Heads UP! Watch out for the Thanksgiving Forecast

Watch out this weekend for ….. well….. ok….. got nothin’ here. No storms, except for 100 inches of snow on Mt. Rainer in Washington*. Just a strong cold front in the east coming to kick out the high pressure system that has been lazily resting over our area. The front will bring some strong gusty winds, some sprinkles of rain and maybe a snow flurry to the northeast coast Friday night and Saturday. Western New York needs to watch for lake effect rain and snow showers Friday and Saturday. Temperatures on Saturday won’t rise at all, and may fall all day.
* See http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=46.85173907873366&lon=-121.76010131835938
for any remaining accumulations and http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/post/mt-rainier-washington-forecast-80-108-inches-of-new-snow-through-wednesday/2012/11/19/ad51d32e-3289-11e2-9cfa-e41bac906cc9_blog.html for the story.

Be thankful for the beautiful night sky, with ‘OMG, it must be an airplane, but it’s not moving’ Jupiter rising an hour after sunset. Use ANY optical aid to see Jupiter’s moons – tiny dots close to the ohhhh-so-bright planet.
The Orion rises sideways after 8pm – sprawling across the eastern sky as if he was high-jumping over the horizon.
Go to heavens-above.com or sky and telescope for a nice sky chart for directions -although if you can find which way is east and the horizon is clear, Orion is right there about 8 to 9pm.

Yes, there was a storm (two in fact) predicted by the computer models for this week. They were forecast to stay out to sea, and they formed and stayed a little further out to sea than forecast, so we only have some persistent northeast winds, which raised water levels somewhat on the coast this week. See http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/post/thanksgiving-week-coastal-storm-what-happened-to-it/2012/11/19/4d91fe4c-3283-11e2-9cfa-e41bac906cc9_blog.html for more.

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