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09-01-2019, 07:45   #5101
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TODAY ... Cloudy with a few brighter intervals, isolated showers or patchy drizzle, in light northerly breezes (backing to westerly near west coast later). Rather cold especially in Ulster and Leinster. Highs will range from 6 C near east coast and in most of Ulster, to 10 C in Kerry and some other coastal areas of south and west.

TONIGHT ... Variable cloud, isolated showers or drizzle, cool. Lows 2 to 6 C.

THURSDAY ... Mostly cloudy, moderate southwest winds returning (40-60 km/hr in coastal north and west). Highs 8 to 11 C.

FRIDAY ... Overcast, isolated showers, moderate southwest winds, mild. Lows near 7 C and highs near 12 C.

WEEKEND OUTLOOK ... Rather windy at times, outbreaks of rain (5 mm could fall), and temperatures steady 9 to 11 C.

NEXT WEEK ... Possibly quite unsettled and windy, with a growing risk of colder weather developing from the north or northeast at some point between Thursday 17th and Monday 21st. Temperatures will hang on near 8 C until this change occurs and could then fall sharply. As guidance is still very uneven on this transition, it's a question of probability of when the transition will begin. It could take longer than ten days but I believe it will happen before we reach the end of the following week. When the colder spell begins, it could last quite a while so be prepared for that possibility. At some point in the next two weeks to a month, a disruptive cold and snow event seems fairly likely. We can't really begin to guess how disruptive until the details show up on charts, every cold spell has its own quirks and singularities. Some are rather dry and produce only marginal amounts of snow (like March 2013 for example). Others rapidly produce large quantities of snow (like December 2010 and last February into early March). I would say the period from 24 January to 10 February is the highest risk period at the pace of change currently. Change is already beginning to show up in North America with eastern regions facing a sharp colder trend. The first signs of colder weather on any guidance show up around Friday 18th so that is probably the earliest that any wintry weather could strike, perhaps we could say the probability starts around 10% there and increases by about 5% a day until it levels off around 70% by 1st of February.

My local weather on Tuesday was overcast, quite cold and a very light snow turned heavier by late afternoon, so we now have 3 cms on the ground and more gradually accumulating, with freezing drizzle mixing in, and temperatures steady near -2 C. Once this moves through, we are moving back into milder weather as central and eastern regions turn sharply colder. A possible snowstorm for the Washington D.C. region looms for this weekend but this storm will be coming together out of just some dry cloud formations west of Mexico's Baja peninsula at the present time (a front spinning off the Pacific storm hitting further north). The flow is about to buckle allowing much colder air to sink south into the Great Lakes region, then it will be held in place there as storms rotate around from the remnants of Pacific storms until they reach Greenland. What we need to see for Ireland and Britain to turn colder will be for the Greenland region to develop higher pressures at all levels steering these storms back into the Canadian arctic, and allowing higher pressure near the north pole to slide south into the vacuum left by the rise in pressures near Iceland. This will force the persistent high near Ireland and northwest France to push west to avoid being battered by the southward moving arctic jet stream. This scenario keeps appearing on 10-15 day time scales on various models and will become a big deal for the weather when it finally begins to settle into shorter time frames that are more reliable (and then actually happens).
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TODAY ... Cloudy with a few brighter intervals, isolated showers or patchy drizzle, in light northerly breezes (backing to westerly near west coast later). Rather cold especially in Ulster and Leinster. Highs will range from 6 C near east coast and in most of Ulster, to 10 C in Kerry and some other coastal areas of south and west.

TONIGHT ... Variable cloud, isolated showers or drizzle, cool. Lows 2 to 6 C.

THURSDAY ... Mostly cloudy, moderate southwest winds returning (40-60 km/hr in coastal north and west). Highs 8 to 11 C.

FRIDAY ... Overcast, isolated showers, moderate southwest winds, mild. Lows near 7 C and highs near 12 C.

WEEKEND OUTLOOK ... Rather windy at times, outbreaks of rain (5 mm could fall), and temperatures steady 9 to 11 C.

NEXT WEEK ... Possibly quite unsettled and windy, with a growing risk of colder weather developing from the north or northeast at some point between Thursday 17th and Monday 21st. Temperatures will hang on near 8 C until this change occurs and could then fall sharply. As guidance is still very uneven on this transition, it's a question of probability of when the transition will begin. It could take longer than ten days but I believe it will happen before we reach the end of the following week. When the colder spell begins, it could last quite a while so be prepared for that possibility. At some point in the next two weeks to a month, a disruptive cold and snow event seems fairly likely. We can't really begin to guess how disruptive until the details show up on charts, every cold spell has its own quirks and singularities. Some are rather dry and produce only marginal amounts of snow (like March 2013 for example). Others rapidly produce large quantities of snow (like December 2010 and last February into early March). I would say the period from 24 January to 10 February is the highest risk period at the pace of change currently. Change is already beginning to show up in North America with eastern regions facing a sharp colder trend. The first signs of colder weather on any guidance show up around Friday 18th so that is probably the earliest that any wintry weather could strike, perhaps we could say the probability starts around 10% there and increases by about 5% a day until it levels off around 70% by 1st of February.

