Weekly Weather Summary Oct. 30 – Nov. 5
2011-11-06 20:20:42.000 – Rick Giard, Weather Observer / Education Specialist
In the wake of last weekend’s historic October pre-season nor’easter, conditions generally improved in the region. With a ridge of high pressure building in, temperatures moderated to more seasonable levels, sunshine increased and winds diminished. This respite from storminess persisted through Wednesday, allowing beleaguered area residents to begin recovering from storm damage and electric company crews to commence power restoration in relative relief.
On Wednesday temperatures climbed to well above average out ahead of a cold front approaching from the west. The weakening front moved through on Thursday, but proved to be no major weather maker on the higher summits. Rather, this generated only light snow and snow grain showers along with continuous rime-accumulating fog that persisted into Friday. This was just sufficient to replenish any snow and ice ground cover lost by attrition since the departure of the previous storm. We have maintained ground cover at 10 to 11 inches this week. Not surprisingly, as the front passed through winds increased and temperatures receded to well below normal levels.
A strong ridge of high pressure began building in late on Friday, finally permitting the summits to go into the clear under overcast skies shortly after Midnight. By early Saturday morning the ridge took complete control, setting up for blue skies and crystal-clear 130 miles visibilities, gradually moderating temperatures and diminishing winds. This broad anticyclone is forecasted to remain parked to the southeast of the region and set up warm return flows and fair conditions until midweek. If the low pressure system currently developing in the Upper-Midwest holds together, that will be our next chance for stormy conditions.
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Rick Giard, Weather Observer / Education Specialist