I’ve had almost no computer access for 2 weeks, and I’ve been following weather only at a distance by occasional television reports, including Hurricane Ida’s amazing transformation to a nor’easter the week of November 9. But I’m back for Thanksgiving, and for most of the winter ahead, though it might take me a bit to get back in the weather groove after a couple of weeks primarily dedicated to helping my mother start to clear out a family home of four decades in Arkansas, following my father’s passing in October.
What I do know is this: We’ve had lots of cutting-off low-pressure systems moving very slowly because the jet stream has been stuck to the north, in a mainly west-to-east flow, and hasn’t become deeply involved in our weather pattern yet. So we haven’t seen any shivering blasts of Arctic air yet, nor have we seen the more vigorous cold-season type storm systems yet (a hurricane transforming into a nor’easter doesn’t quite cut it ont that score).
But we do have a cold front moving through on Thanksgiving that will trigger some upslope-type snow showers, mainly west of Roanoke … though perhaps we get a flake or two into the Roanoke Valley early on Black Friday.
It’s been a personally challenging fall for me and my family, and both struggle and joy continue into the winter of 09-10. But it’s nice to be back on the weather blog, and I’m very thankful for everyone who has followed Weather Journal in print and online the past 7 years.