My local weather on Tuesday was overcast, quite cold and a very light snow turned heavier by late afternoon, so we now have 3 cms on the ground and more gradually accumulating, with freezing drizzle mixing in, and temperatures steady near -2 C. Once this moves through, we are moving back into milder weather as central and eastern regions turn sharply colder. A possible snowstorm for the Washington D.C. region looms for this weekend but this storm will be coming together out of just some dry cloud formations west of Mexico's Baja peninsula at the present time (a front spinning off the Pacific storm hitting further north). The flow is about to buckle allowing much colder air to sink south into the Great Lakes region, then it will be held in place there as storms rotate around from the remnants of Pacific storms until they reach Greenland. What we need to see for Ireland and Britain to turn colder will be for the Greenland region to develop higher pressures at all levels steering these storms back into the Canadian arctic, and allowing higher pressure near the north pole to slide south into the vacuum left by the rise in pressures near Iceland. This will force the persistent high near Ireland and northwest France to push west to avoid being battered by the southward moving arctic jet stream. This scenario keeps appearing on 10-15 day time scales on various models and will become a big deal for the weather when it finally begins to settle into shorter time frames that are more reliable (and then actually happens).
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10-01-2019, 07:18   #5103
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TODAY ... Cloudy at first with some patchy drizzle or light rain, more widespread in central Leinster, then gradually brightening up around mid-day or afternoon, in light north to northwest winds. Highs 8 to 10 C.

TONIGHT ... Variable cloud with some clear intervals, rather cold, lows 3 to 6 C.

FRIDAY ... Partly cloudy to overcast, mild, highs 9 to 12 C.

SATURDAY ... Breezy and mild, occasional light rain, winds west to northwest 40 to 60 km/hr, lows near 6 C and highs near 11 C.

SUNDAY ... Partly cloudy to overcast, isolated showers, mild. Lows near 4 C and highs near 11 C.

MONDAY ... Outbreaks of light rain, winds southwest 50 to 80 km/hr, temperatures steady near 10 C.

TUESDAY ... Somewhat colder in strong west to northwest winds, wintry showers on higher terrain in north, otherwise rain showers for most, highs near 7 C.

OUTLOOK ... Windy and generally a bit colder all through next week with winds mainly in a west to northwest direction, sometimes quite blustery, temperatures in the 4 to 7 C range most of the time, risk of some wintry showers on higher terrain. Beyond the weekend of 19th to 20th, it may turn even colder with winds from the north and sleety precipitation with a risk of accumulating snow at times. Details continue to vary from one model to another but there is certainly a growing trend towards much colder weather in the last ten days of January. How severe and how long it might last remain the big unknowns.

My local weather featured a steady light snowfall that eventually added up to about 10 cm, with the temperature around -2 C. This looks like continuing overnight then turning to drizzle as temperatures gradually warm up here to 2-4 C. I think we will lose this nice blanket of snow rather gradually over the following five days, meanwhile local hills and mountains have a lot heavier snow cover and will keep most of that for months now. A weak storm will develop over the south central U.S. on Friday and move towards North Carolina, bringing a 5 to 15 cm snow band into the Washington D.C. region this weekend. That snow might graze New York and Boston as the low tracks to their south, but amounts appear very small.
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11-01-2019, 07:37   #5104
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TODAY ... Mostly cloudy, patchy drizzle or light rain in parts of Munster, but a few breaks in the overcast later, highs 8 to 11 C.

TONIGHT ... Mostly cloudy, mild, lows 5 to 8 C.

SATURDAY ... Breezy, mild, outbreaks of light rain in north, winds westerly 50 to 70 km/hr in exposed areas. Highs 9 to 12 C.

SUNDAY ... Breezy to windy, mild, although slightly colder in east Ulster, winds west to northwest 50 to 80 km/hr. Lows near 5 C and highs in the range of 8 to 11 C, mildest in south.

MONDAY ... Partly cloudy to overcast, mild, lows near 4 C and highs near 10 C.

TUESDAY ... Windy, showers and turning somewhat colder, winds west to northwest 50 to 80 km/hr, lows near 6 C and highs 8 to 10 C but temperatures 4 to 7 C by afternoon.

WEDNESDAY ... Partly cloudy, passing showers in a cold northwest wind, highs near 7 C.

OUTLOOK ... Rather cold for the rest of the week, slight frosts returning, and risk of sleet by Saturday 19th. The week following that weekend will be perhaps even colder although at the moment the models seem to be indicating that a sharp frontal zone may form at times near Ireland with the much colder air more likely to dominate in Britain and especially northern and eastern parts of Britain. Given the time scale, this outlook could change to something more like Ireland being on the colder side of the frontal boundary more frequently, so I wouldn't stress these details too much, the main theme of most model guidance at the moment is for increasing risks of very cold weather as we move into late January.

