High pressure is large and in charge of our weather bringing clear and cool conditions for days.
This Afternoon: Mostly Sunny and Cool
Highs: Upper 40s to near 50 | Wind: NNE 10
Tonight: Clear and Chilly
Lows: 25-35 | Wind: N 5
Thursday: Mostly Sunny
Highs: Low 50s | Wind: NE 5
High Pressure will be our controlling weather feature for the large part of the week. The high will anchor itself to our North and block out any approaching weather systems keeping us with northerly winds which holds the temperatures down. While our weather will stay cooler than average again for the better part of the week (average high today: 59), we will see beautiful conditions with lots of sunshine.
Speaking of the sun, there was a spectacular display of Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, last night and early this morning. There were several m-class flares that lead to the show. Check out this image from the Solar Dynamics Observatory. Here's another one from NASA. While this was a moderate strength event, it did create Auroras as far South as Ohio. I haven't seen any reports of sightings here unfortunately, but we are in an active solar cycle that should peak in 2013. Meaning, we hopefully will have several other opportunities in the future. My buddy, Thomas Spence, lives in the arrowhead of Minnesota, and shares this picture with WJLA taken early this morning.
- Aurora Borealis photo taken by Thomas Spence
There is also an amazing gallery at http://spaceweather.com/gallery/index.php?title=aurora&title2=lights I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
In the meantime, we'll continue to watch the potential for a coastal storm late this weekends. Models looked good for a large system Sunday and Monday yesterday, but they have backed off today. I will keep showers in the forecast for Sunday for now, but stay tuned for changes. Updates as always online at www.wjla.com/weather and the news at noon on ABC7 or online at www.wjla.com/live