Temperatures will be quite bouncy over the Midwest and Chicago metro area the next few days, but much calmer than last weeks storms. The bouncing temperatures the product of several passing weather systems as the upper air pattern flips back and forth. The good news is that climatologically speaking the coldest part of winter is now over. In Chicago our normal high is now up to 35 and rising. It will be up to 40 by the end of the month.
After a mild sunny day yesterday in Chicago with a high in the mid 40s, today has turned cloudy and cooler, but still above normal. With colder air moving in tonight, highs on Friday will only reach basically into the upper 20s and lower 20s on Saturday, with lows in the teens. Highs by Sunday though will be back to around 30 and into the lower 40s for Monday. A few flurries will accompany the colder air tonight and Friday, with a little lake effect snow over northwest Indiana.
With the warming Monday will be rain. The rain may change to snow before ending Monday night. The longer range computer models are developing a strong storm just east of the metro area Tuesday. At this point in time if the rain changes to snow before ending it does not look like a big deal. To be determined.
The National Hurricane Center has released an extremely extensive report on superstorm Sandy. From the beginning of the system off Africa, to it becoming a hurricane (warm core) over the Caribbean, and eventually an extra tropical storm (cold core) with landfall over New Jersey. From wind gusts, to rainfall, to storm surge, to flooding. The graphic shows the path of the storm once it was named. All the details can be found here. It is worth at least glancing through. Be sure to look at the color graphics at the end of the report.
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