Friday January 8 2021

This morning a weak storm in the southeast US has provided us with clouds, but that’s about it. This was the first of a few systems we were tracking ahead of the arctic air, and this one stays to our south. To me, this signals that the cold air is dominant and we need to watch the take that surge on the way seriously.


January 8 weather Friday morning



For the short term, just seasonal cold air with sunshine over the weekend.  The next system on Tuesday also appears to be staying south. As I wrote in my last report, the models have been very poor guidance flipping daily about what that will bring. Also, a signal that what is about to happen in the atmosphere with respect to the Polar Vortex and Arctic Jet is going to be a major event.  Those are actually words of experts with higher degrees than I have, so hardly an exaggeration.


Morning Temperatures 

January 8 weather rain snow temperatures Friday morning


Morning Radar


January 8 weather rain snow radar Friday morning



Afternoon Forecast

January 8 weather Friday afternoon


January 8 weather temperatures Friday afternoon


Forecast Snapshot

The weekend weather will actually be sunny for a change. However, temperatures will remain near or below seasonal average.

January 8 weather forecast central Maryland




January 8 weather temperatures Saturday morning


January 8 weather temperatures Saturday afternoon



Looking Ahead:

This morning, The GFS Model takes the lead on the showing ‘something’ next Tuesday, but it appears like mostly rain.   The European has flipped back the other way once again showing northing.

January 8 weather Tuesday



First Signs Of The Arctic Air

Here is a look at the upper level temperatures. These maps show the 850mb, which is roughly 5,000 Ft above the ground.

*This has been edited. I had a typo before with the 500mb jet stream on my brain. This is where the 18,000 Ft level is  located.

The first push of arctic will be by next Friday, and in place next weekend.  The follow up should be event colder/stronger.


January 8 weather arctic 850mb upper level temperatures Jan 15



January 8 weather arctic 850mb upper level temperatures Jan 16


January 8 weather arctic 850mb upper level temperatures Jan 22


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This product is for Baltimore at BWI, and only a guide. It may not fully represent how cold the air may be.


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