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January 22, 2009

Weather Watch

By MARK HANOK

Thanks to the wild northwesterly jet stream that continues to bring arctic air far to the south from northern Canada to the southeastern states, while a stationary high covers the western third of the nation and brings record warmth from California to Montana, we’ll get generally dry weather in Otsego County. This has been a very cold January, as the highest temperature so far this month— only 35 degrees on the 5th at our weather station in Otego.



In fact, this has been the coldest January in six years.



During the upcoming week the same pattern will continue, as the West stays unusually mild and below normal temperatures continue in the Northeast.



The combination of the extreme “reverse temperature anomaly” and the ocean storm southeast of Nantucket on Tuesday, will ensure that precipitation will be well below normal through at least the end of this month.



Of course, we’ll still get the usual nighttime and early morning inch or two of snow on occasion, but each day will feature at least partly sunny skies. On Friday we’ll get a one-day January thaw, with a southwest flow ahead of another cold front. With partly sunny skies, highs will be in the mid- 30’s.



A colder northwest flow will take over on Saturday with partly sunny skies and a few snow showers; highs 15 to 20 degrees.



Very cold, very dry weather will prevail on Sunday, with mostly sunny skies and highs only in the teens.



After the chance of light snow Sunday night, a large arctic high over northern New England, will maintain very dry air on Monday, while a storm brings snow not far to our south; skies will be partly sunny with highs around 20 degrees. Bright sunshine will take over on Tuesday with highs in the low 20’s.



Mark Hanok is an Otego based meteorologist.

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