So of course since we are temporarily short staffed I’m naturally wondering when all heck will break loose in the weather. 

   If you’re a snow lover, then you got really spoiled over the last 2 years.  This year has been different though, and is likely to be different through early 2012.  In December of 2010 we had snow in the first week, and high temperatures after that stayed in the 30s and 40s.  Lately we’ve had some warm spells that have brought us high temps in the 60s and 70s.  This last weekend was a bit chilly with highs in the 40s and 50s, but that’s pretty seasonable.  The average high is 53.  We’ll warm up a bit today with some mid 50s showing up.  (60s over the Outer Banks).  We will warm it up even more by midweek.  Highs will spike to the upper 60s on Wednesday out ahead of another cold front.  The front will drop temperatures this weekend.  Highs could be back in the upper 40s Saturday and Sunday, but for now are aiming for the low 50s. 

The bay temperature is in the low 50s.  You typically want that to drop to at least the mid 40s to be able to get snow.  (few exceptions)  So all of this means that there is no chance for snow in the 7-10 days forecast.  In fact a big portion of the country is running dry lately.  There is a lot of drought which is spreading across the deep south and the southeast.  US Drought Monitor  However, the northeast and California are doing fine in terms of precip. 

Unless the pattern changes, then I doubt all heck will break loose in the short term.  It’s actually nice to get a breather after the crazy weather we had over the last couple of years.  I’m still thinking the big cool down will come closer to the new year.  As always…we’ll see. 

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

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