My local weather on Thursday saw an end to the falling snow which has maintained its 10-12 cm depth despite a rather mild high of 2 C, fortunately no drizzle or rain fell despite the low cloud ceiling all day obscuring views of nearby hills. A weak disturbance in Texas is about to grow into a moderate snow-producing storm heading east towards North Carolina by Sunday. Snowfalls of 10-20 cm are likely from about northern Arkansas and southern Missouri east to Virginia and Maryland. This storm will probably miss New York and Boston or, at the very most leave them with a slight dusting of snow Monday. Much colder weather is flooding south behind this developing storm, with more chances for snowfall in the eastern U.S. for the rest of the month, although a somewhat variable regime with the occasional milder day. These storms are heading northeast then north towards Baffin Island rather than crossing the Atlantic, but some of them will spawn low pressure near southern Greenland that could eject lows towards Scotland, it's when that storm track drifts further south that active wintry weather might begin to affect Ireland in a week to ten days' time.
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12-01-2019, 07:10   #5105
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TODAY ... Breezy, mild, outbreaks of light rain in north by afternoon, winds westerly 50 to 70 km/hr. Highs 9 to 12 C.

TONIGHT ... Breezy to windy at times, mild, drizzle or light rain in a few places, lows 5 to 7 C.

SUNDAY ... Breezy to windy, mild, although slightly colder in east Ulster, winds west to northwest 50 to 80 km/hr. Lows near 5 to 7 C and highs in the range of 8 to 11 C, mildest in south.

MONDAY ... Partly cloudy to overcast, mild, lows near 4 C and highs near 10 C.

TUESDAY ... Windy, showers and turning somewhat colder late in the day at least in north and west, winds west to northwest 50 to 80 km/hr, lows near 6 C and highs 8 to 10 C but temperatures 4 to 7 C by afternoon in north Connacht and west Ulster.

WEDNESDAY ... Rain at times overnight then becoming partly cloudy, with passing showers in a cold northwest wind, lows near 3 C and highs near 7 C.

THURSDAY ... Partly cloudy, rather cold, morning frosts. Lows -1 to +2 C, highs 6 to 9 C.

FRIDAY ... Increasing cloud, rain or drizzle, possibly mixing with sleet on higher ground in north, lows near 2 C and highs near 7 C.

OUTLOOK ... There may be a frontal boundary event shaping up for (on or about) Saturday 19th with sleet or snow possible in north and east, more likely rain and drizzle in south and west, before colder air advancing from the east replaces the remnants of the Atlantic flow which will be in a much weakened state by then, rapidly pushed far to the south by the collapsing frontal boundary low. This would imply the return of dry weather for some period of time under higher pressure, frosts at night and rather cold in the daytime. An even colder northerly flow could then develop after a day or two of this intermediate cold, so in general, it looks like a steady decline in temperatures from mid-week through this outlook period to who knows when ... it's possible that a lengthy cold spell will develop, perhaps with brief interruptions because some guidance suggests that the Atlantic will keep trying to fight back, if rather feebly, once the colder air establishes dominance.

My local weather was cloudy, almost calm, and rather mild, with a bit of mist from the slowly melting snow (which is still about 8-10 cm deep on the ground). The high was about 4 C. Snow has developed as expected in the Mississippi valley and is spreading towards West Virginia overnight, then into Virginia and Maryland on Saturday afternoon. About 10 to 20 cm is expected (or has already fallen in the St. Louis area).
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13-01-2019, 07:30   #5106
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TODAY ... Breezy to windy, mild, although slightly colder in east Ulster, winds west to northwest 50 to 80 km/hr. Highs in the range of 8 to 11 C, mildest in south. A few brief showers but only slight accumulations.

TONIGHT ... Partly cloudy, breezy, lows 3 to 6 C.

MONDAY ... Partly cloudy to overcast, highs near 10 C.

TUESDAY ... Windy, showers and turning somewhat colder late in the day at least in north and west, winds west to northwest 50 to 80 km/hr, lows near 6 C and highs 8 to 10 C but temperatures 4 to 7 C by afternoon in north Connacht and west Ulster.

WEDNESDAY ... Rain at times overnight then becoming partly cloudy, with passing showers in a cold northwest wind, lows near 3 C and highs near 7 C. Some showers will turn wintry over higher terrain, with hail at lower elevations, but there will also be more sunshine than most days this past few weeks.

THURSDAY ... Partly cloudy, rather cold, morning frosts. Lows -1 to +2 C, highs 6 to 9 C.

FRIDAY ... Increasing cloud, rain or drizzle, possibly mixing with sleet on higher ground in north, lows near 2 C and highs near 7 C. A frontal wave may create a band of sleet or wet snow in some parts of Ulster and north Leinster, and this could begin to shift further west although timing is uncertain this far out.

SATURDAY ... There is some chance of the frontal bands of mixed precipitation lingering, but eventually a colder and dry air mass will probably push this disturbance away and bring clearing. Best estimate on temperatures would be in the 2 to 6 C range.

SUNDAY and MONDAY appear likely to remain cold and dry with some risk of isolated wintry showers feeding in to the south and east coasts on easterly breezes. Sharp frosts -5 to -2 C, and cold daytime highs near 4 C.

OUTLOOK remains rather uncertain as to details but most guidance has cold gradually intensifying with the risk of severe cold spells developing, so stay tuned as we await some sort of model consensus -- this will be a long, slow transition from the current mild spell to the expected cold regime, and I expect there might be one or two brief attempts made by the Atlantic to get back into the game, whether that leads to frontal snowfalls or one-day mild interludes remains to be seen.

