Someone has put a curse on Tuesdays.
This week, we had Winter Storm Leon attacking the South on Tuesday. Last week, it was Winter Storm Janus on Tuesday, attacking the MidAtlantic and Northeast. Both storms included extreme cold temps, snow and wind, a concoction of conditions that combine to create weather ranging from miserable to dangerous. This week, Leon included freezing rain in the South, which is about the worst.
Watch out next week! The Weather Channel is already forecasting a couple more storms, and I’ll bet Tuesday will once again be a bad day in the MidAtlantic and Northeast.
Seems that the Jet Stream has changed its path yet again. The past two weeks, the Jet Stream has dipped way down South, allowing freezing Alberta Clippers to swoop down from Canada creating storms Janus and Leon.
Now, the Weather Channel is charting a course showing the Jet Stream coming South way out West and streaming gradually north as it crosses America. Therefore, instead of high-pressure systems swooping down from Canada, we’ll be getting low-pressure systems generated along the Pacific coast and moving pretty much straight west to east, all the way to the East Coast. At least that’s the way I understand it (if I understand it at all).
The good news for Maryland and Philadelphia is that we’ll probably be in the rain zone for the coming week’s storms. Only a little farther north, it could be freezing rain in the New York City area, and snow.
But not to worry. That’s next week. The Super Bowl will be safely in the history books by then. The February weather will make me wish I could go south with the Orioles or the Nats for Spring Training. But as usual, I don’t see my name on the roster. I’m available if any team wants to offer me a contract. I work cheap.
— John Hayden