Thursday, March 15, 2012

A summer-like preview, 
before winter has ended!

7:35 AM EDT 3/15/12 (Forecaster Mike N.) Did you know yesterday was "PI Day" ? Whether you celebrated with a slice of pie, or a very long number, much of the country with the exception of the west coast experienced quite a hot slice themselves. Temperatures in the 70s and 80s will be common once again around the nation today, as we continue in this summer-like preview before winter has even ended! 

Today's prime areas for significant weather: Our Pacific Northwest zone - 

A few showers and thunderstorms will be possible near the Ohio Valley, but with the Jet Stream so far north, the primary areas of storminess have shifted into Canada. The U.S. west coast is the only area not seeing the warm conditions as elsewhere, with a major winter storm impacting the coastline today. This storm has brought high winds and wintry weather to the higher elevations of California and the Cascades. 

In the east, a sprawling high pressure just off the coast will hold the western storm system back for the next few days. Showers and some thunderstorms will slowly build along the Deep South as moisture transport from the Gulf increases, but no significant severe weather is expected. 

We hope you enjoy this wonderful day along the East and Midwest, and hold on to your hats if you're in Cali!

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