My local weather on Saturday was foggy for a while, then the sun tried to break through low stratus cloud layers, while snow on the ground took another slight decrease to 5 cms. The high was about 5 C, this is a very mild air mass and with no snow I think we would be closer to about 9 or 10 degrees. A fairly widespread snowfall across the Ohio valley region has spread into Virginia and Maryland, also southern PA, with amounts of 10 to 20 cms expected. This storm will eventually become the disturbance that approaches Ireland from the west on Thursday and Friday, with most guidance now agreeing that it will be weak and running into a colder easterly wind from the Baltic region; so the last actions of this weather system will be to drop mixed precipitation over parts of Ireland and southern Wales, southwest England by Friday and possibly Saturday morning. Then it will drift further south and die out over the Biscay region or in southwest France possibly.

The European model is showing a very strong snowstorm for the eastern U.S. next Sunday into Monday (20th-21st) if you happen to have travel plans to New York or any other location in the eastern U.S., expect some disruptions if this comes about. Other guidance is not as bullish on the storm but not entirely in opposition either. This would likely move north towards west Greenland or Baffin Island rather than crossing the Atlantic (as of current guidance).
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TODAY ... Breezy and still somewhat milder than average with brief passing showers and some brighter intervals too, winds westerly 50 to 70 km/hr at times, highs 8 to 11 C.

TONIGHT ... Partly to mostly cloudy, moderate westerly winds, lows 4 to 7 C.

TUESDAY ... Partly cloudy to overcast, rain developing in west by late in the day, moderate southwest winds and highs 8 to 12 C.

WEDNESDAY ... Turning much colder in the early morning hours and staying quite cold all day as winds veer to northerly 40 to 70 km/hr, passing showers of rain or hail at lower elevations, becoming mixed wintry showers on hills. Morning lows near 3 C and afternoon highs only 6 or 7 C at best.

THURSDAY ... Sunny intervals, cold, with scattered frosts in the morning. Lows -2 to +3 C, highs near 6 C.

FRIDAY ... Mostly cloudy, damp and drizzly with some risk of sleet or wet snow in parts of Ulster and north Leinster. Temperatures steady around 7 or 8 C to the west of a frontal boundary, and 3 to 5 C to the east. This frontal boundary could set up a little further west so stay tuned for the details on that. The further west it drifts, the colder temperatures might become to the east.

SATURDAY ... Continued outbreaks of sleet or wet snow in some eastern and southern counties, gradual clearing later, cold. Temperatures steady in the 3 to 5 C range and falling below freezing by evening.

SUNDAY ... Sharp frosts likely, then sunny but quite cold, lows -5 to -2 C and highs 3 to 6 C. Light east winds becoming southeast later.

MONDAY and TUESDAY may see a brief return to milder weather if some guidance is correct, but it may also become very windy at times with squally showers. The best guess for temperatures is around 7 C but other outcomes are possible.

OUTLOOK ... Almost all guidance is converging on a windy and cold end to January with occasional sleet or snow possible, and temperatures well below average at times (close to freezing daytime and around -3 C or lower at night). Some charts on various models look quite stormy and while we can have little confidence in any details this far ahead, the frequency of these stormy charts on almost all guidance makes me think that it's inevitable that something of that sort will occur within the period 23 to 31 January or into early February.

My local weather was very drab on Sunday, just a low overcast and temperatures steady near 2 C. Our snow cover stopped its slow decline and remains at about 5 to 7 cms. There is about a metre of snow at the 900 m elevation in the mountains above us though. Meanwhile, the snowstorm continued all day Sunday and Washington DC ended up with 25 cms. This low has moved out into the Atlantic and remnants of it will arrive near western Ireland by Friday morning.
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TODAY ... Partly cloudy to overcast, rain developing in west by late in the day, moderate southwest winds and highs 8 to 12 C.

TONIGHT ... Rain, blustery southwest winds veering to west then northwest, turning quite cold after midnight, lows near 3 C.

WEDNESDAY ... Turning much colder in the early morning hours and staying quite cold all day as winds veer to northerly 40 to 70 km/hr, passing showers of rain or hail at lower elevations, becoming mixed wintry showers on hills. Morning lows near 3 C and afternoon highs only 6 or 7 C at best.

THURSDAY ... Sunny intervals, cold, with scattered frosts in the morning. Lows -2 to +3 C, highs near 6 C.

FRIDAY ... Mostly cloudy, damp and drizzly with some risk of sleet or wet snow in parts of Ulster and north Leinster. Temperatures steady around 7 or 8 C to the west of a frontal boundary, and 4 to 6 C to the east.

SATURDAY ... Continued outbreaks of sleet or wet snow in some eastern and southern counties, gradual clearing later, cold. Temperatures steady in the 3 to 5 C range and falling below freezing by evening.

SUNDAY ... Sharp frosts likely, then sunny but quite cold, lows -5 to -2 C and highs 3 to 6 C. Light east winds becoming southeast later.

OUTLOOK ... Some guidance is advertising a return to milder and wet weather for a few days next week, while other guidance suggests any such change will be very brief and followed by colder east winds and mixed wintry showers in the flow off the Irish Sea. As there is such a wide array of outcomes we will just take note of the range and await further developments, but the colder portion of the guidance is not as cold as what we might be seeing later in the month, although cold enough to produce some snow in the mixture of showery precipitation.

