The 70s Are Coming! Blow Torch City!

What an incredible turn of events we’re going to see next week. Daytime high temperatures may end up being close to 30 degrees warmer by the end of the week [Saturday (3/10)] ) than they will be to start out the week [Monday (3/5)].

Surface high pressure will work it’s way off the eastern seaboard by midweek allowing for a strong southwesterly wind to develop east of the Mississippi River. At the exact same time the upper level connection between the negative PNA (Pacific North American pattern) and the southeastern ridge activates. You often times here the saying what goes up must come down, and vice versa. The PNA works the same way. In it’s negative state, low pressure develops in the Gulf of Alaska. But while pressures are down near Alaska, they come up [high pressure (southeastern ridge)] off the coast of Florida. The winds around this upper level ridge also blow in a clockwise direction just like the surface high. Therefore, the result will be the direction of the wind thoughout the entire column of air(from the surface to about 20,000 feet) will be out of the southwest. That means WARM, WARM, WARM!

Adding to this, the Gulf of Mexico is very warm for this time of the year because of the lack of cold air this winter season. The Atlantic Ocean is very warm for this time of the year because of the lack of cold air this winter season and the soil temperatures East of the Mississippi River are very warm for this time of the year because of the lack of cold air this winter season. You starting to get the idea here? lol

This will be a true blow torch pattern developing from March 8th – 14th. Daytime high temperatures may reach 70 degrees both Saturday (3/10) and Sunday (3/11) of next week. My gift to you, enjoy!

We typically hit 70 degrees three times (on average) during the month of March anyway. However, the month of March just began and our normal high temperature for this time of the year is still in the upper 40s! So to get this kind of warmth this early in the month is pretty impressive. Let us not forget, technically it’s still winter. Well, quite honestly winter was over before it even started, but you get the idea. Enjoy the warm up my friends!

-Chris Sowers-


About Chris Sowers

I'm the weekend meteorologist for WPVI-TV, Action News in Philadelphia. I've been forecasting for nearly twelve years now. Some of my stops along the way include Bowling Green, Kentucky and the windy city of Chicago, Illinois. I have an identical twin brother, Gary, and a younger brother Jason. I'm a big sports nut. I watch everything from football to baseball to hockey, even horse racing. Another passion of mine is finance. There's nothing like making money, and lots of it! But most of all I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I have a little niece, Gabriella, and four year old nephew Hayden. They both mean the world to me. So much so that I've started a little segment on my Action News facebook fan page called "Gabby says". Once a week little Gabriella gives her forecast to the city of "Brotherly Love!" You can catch me Saturday and Sunday mornings from 6-8am, 9-10:30am and then again at noon.
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