Saturday, February 12, 2011

Quiet, windy weather prevails for most

Mother Nature has decided to reward most of the country with a MUCH NEEDED break from the long stretch of wintry weather.

The reason behind this is the upper-level wind pattern (or the jet stream).

In the map below - you can see what the pattern will be like for the next 3 to 5 days.  A large ridge of high pressure means quiet weather for the center of the country with dry and mild conditions.

However - it will be windy for locations along and under the flow of winds. So we are talking all the locations in yellow and orange - as well as the reds and pinks.

Unsettled weather can be expected across the Pacific Northwest states and across the northeast states - where the jet streams dips.  These dips are caused by areas of low pressure.

The ridge in the middle is caused by high pressure - and that translates into pretty decent weather!

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