My local weather remained cloudy and rather cold at about 2 C. The eastern regions of North America were dry and cold and will warm up gradually to near average temperatures, with some active weather expected again this coming weekend.

Sorry that I can't be very definitive about the trends next week but we are being bombarded with a steady stream of constantly changing guidance that keeps going off in new directions, earlier on Monday there was a set of model runs with intense windstorms next week, and that was more or less withdrawn from sight by this morning. It may return, though, so we can't rule out that outcome either. The uncertainty is being created by a set of unusual conditions in the arctic circulation which keeps the computer models in a perpetual state of confusion, since the eventual location of a polar vortex will determine the trends for several weeks to come. Right now, part of that is wobbling around over Greenland and northeast Canada, while another part has drifted into Scandinavia. Sometimes the models get chasing an idea of one portion taking over from the other, which is the underlying reason we are getting such variable guidance. We can be a little more certain that the mild spell is going to end tomorrow though, at least for the time being.
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TODAY ... Some sunshine and cold westerly winds at first, showers becoming more widespread and taking a wintry turn over higher parts of the north and west. Winds west to northwest 40 to 70 km/hr, highs 5 to 8 C, temperatures tending to drop in vicinity of heavier showers.

TONIGHT ... Partial clearing with widespread although not universal frost, most likely inland and in lower lying areas, lows -3 to +2 C.

THURSDAY ... Sunny with cloudy intervals, less windy but quite cold, highs 4 to 7 C.

FRIDAY ... Overcast, outbreaks of light rain trending to sleet or wet snow in parts of Ulster, north/east Connacht and Leinster. Highs about 4 or 5 C for most, but could reach 7 to 9 C in west Munster.

SATURDAY ... Some sleety showers lingering in the morning, more confined to south and east then clearing by afternoon, cold. Morning lows about 2 C and afternoon highs about 6 C.

OUTLOOK ... There remains some uncertainty about the trends beyond Saturday, the most likely scenario is for this modified cold air mass to linger with slight fluctuations in temperature as weak weather systems ripple along from northwest to southeast, but there is some chance of a colder trend too with east winds developing. Eventually it seems likely that a colder spell will develop as the Atlantic is only strong enough to send in very weak frontal systems without much if any warmth, so that there are two different processes that could lead to sleet or snow, easterly "sea effect" showers, or frontal mixed precipitation. I have the feeling that more reliable model output will be available next week once the shock effects of the changes at higher levels work their way through the system and the models have the usual less complicated tasks to process the data. What that more reliable scenario will be is anybody's guess at this point, almost all possibilities are on the table given the mix of players on the field.

My local weather continued overcast and got a bit colder, with the high only reaching -2 C. We are expecting a similar day today and then some light snow on Thursday. The east coast of North America is gearing up for some mixed sleety precipitation that will fall as heavy snow over higher ground inland from the major cities, but could be a mix of types near the coast. Something to mark on the calendar: if skies are clear on the night of 20th-21st (this coming Sunday night into Monday morning) a total eclipse of the moon will be visible in both Europe and most of North America. The midpoint of this lunar eclipse will be 0517 GMT Monday, or just after midnight in the eastern time zone of North America. For Irish readers, this means the opening stages of the eclipse would be after 0400h Monday and at that point the moon will be fairly high in the southwestern sky, even towards the end of the event around 0600h it will be well above the horizon setting in the west. North American viewers will catch this spectacle (where skies are clear) with the Moon high up in the southern sky (or in my western time zone, in the southeast and reasonably high up for viewing).
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17-01-2019, 07:22   #5110
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TODAY ... Sunny and cold with increasing cloud in west, highs 5 to 7 C. Isolated wintry showers are still possible over higher terrain in the north and west.

TONIGHT ... Increasing cloud for east, overcast in west, sleet or wet snow may develop inland after midnight, but cold rain near coasts. Lows before midnight could reach -2 deg C, and then temperatures will be slowly rising.

FRIDAY ... Mostly cloudy, outbreaks of sleet or wet snow in some higher areas of north spreading to east and inland south, but with rain closer to sea level, amounts generally rather light (5 mm rain, could see slushy coatings of snow on some hills). Highs near 5 C for most, but as warm as 9 or 10 C in coastal west.

SATURDAY ... A few more wintry showers from time to time, with a gradual brightening of skies for most by afternoon, staying rather cold, morning lows -1 to +3 C and afternoon highs 5 to 8 C.

SUNDAY ... Variable cloud, isolated wintry showers, lows near -2 C and highs near 6 C.

