WeatherMapDec3The good news is that we finally have a break in the rain. Over the past three days, over one inch of rain had fallen along with a full day of dreary fog. Today, strong winds help clear us out but only cool us down a little. There will be clouds from an upper level disturbance, and maybe a stray sprinkle to the north. Flurries have been confined to the mountains of Virginia and West Virginia, with more steady snow bands in Pennsylvania and New York.  The winds will be gusting to 30 mph or higher from the northwest holding temperatures nearly steady in the upper 40s. This weekend will remain dry and mild as the winds ease and shift direction. Then next week we have a close coastal storm indicative of the El Nino pattern.


Strong winds will average 15 to 25 mph, with gusts over 30 mph, especially by the bay. Hold on the steering when while driving over bridges.

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Coastal Storm Next Week?

I am pointing out a coastal storm next week to highlight two things. Please see the notes below this slider…


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1) This is close to the Mid Atlantic, but tracking the updates all week may give insight into the long range patter and forecast trends. So I will keep an eye to see if there is a trend to push to the east thanks to strong upper level El Nino winds and the history of events in the past few months.

2) There doesn’t seem to be any cold air.  One of the points I made with my winter outlook was that El Nino dominate patterns have warmer air. We need blocking from the North Atlantic to give us cold air needed for snow.  That is not present at this time. In fact the long range temperature outlook below doesn’t show any significant cold air for the next 10+ days ahead. This is why I saw a slow start to winter, but back loaded with a better chance for snow and ice in the second half of the season.

Holiday Spirit Giveback: Faith in the Flakes Christmas Shirts

ChristmasFlakeMy boys and I are rocking our shirts from last year and believe we will see snow this month. It might be hard to imagine with this stretch of rain. We want to spread the joy in a new way. Among the new styles, we have holiday or Christmas colors, and waiting for ours to be printed. We thought it would be great if families would wear these together to open gifts under their trees. In appreciation for your support, we will be using 20% of the proceeds of these holiday shirts to purchase winter coats for kids and donating them before Christmas. The collections from this design will be added up through Dec 21 (official start of winter).

We know Hanukah is this weekend, and there are other holidays you may celebrate. This is the most universal.

Will you join our family with your family?


See all of our shirt the designs here, hosted by local printing partner Ink Splash in Westminster.






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Also see: My Winter Outlook 2015-2016


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Chip KidWxDevicesGet the award winning Kid Weather App I made with my oldest son and support our love for science, weather, and technology. Our 3 year anniversary of the release and our contribution to STEM education is this November. It has been downloaded in 60 countries, and works in both temperature scales. With your support we can expand on the fun introduction to science and real weather.