Pollen, Beaches, Golf Courses…What’s The Link?

April 9th, 2013 at 8:53 am by under Weather

In one word to answer the title of the blog…heat.  Warm weather has engulfed almost the entire eastern half of the U.S.  Look at the forecast highs from the GFS model:

Highs Today

Highs Today

I am calling for highs in the low 80s locally.  Despite some clouds today, we are going to really warm up again.  We started with lows in the mid 60s which were 10 degrees warmer than yesterday morning.  Yesterday afternoon we already had high temperatures near 80 degrees.  So it’s a given that we will be warmer this afternoon.  I even think there will be some mid 80s inland.  Since it is so warm I threw in the beach forecast this morning.  The water temperatures are still cool.  1-2 foot waves are expected for the surfers.

Beach Forecast

Beach Forecast

This warm weather is due to an area of high pressure that is parked offshore.  This is allowing for southwest winds which are building the heat this week.

Today's Forecast

Today’s Forecast

Winds will be southwest at 10-15mph.  Tomorrow the winds will be a bit stronger and we’ll have more sunshine.  So expect mid-upper 80s for highs on Wednesday.  Hey, with a little humidity that is some hot weather in my book.  Low 80s are expected on Thursday.  Keep all of this in mind when you hear the news about heavy snow in Colorado, Kansas, and Nebraska today:

Blue Is Snow

Blue Is Snow

They are expecting severe storms across parts of the Plains and Midwest today.  It has been a while since the country has seen a fair chance for severe storms.  As that system moves east I don’t think it will give us a high chance for severe, but I do think it will bring scattered thunderstorms with a few strong gusty winds.  Stay tuned for updates on that.

Speaking of updates… The pollen forecast is high today.  It is an 11 out f 12.  The tree pollens are up.  Especially maple and pear trees.  The oak spores are high on paper, but I haven’t seen a lot of them blooming yet.  Grass pollen is not high just yet.  It will probably go to seed in some places later this week.  Then it will really contribute.  With the pollen it’s a good time to change your air filters on your A.C. unit. Also, you can run your car air conditioners which have a filter on them as well.  We’ll try and get out the full “pollen tips blog” out either in the next couple of days or early next week.  Remember the season is really just getting started.  If you need the pollen forecast for the day, then you can get it on our website here: Pollen Forecast

Other than the pollen it should be good weather for outdoor sports.  Maybe a bit hot at times away from the breeze.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

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