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November 13, 2008

Weather Watch


Since cloudy skies have prevailed much of the time during the past week, it doesn’t seem like a very dry November. But during the first 12 days of the month, precipitation has amounted to less than a quarter of an inch at most locations in Otsego County, and that’s about 20% of the normal precipitation.

Since temperatures have been colder than normal the past few days, it doesn’t seem like a warm November. However, temperatures have averaged four degrees above normal so far this month, and we’ll go right back to very mild weather to start this weekend, as the jet stream stays well to the north, and a series of storm systems move to our west and bring a southwesterly flow.

This pattern will change on Sunday as a cold front moves through our area and upper-level winds shift to the northwest and another large high pressure area dips southward from central Canada.

On Friday as low pressure lifts northward to western New York, rain in the morning will give way to variable cloudiness and a few breaks of sunshine in the afternoon, with a southerly wind and highs around 60 degrees.

Another low pressure system will develop along the mid-Atlantic coast and track to the east of New England on Saturday, keeping the heavy rain well to the east across southern and eastern New England.

We’ll get occasional showers and highs well above normal, in the mid and upper 50’s. As the storm moves well to the northeast on Sunday a northwesterly flow will take over.