By MARK HANOK
March was the third straight month with below normal precipitation, and it looks like April will also turn out to be drier than normal.
There’s no way that we can get heavy precipitation when it’s so much warmer to the north than to the south.
Once again a powerful storm system put into place a wild reverse temperature anomaly, and we got only light rain when it should have been a significant precipitation event.
The jet stream will continue out of the northwest, and with these strong winds aloft, most of the moisture will stay to our south.
On Friday another storm will move eastward from the Ohio Valley, but it looks like most of the rain will fall across the central and southern Appalachians and the southeastern states.
After a partly sunny morning, skies will be mostly cloudy during the afternoon with a few showers; highs in the low 50s.
The best chance for a steady rain is on Friday night.
On Saturday, as another major storm system takes shape over the Rockies, low pressure will slide east of the Virginia coast on Saturday, with rain over southeastern New York and southern New England.
We’ll get some light rain or showers in the morning, then mostly cloudy skies in the afternoon; with a cool northerly breeze, highs will only be in the mid-40s.
Look for a major improvement in the weather for Easter Sunday.
Although a cool northerly breeze will continue with highs only from 45 to 50 degrees, bright sunshine will prevail all day.
As high pressure builds eastward from the Great Lakes, most sunny skies will continue on Monday and Tuesday.
Highs will be in the low 50s.
Mark Hanok is an Otegobased meteorologist.
By MARK HANOK
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