I know I shouldn't be editorializing about the weather, but after a shriek-worthy Pioneer Winter and a cruel, soggy, November-like spring, we finally have reason to cheer!
Today will be the day you were daydreaming about back in February. Or last week, come to think of it. Blue sky, a few popcorn cumulus clouds this afternoon, a gentle breeze and very little humidity. No skeeters showing up on Doppler, either. Perfect.
Sneak off to the cabin early (even if you don't have a cabin) and make the most of tomorrow. Saturday still looks like the driest day of the 3-day weekend with lake-worthy highs in the upper 70s to near 80F.
The approach of a sticky warm front ignites random T-storms Saturday night into Monday. Not a continuous rain event, but when it does rain it may come down pretty hard at times.
I would wager a stale bagel that Sunday will be the wettest day, with a few hours of rain. By Memorial Day we break out into a partly sunny, murky airmass on the warm side of the front. Highs surge into the low 80s, with a nagging, late-day thunder risk. In fact every day next week will bring 80s. Instant summer.
Today's blog includes weekend weather details and NOAA's official hurricane prediction for 2014.
* The Orlando Sentinel reminds us that it's not the sheer number of hurricanes and tropical storms that matter - but where they go, and how intense they become before landfall.
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File photo credit above: "Marines move military vehicles near the entrance to Marine Corps Camp Pendleton in front of smoke plumes from the Las Pulgas wildfire burning on base Friday, May 16, 2014, in Oceanside, Calif. San Diego County officials said Friday five wildfires have been 100 percent contained. Still, crews were focusing efforts on two large fires — one in the city of San Marcos and two blazes at the Marine Corps' Camp Pendleton." (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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Will Climate Change Affect The Future of Travel? Here's a clip from an interesting perspective from petergreenberg.com: "...According to the assessment, more than 1.2 million people move to coastal areas within the United States each year. Today, those populations make up 164 million, or 50 percent of the country’s population. Many of these individuals move for better work opportunities, tourism included. Almost 5 million Americans live less than four feet above the local high tide level for their area. These areas also include hundreds of billions of dollars of property. Additionally, more than 180 million tourists travel to U.S. coasts each year...."