OUTLOOK ... There is growing confidence (as models converge on similar solutions) that a cold easterly wind will develop next week, with potential for snow although it may turn out to be mixed wintry showers close to sea level as temperatures are not quite as optimal for snow as we saw last year in late February and early March. Although it is mid-winter now, so the solar heating factor is lower, we do need to see upper level temperatures a degree or two lower before getting too concerned with snowfall accumulations, however some higher areas will probably see some buildup if these charts are accurate. There will also be a fair amount of wintry sunshine especially away from the east and south coasts where the wintry showers will be more prevalent in this pattern. Highs of about 2 to 5 C, and frosty lows of -5 to -2 C could be expected. Later next week, high pressure from near Iceland could approach for a few days leading to clear, cold and frosty weather, similar daytime temperatures but possibly even colder at night. Beyond that, some kind of wintry weather scenario could develop in a new phase, and one suggestion from the guidance would be a northerly with embedded snow showers. So that may take us towards the end of the month with no real reason to suspect that this cold spell will end very quickly into February. However, I should say that the overall situation, while clearer than it was a day or two ago, is by no means settled or inevitable the way most of us thought last winter's cold and snow scenario was going to turn out, so there is some room for alternative outcomes to jump up later.

My local weather on Wednesday was once again overcast and cold with a high near 1 C. Snow is going to be falling here by afternoon although we're not expecting more than 5 cms at most. The east coast U.S. storm forecast for the weekend continues to be mixed rain, sleet and snow near the larger cities and snow inland. A reminder, check yesterday's forecast for details on Monday morning's total eclipse of the Moon.
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TODAY ... Some further light rain in parts of Ulster and Leinster this morning, with sleet on some higher ground. Gradual clearing to partly cloudy skies later. There will still be a few isolated showers in the drier air mass, already evident around Galway, but these will be hit or miss with slight risk of hail. Rather cold especially in north and east today, highs 5 to 8 C. South and west coast may approach 10 C later.

TONIGHT ... Clearing for some areas will bring on a slight frost, and patchy ground fog. There will continue to be one or two isolated showers and somewhat more organized bands of light rain or sleet in the north. Lows -2 to +3 C.

SATURDAY ... Variable cloud, occasional showers, some risk of sleet or hail in these. Cold. Highs 5 to 8 C.

SUNDAY ... Cloudy with afternoon sunny intervals, cold, isolated wintry showers. Lows -3 to +1 C and highs 5 to 8 C.

MONDAY ... Sharp frosts in morning (some clear skies for eclipse viewing but very cold), lows -5 to -2 C. Increasing cloud during the day with an outbreak of sleety rain turning to wet snow over some higher terrain by the overnight hours. Highs 4 to 7 C. Becoming rather windy with this band of wintry precipitation (southwest 40 to 70 km/hr veering to northwest 50 to 90 km/hr).

TUESDAY and possibly WEDNESDAY will be cold, windy with wintry showers likely, some small accumulations of snow mainly over higher ground. Lows will be near -1 C and highs near 5 C.

OUTLOOK ... Most guidance continues to show even colder weather developing from the east, however, the set-up is a little "delicate" on some guidance and the full effect of this cold spell may be somewhat modified in Ireland as compared to Britain, or, it may be less wintry near the west coast if the colder air is able to extend into parts of eastern Ireland. Although there's some potential for snow, it may remain generally rather dry with this cold spell with Britain being more likely to see outbreaks of snow from the North Sea for two reasons, one being stronger east winds, the other being a deeper cold air mass reaching them. However, this is all rather speculative still and could change closer to the time. The best guess for temperatures later next week would be around -5 C at night and +3 C in the daytime. That could be adjusted by several degrees in either direction once we find out exactly how much of this easterly cold spell is going to impact Ireland.

My local weather on Thursday was overcast with very light snow falling from mid-day on, 2 cm has accumulated, and the high was -2 C. The eastern U.S. got a light snowfall in places ahead of a complex mixture of sleet, rain and snow expected on the weekend. The heaviest snow appears to be heading for Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York state and New England inland from the Atlantic coast. About 20-30 cms could fall in those states.

(reminder: total eclipse of the Moon visible from about 0430 to 0600h Irish time on Monday morning, weather permitting)
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TODAY ... Partly to mostly cloudy, a few widely scattered showers, some sleety over higher terrain. Rather cold, but winds should remain moderate at worst, with highs 6 to 9 C, the milder readings likely to be in Munster and south to west Connacht.

TONIGHT ... One or two residual showers could turn wintry as it will be rather cold, with some scattered light frosts possible. Lows about -2 to +3 C.

SUNDAY ... Variable cloud, some longer intervals of sunshine than we've been used to seeing most of this winter, but also isolated wintry showers. Highs 6 to 9 C.

MONDAY ... A sharp frost in the morning hours, but with clear intervals that promises a fairly good chance to see the total eclipse of the Moon between 0430 and 0600h (look to the west for the setting moon). Increasing cloud during the day with southwest winds becoming stronger, reaching 50 to 80 km/hr, followed by outbreaks of rain. Lows -4 to +1 C and highs 6 to 10 C.

TUESDAY ... Windy and turning colder, winds northwest 50 to 80 km/hr, outbreaks of sleet or cold rain possibly turning to snow on higher ground or even down to lower elevations at times, temperatures steady in the 3 to 5 C range.

