Tuesday March 22- Today we turn the corner. It will remain breezy, but the winds shifting to the southwest usher in warmer air. That warming trend will continue for a few days with our sights back on the mid 70s by Thursday. Do you remember the trend of winter weather and school closings on Tuesdays? Almost every Tuesday between our ‘blizzard’ in January and the end of February had school closings or delays. Now we are on a pattern with warm mid week weather, then cooler weekends. So after we hit the 70s, a band of thunderstorms will bring us back down this weekend. Unfortunately Easter Sunday will be the coolest of the next stage, as a band of rain will try to move in from the south.
Cherry Blossoms Watch:
The Washington DC peak bloom is expected in the next few days. After 3 years in a row with peak bloom in the second week of April, this will be an early one. If you can take off of work, I would plan on Thursday as your best day to get to the Tidal Basin. The average date for peak bloom is April 4th. So this is a bit early thanks to a warmer than average winter season.
Tracking Storms Thursday:
It looks like the warm up will hold off the rain for us until Thursday evening and overnight. There will be some severe storms in this line, but the timing overnight should limit the activity for us.
Easter Sunday Rain?
The GFS Model shown below only indicates scattered showers later in the day, with more rain by Monday morning. My caution is that the trend is for storms to verify farther north and a little sooner than first seen on this model. If so, then we could trend cooler and more wet for Easter Sunday. But at least a week removed from the snow, so that is not a threat. Definitely much cooler than the near 70 degrees we had last Christmas.
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