First, let me confess that I have a particular affinity for cold temperatures and snow. Spending all of the first half of my life in the snowbelts of the Northeast, I grew up with a fascination of winter storms. Decades later, it’s still with me.
With that disclaimer in hand, I can’t shake the feeling that this winter could be a lot different from recent ones. “Snow drought” pretty much sums up the past several years for Virginia. Could this year bring a reversal? While many climatological indicators don’t support this thesis, it’s hard to deny that the fall pattern so far has been quite cool over the East, with notable early-season dips southward in the jet stream.
There are some hints in the computer guidance for a significant cold spell (much colder than our current cool-snap) towards the end of this month. With such pattern gyrations occurring in greater frequency this year versus prior years, it’s not a stretch to speculate that, longer-range, wintry weather could make a surprise visit well before the official arrival of the season.
Posted by Jim Duncan (Posted on 10/19)