OUTLOOK ... This is where the guidance diverges into two rather different camps. One portion suggests that most of the week will remain cool but not dramatically cold, with passing showers in northwest winds, and the risk of stronger winds developing by the weekend of 26th and 27th, eventually becoming quite cold before the month ends. The other camp says that the colder turn on Tuesday will just be the start of a prolonged colder spell with severe cold moving as close as Britain and possibly touching Leinster if not all of Ireland at times next week. That scenario promises snow showers in abundance for England and Scotland, not too sure about Ireland being included even if this camp wins out, but it could enter the forecast. Camp "A" would feature temperatures around 5 to 7 C daytime and 0 to 2 C overnight, while camp "B" would be several degrees colder than that (so no return to the very mild scenario earlier in the month either way). The reality could of course be a compromise of some of menu A and some of menu B. I would tell you my preference or hunch but I don't really have one given the roughly equal likelihood of either camp being right or wrong from all the signs available.

My local weather on Friday was overcast with very small amounts of drizzle but no further snow on top of the 3-4 cm fall we had the previous day. That remains on top of the previous now largely frozen 6 to 8 cms from earlier falls, so it looks wintry outside, although the snow depth here could be three or four times this much based on climatology. Up in the mountains around here they have about 40 cms which is also not quite a normal amount, so no big crises of snow as they are seeing in Austria this winter. The winter storm I've been mentioning is currently in Arkansas pumping up some very mild air into the southeast U.S., while much colder air rushes in to replace it across Kansas and Oklahoma tonight. This is producing snow further north around St Louis to Columbus Ohio, and that snow will move into PA, upstate NY and northern New England tomorrow into Sunday. The coastal cities will get a bit of everything (snow, sleet, freezing rain, rain, strong winds) and end up with a much colder blast from the northwest on Monday. This storm is important to the forecast because much depends on whether it ends up east or west of Greenland, and the two camps that I mentioned have two different outcomes on that question. (East takes it near Iceland and drops it into your part of the world by mid-week, west keeps it out of the developing situation over the north Atlantic which could tip the scales towards a colder outcome).
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TODAY ... A few showers with sleet mixing in on higher ground, but a general clearing trend by afternoon, rather chilly north to northeast winds 40 to 60 km/hr, but a bit of sunshine may compensate for that. Highs 5 to 8 C for most, near 10 C around coastal Munster and Connacht.

TONIGHT ... Clear intervals, very cold, frost in most areas. Lows -4 to -1 C. (eclipse of the moon visible 0430 to 0600h, look to your southwest to west as the event proceeds). Some fog patches in valleys by dawn. Widespread icy roads on less travelled routes, and a windscreen scrape likely to take a few minutes of your time (or take a container of hot water out with you, and save yourself the bother).

MONDAY ... Hazy sunshine and very cold in the morning, increasing cloud from northwest to southeast mid-day, a few raindrops or sleet on hills by early evening in Ulster and north Connacht, winds calm at first then increasing to southwest 50 to 80 km/hr. Highs 5 to 8 C.

TUESDAY ... Showers turning wintry as colder air returns from the northwest on gusty winds 50 to 80 km/hr. Hail, sleet and some snow in the mix, mingled with sunny breaks. Temperatures steady in the 2 to 5 C range. Feeling very cold in the wind.

WEDNESDAY ... Still rather cold but mild enough that any showers will probably be sleet or rain, lows near -2 C inland, +2 C coastal and cities, then highs near 7 C. Moderate west to northwest winds.

OUTLOOK ... Most guidance is still roughly similar to what we discussed yesterday, I won't go through all that again, but there seems to be a consensus that one or two milder days will return before a more prolonged cold spell is even possible, and there it's a case of getting things to line up so that winds turn sufficiently northerly then perhaps easterly to tap the much colder air lurking off in those directions. I would say confidence in a significant cold spell is moderate rather than low or high. It's better (if you want a cold spell) than just faint signs, but it would be ideal if the models picked up a more robust signal and developed it along similar lines, because one wants to bring in cold air from the north, another from the east, and a third one might be more about cold just developing locally from a lack of milder air moving into the leftover transitional air mass. So it's still a wait and see scenario past mid-week.

My local weather on Saturday failed to produce any snow as the bands broke up just before reaching us, but it looks like being delivered overnight now, with gradual clearing on Sunday. We might see the eclipse through broken cloud layers (on Sunday evening in our time zone) or we might not, this valley often stays cloudier than most other parts of the region. Meanwhile, snow is spreading through Pennsylvania into New York state and parts of New England away from the Atlantic coast, as well as southern Ontario and Quebec. Some places may get as much as 40 cms. Sleet and freezing rain is more prevalent near the coast, with a heavy rain in parts of Virginia to southern New Jersey and Long Island. Airport delays are likely for travellers in the eastern and central U.S. as much colder air hits on Monday, with icing problems.

(one last reminder -- eclipse visible before sunrise Monday, check it any time after 0430h, looking to southwest in Ireland, or in eastern North America, high to south around 11 p.m. to midnight. Midpoint of totality is 0517 GMT).
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TODAY ... Increasing cloud this morning, staying quite cold with the frost slowly dissipating. Overcast with outbreaks of light rain by afternoon or evening, winds increasing to southwest 50 to 80 km/hr. Highs eventually reaching 5 to 8 C.

TONIGHT ... Rain changing to sleet, some snow especially on higher terrain, winds veering to northwest 50 to 80 km/hr. Lows near 1 C.

