The upcoming Easter weekend weather forecast may not be a forecast that you would like to hear, as the rain returns to mess up your holiday plans after three days of drying out and warming up.
A stubborn upper level low over the northeast continues to spin impulse after impulse around the southern base of its trough. Those impulses will continue into Monday as a front stalls over the north central part of the state. Several rounds of heavy rain may occur over the extended period, and the Weather Prediction Center (WPC) said this about the upcoming period this morning:
AREAS FROM THE SOUTH-CENTRAL PLAINS INTO THE TENNESSEE VALLEY/SOUTHEAST MAY SEE A COUPLE EPISODES OF LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL... ONE DURING THE WEEKEND IN A CONTINUATION OF ACTIVITY THAT MAY START LATE IN THE SHORT RANGE PERIOD... AND ANOTHER BY TUE-WED AS HEIGHT FALLS ALOFT APPROACH THE PLAINS.
And if you think the cool weather is over (or think it should be!), the WPC said this about next week:
AFTER A BRIEF REPRIEVE FROM RECENT CHILLY CONDITIONS... THIS SYSTEM WILL BRING A RETURN TO WELL BELOW NORMAL DAYTIME TEMPS OVER MOST OF THE CENTRAL/EASTERN STATES.
There are signs that this below normal temperature pattern may last into the first or second week of April before we see a rapid warmup. Our high at DaculaWeather.com of 42.3F yesterday (Tuesday) put us almost 25º below our normal high of 67ºF. Yesterday's high at Atlanta was only 42ºF and that is 3º colder than any high this past January and colder than any high for this past winter period! The only ones as cold or colder were on 3/2-3. Also, 3/25/13's mean temperature departure for Atlanta was -17º, which was the coldest departure since 01/12/2011! The 03/26/13 mean departure of -20º was the coldest since the -22º of 12/14/10!
Our monthly average temperatures from this winter and a few previous years:
2012/2013 2011/2012 2010/2011 2009/2010 Dec 47.9º 48.1º 35.5º 39.8º Jan 47.4º 46.1º 37.8º 36.5º Feb 43.5º 48.8º 47.0º 37.2º Mar 45.6º 61.9º 53.3º 48.9º
As you can see, the last two months of this winter were the coldest months for us, but look at the difference between last March and this one so far.
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