We’ve entered a very quiet weather pattern that will hold until Saturday night. By Saturday evening, clouds will begin to increase with the approach of our next storm system. This system will bring milder air from the Gulf and will be all liquid. All of next week looks rather mild, especially compared to what we’ve been experiencing. Then, things should start to change by the end of next week, with the approach of yet another storm system.
It’s then that folks really want to know what’s going to happen with Christmas weekend. Models have consistently shown a storm system in our area for that time frame. This morning, the models hint at a front stalling out or really slowing down, bringing a few days of rain that may extend to Christmas Day. I’ll keep you posted. I still don’t see snow, but it’s still too early to know for sure. Keep in mind that, statistically, we only have about a 10% chance of a white Christmas on any given year. Every time I tell someone that statistic I think of that scene from Dumb and Dumber when Lloyd ask Mary, “What do you think the chances are of a guy like you and girl like me ending up together? Just give it to me straight!” Mary, “Not good. I’d say more like one out of a million.” Lloyd, “So you’re telling me there’s a chance. YEAH!” So, when you read that I say there’s always just a 10% chance of a white Christmas you can say, “So you’re telling me there’s a chance! YEAH!”
Don’t forget the meteor shower this week! You can still see meteors right on through the weekend. We just have to make sure clouds don’t hinder our viewing. I went out again last night to look but that wind just about froze me to death. Also, the International Space Station flies over tonight at 6:00 pm. Look for a big, bright and rather fast moving star in the northwest moving toward the north-northeast at about 68 degrees above the horizon. It’ll be visible for 3 minutes. This is the current crew on board the ISS today. As of Dec. 4, the ISS has been manned for 17 years, flying at about 254 miles up above us. For much more on the ISS, please see https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html.
Looking at some records for today I found a doozy! On this date in 1924 the temperature at Helena, Montana dropped nearly 80 degrees in 24 hours! The temp went from 63 degrees to 25 below zero! At Fairfield, Montana the temperature dropped from 63 degrees at noon to 21 below zero at midnight! Folks, that’s what you call a strong cold front!
I’ll keep an eye on that Christmas forecast for ya!
Finally, don’t forget the benefit we’re having today for Jonathan in the Old Break Room. Come hungry because we have LOTS of chili (with all the fixings) and lots of good desserts!