TUESDAY ... Windy and cold with mixed wintry showers, some accumulations of snow on hills, sleet or hail showers near sea level, mixed with some sunny breaks, in gusty west to northwest winds 50 to 80 km/hr, adding chill factor to highs only 4 to 6 C. Feeling closer to -1 C. Some thunder possible with showers of various types.

WEDNESDAY ... Breezy and rather cold, passing showers more sleet or rain, with some hail, than snow as temperatures warm slightly, lows about -1 C and highs about 7 C.

THURSDAY ... Variable cloud, isolated showers, highs near 8 C.

FRIDAY ... Windy and milder (briefly) with highs about 11 C.

SATURDAY ... Rain or sleet, some snow showers on hills, windy and cold, temperatures steady near 5 C.

OUTLOOK ... This pattern of largely cold (modified rather than severe cold) and briefly milder interludes will continue the following week, according to most guidance. Timing is not that reliable so far in advance but the next cycle of brief milder weather should occur around mid-week with the following colder spell later in the week near the end of January. There is always going to be some risk of severe cold developing as the guidance is only approximately reliable in this situation. If that does happen, then some risks of heavier snow would arise, but in this modified cold pattern, the snow is likely to be fleeting and mostly (although not always) confined to hilly areas.

My local weather on Sunday continued mostly cloudy and rather mild with a high near 3 C. We had marginal viewing conditions in the evening (in our time zone) for the lunar eclipse, but those improved slowly towards the end of the totality phase, so we got a fairly good view although from what I've seen on the internet, a much subdued colour through the higher cloud layers. With that partial clearing it has dropped below -2 C here. They are digging out of the heavy snow in parts of the interior northeastern U.S. but as we speculated, it was mostly mixed liquid to frozen types on the coast in the larger cities. One of the heavier snowfalls was about 50 cms in the Lake Ontario snowbelt areas from Rochester to Watertown NY. Burlington VT also got about 40 cms. Boston MA has had less snow this winter (so far) than just about anywhere that normally gets snow, a mere 5 cms most of which was in this storm. Even New York and Washington DC have had more. Philadelphia has also had very small amounts. Seattle WA however has had zero snowfall for the winter, which is a bit unusual (their average is about 25 cms). The Midwest and Great Lakes regions have had near normal amounts of snow in most cases.
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22-01-2019, 07:32   #5115
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Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

Forecasts for Ireland



TODAY ... Windy and cold with mixed wintry showers, some accumulations of snow on hills, sleet or hail showers near sea level, mixed with some sunny breaks, in gusty west to northwest winds 50 to 80 km/hr, adding chill factor to highs only 4 to 6 C. Feeling closer to -1 C. Some thunder possible with showers of various types. Heavier showers of all types are likely to be found in north and west but could happen anywhere. Watch for patches of black ice on roads both this morning and again this evening after sunset.

TONIGHT ... Breezy and cold, icy on some secondary roads, lows -2 to +2 C. Passing sleety showers with a renewed risk of snow accumulations on higher ground in north.

WEDNESDAY ... Breezy and rather cold, passing showers more sleet or rain, with some hail, than snow as temperatures warm slightly, lows about -1 C and highs about 7 C.

THURSDAY ... Variable cloud, isolated showers, highs near 8 C except 10 to 12 C near west coast. Winds backing to westerly and increasing to 40 to 70 km/hr.

FRIDAY ... Windy and milder (briefly) with highs about 11 C. This may last to late afternoon then much colder air will return on Friday night or at the latest, early morning Saturday (some difference of opinion on timing). Rain will accompany this front and turn to sleet and wet snow overnight in some higher parts of the north and west.

SATURDAY ... Rain or sleet, some snow showers on hills, windy and cold, temperatures steady near 5 C or falling slowly, reaching 2 C by late afternoon and below freezing overnight.

OUTLOOK ... The guidance continues to be fairly similar on most models and shows a continuing pattern of cold unstable air masses persisting about 70% of the time and milder Atlantic flows intruding for the other 30%. While this would not be severe wintry cold, it will tend to bring more snow to west and north than an easterly might have done, and certainly a lot less to east coast locations. Eventually there are some signs of a turn in wind direction towards the northeast by the end of the month. That might bring on even colder weather eventually.

My local weather was a welcome change to sunshine and highs near 2 C in a rather chilly northwest wind. We now have a frozen snow pack of about 5-10 cms that will require heavy rain or very mild temperatures to thaw, otherwise it looks like snow but feels like ice (and it cannot be moved very easily). Up in the local mountains there is a softer snow pack of about 40 cms. The eastern regions of North America (at least inland from the coast) saw bright cold weather and they have massive snow or ice problems in the wake of the major storm on the weekend, with no thaw and bitter cold near -20 C. Yet the next storm coming along is supposed to bring a mix of rain and snow to some of these areas and another rainfall to the coastal cities (around Thursday). Snow lovers in that part of the world at least have local mountains where they can find lots of snow, but the coastal plain is now bare after some snow fell about a week ago there.

Anyway, keep your guard up (or your hopes high if you want snow and cold) because the pattern at the moment is one where much colder trends could easily develop, the modified milder intrusions from the Atlantic could turn into battleground snow or sleet scenarios in another week or two with just a slight southward shift in the jet stream.
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