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A Wintry Weather Pattern Looks To Set In Towards The Later Half Of Next Week

You’re probably going to hear a lot more from me in the coming couple of weeks as the weather pattern looks to change to a much more wintry one as we head towards the middle and end of next week. This wintry weather pattern looks to persist right into at least the first half of March. In fact, I think that March could very well end up being our snowiest month of this pitiful and pathetic winter, in terms of snow. As you probably have seen yourselves, the last couple of days have been extremely unusual in terms of the flora and fauna coming to life. I even heard peepers last night. Unfortunately, if you don’t want winter to come roaring back, our very mild weather pattern is going to come to a screeching halt as we get into next week and beyond. A large scale upper level trough of low pressure will gradually build into the eastern United States beginning next week with this upper level trough remaining in place right into early March. In terms of potential storm threats, the first storm that I’m watching closely looks to show up around Thursday of next week as a low pressure system passes near or just south of the south coast of New England. We are going to have to watch how much cold air is able to seep in from the north allowing for either snow or ice to occur across the entire area during the day on Thursday. A second storm threat looks to be on the boards for around next Sunday or next Monday (February 26-27) as yet another low pressure system moves through the region. There could be a little more cold air available for this second storm and because of this, we’re going to have to watch the snow potential for this second one. Finally, a third storm threat is also showing up in the weather data for around the March 3 to 5 time frame and given the cold air that could present across the area, we’re going to have to watch the snow potential with this system as well. Bottom line is that it looks like I’ll be pulling out my forecast snow maps and sending them out to you (really first time since December!!) possibly as early as Wednesday of next week. Finally – I have seen reports from parts of the area that there has been dirt and soot residue in the rain from last night and today. I know there’s a lot of fear and misinformation out there in terms of that this residue could be from the East Palestine Ohio train derailment. I’ve spent much of the day trying to figure out whether it is true or not, just because any air quality issues would also affect my health and my family’s health. I can say, based on the information I’ve gathered, that the residue left by the rain was caused by particulates from large wildfires and a dust storm in Oklahoma. This has been proven with taking individual, non-biased scientific measurements of the pH levels of the rainfall. These pH levels are showing levels of around 6.5. Normal rainwater is 5.6 and acidic rain is anything below 4.5. This means that acid rain from the train derailment is unlikely and the quality of the rainwater today is from the Oklahoma dust and soot. This was also confirmed using the tracking of actual observations of air quality. In this, I was able to track the dust and soot from eastern Oklahoma to the northeastern United States. I hope this information will help you and alleviate any fears or worry you may have.

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