Get ready for some crispy air… which is filtering into the region as I write this on the Thursday before Memorial Day weekend. By Friday morning, temperatures will be edging into the 30s°F in some places!
And by Saturday morning, some lawns and rooftops may even sport swatches of frost!
Not to be outdone, though, the higher elevations of Vermont, New Hampshire and eastern New York may see wet snow mix in enough so that some sloppy accumulations are possible!
But at least the atmosphere will behave with plenty of sunshine locally… even if it doesn’t FEEL like Memorial Day, it will LOOK like Memorial Day, LOL.
232 days – it took over 30 years for Anchorage to set a new record for the longest snow season on record.
The National Weather Service measured 2/10ths of an inch just after 9 p.m. Friday and 1/10th Saturday morning – breaking the old record of 230 days set in 1981-1982.
Anchorage police responded to 22 crashes, 4 with injuries and 37 vehicles in distress between midnight and noon Saturday. Police say roads were wet and not icy midday and “motorists should use caution if the temperatures drop below freezing.
Other parts of the city had much higher amounts of snow, however official measurements must be consistent and observed at the Sand Lake forecast office. The recent snowfall also broke the daily record for liquid precipitation, lowest maximum temperature for May 17, and a host of other records.
A large meteorite struck the lunar surface in March creating the largest and brightest explosion witnessed by cameras. It was so bright, that an observer might have been able to actually see it without the aid of a telescope!
The responsibility for monitoring the skies at airports across the country may shift from meteorological professionals to air traffic controllers, with little weather experience, if a proposal from the Federal Aviation Administration moves forward.
Both the professionals weather observers, whose jobs are at risk, and aviation groups have expressed concern that air traffic controllers may not be up to the task of keeping pilots apprised of rapidly changing weather conditions.