Images: Full moon last night from two different view points color and grey scaled
SYNOPSIS: Easter is the first Sunday after the first full moon, after the first day of spring. And it's official. Just look at the moon we had last night!
Low pressure off the mid-Atlantic coast this morning will continue to swing off to the northeast and up the coast of New England during the day creating "the pits" for weather up that way. Meanwhile, a broad area of strong high pressure is centered over the central GOM (Gulf of Mexico). This high will shift slowly east and continue to be our weather maker for the next...ugh....8-10 days (at least).
TODAY: Clear skies to start the day with a porch temperature of 56 degrees. PAFB was 55 last I looked and Melbourne was somewhere around 53 or 52. Winds were from the west at 10-15 mph. Remaining clear with maybe a few scraps of stratocumulus (negligible amounts)...and a high a tad cooler than yesterday at 73 degrees.
TONIGHT: Clear with a coastal low of 55. Closer to 49 west of the Indian River.
WEDNESDAY: Clear and high of 74.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Clear, low of 58.
THURSDAY-WEEKEND: Finally, we will have temps right on what is considered normal by Thursday...then above normal from Friday thru the weekend under mostly a clear sky, and that includes Easter Sunday. I'm not getting anywhere NEAR the pier if I can help it during the weekend. It was bad enough last Saturday with the reggae fest.
NEXT WEEK: Continued warmer than normal through Thursday. I'll precariously introduce the fact that chances of a quick shot of rain and maybe storms followed by a very brief but potent cool down enters the picture way out there by next weekend sometime...but that is too far off to hang a hat on by any means.
This pattern looks more and more like our April dry period. But it should be noted that past El Nino years have wielded a double edged sword later in our severe weather season (Feb/March). As noted by the NWS in Melbourne:I
"THE TWO MOST NOTABLE CASES WERE IN APRIL 1958/1966 WHEN STRONG
TORNADOES OCCURRED IN CENTRAL FLORIDA. SO ONE CANNOT SAY THAT THE
SEVERE WEATHER SEASON IS OVER YET."