Saturday, January 26, 2008

Dreary start to the weekend, but sun for Sunday!

Before we got started about our forecast, I wanted to show this picture from California's Mt Wilson Observatory. This week has been a hard one for the left coast, having been pounded by some significant rains and snows. This picture shows a great view but doesn't tell the whole story. Scientists there had to shut the telescopes down due to the snow, and staffers had to man the snowplows that had not been used for at least a year! California is expecting yet another round of rain and snow into next week, which could continue to cripple portions of that state.

We have cloudy skies across North Carolina today as low pressure skirts our coast. it will continue to pull Northward and intensify, which could being some nasty seas off the NE coast Sunday, but should not be a big an impact to New England's weather.
High pressure will come in for Sunday and Monday and we'll see sunshine and a return to 50-degree weather once again. We'll even see another powerful storm make its way through south central Canada into tuesday, dragging a cold front toward NC. Since we're at the southernmost edge of this system, we're not expecting a lot of precipitation in the form of rain, but every little bit helps.
We'll also get another chance for rain Thursday into friday. Check your forecast here at News 14 Carolina for updates!

Video bloggers, I mentioned that I had a couple opf good reads for you. The pictures I had from the internet of the covers were so small that you never would have been able to read them on the video screen, so thanks for joining me here to see them.

These are not new books, so if you've already seen them, great! There are some folks new to NC or just developing an interest in our weather, so here's a couple of almost 'old standards' from the weather bookshelf.

The first one is North Carolina's Hurricane History by Jay Barnes. Its been out for some time, but worth bringing to one's attention. This has a great perspective from the colonial era through modern times. North Carolina's Hurricane History is a popular illustrated history of the more than fifty great storms that have battered the Tar Heel state from the days of the first European explorers through 1999's devastating hurricane Floyd, which caused $6 billion in damages. Jay Barnes examined newspaper reports, National Weather Service records, and eyewitness descriptions to compile this extraordinary chronicle, which also features nearly 300 photographs, maps, and illustrations.

The next one is North Carolina Weather and Climate, by Peter J. Robinson. Robinson is professor of geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and director of the North Carolina Climate Program. He is coauthor of Contemporary Climatology.
If you wanted to get a good idea of how weather works here, this is a great book!

Have a great Saturday!

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