By MARK HANOK
Precipitation was less than half of normal across our area in November. The total precipitation was only 1.44” at our weather station in Otego.
Despite the unusually mild weather during the first half of November, temperatures were so far below normal during the last two weeks
It looks like a strong northwesterly flow aloft will continue to bring cold air from central Canada during the upcoming week, as the storm tracks stays well to the west and south. This equals a continuation of a generally dry weather pattern.
December began with very cold air funneling southward around the west side of a major Great Lakes storm, and with a strong northwesterly flow. As the storm pulled northward to Lake Huron by afternoon, there were snow showers as far south as the northwest suburbs of Atlanta.
At the same time, a warm front crossed the northern Rockies, followed by very strong westerly winds that gusted to over 60 MPH in north central Montana, bringing unseasonably mild air.
On Friday a northwest flow of cold air will take over again, with partly sunny skies and highs in the low 30’s. WeÆll get a few lake-effect snow showers but the accumulating snow will stay to our north and west. Skies will be partly sunny again on Saturday, with only a few snow showers and highs just 27 to 32 degrees.
A major ocean storm will intensify well east of Cape Cod on Sunday, while an upper-level trough slides across the eastern Great Lakes. After a few snow showers in the morning, skies will be partly sunny in the afternoon with highs only 25 to 30 degrees. Partly sunny skies will continue on Monday with highs in the low 30’s. A storm system will move west of the region on Tuesday bringing milder air and the chance of rain or wet snow.
Mark Hanok is an Otegobased meteorologist. You can visit him on the World Wide Web at http://members. aol.com/weathergazette.
By MARK HANOK
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