Sunday, March 9, 2014
As The Skiing Weatherman, Herb Stevens has been the go-to guy for snow conditions for skiers and riders for more than 25 years, first on televisions stations up and down the East Coast, and now on newspaper-related web sites. A lifetime New England skier, Herb travelled the world as a caddy on the PGA Tour for five years before launching his career as a meteorologist. After one year at WJAR-TV in Providence, R.I., he became one of the original on-camera meteorologists at The Weather Channel, and later was chief meteorologist at WNYT-TV in Albany, N.Y. While at WNYT, Herb pioneered a weekly on-snow ski report, which later became his full-time job as The Skiing Weatherman.
I hope you were able to get out on the slopes over the weekend, because the slopes and trails of the northeast were in their best condition of the season thus far, thanks in large part to the major snowstorm of last Wednesday.
If you weren’t able to make the trip to the hills, I hope you at least skied or rode vicariously by watching coverage of the Olympics. The downhill has always been my favorite event, and this year’s men’s course was amazing - 3,600-plus feet of vertical drop over more than two miles covered in a little more than two minutes.
This week is going to start out crisp and cold across the northeast, as high pressure glides down over the region between now and Wednesday. Monday will be blustery in the mountains, but after that, the winds will abate as the center of high pressure approaches the region, and with the February sun climbing higher in the sky every day, it should be very comfortable on some terrific packed powder the next couple of days.
At the same time, a short wave trough at the jet stream level will be traversing the country from the Pacific Northwest, across the plains and Mississippi Valley and into the Southeast by midweek. The northern and southern branches of the jet stream will then start to phase together and it looks as though low pressure will form in the northern Gulf of Mexico and head across the southeast and head up the coast.
Wednesday's storm and continued cold conditions should make for great skiing this weekend.
Lets get right to the heart of the matter ... We are entering a period that could end up being the snowiest week of the season across the Northeast, and you should be making your plans to head for the hills. By this time next week, resorts from northern New Jersey to Maine will have anywhere from 18 to as much as 30 inches of new snow for you to play on.
Here’s how it is going to play out:
Tuesday will be a quiet day, and a very nice day on the slopes all across the Northeast. Temperatures will be seasonable, sunshine plentiful, and winds will be light. Combine that with smaller midweek crowds and you’ve got a winner.
Clouds will be on the increase from southwest to northeast later in the day Tuesday, setting the stage for a very snowy day across the mountains of the northeast on Wednesday.
Herb Stevens, The Skiing Weatherman, predicts plenty of cold weather for February, which will be a plus for ski resorts.
As we move into the final few days of the month of January, the coldest week of the year, yet another shot of arctic air is sweeping into the Northeast.
This will be the fourth time this year that a significant piece of cold has been delivered into the region without much in the way of moderation, thanks to the extensive snow cover over which it travelled from the high latitudes, as well as because of the speed with which it arrived. The jet stream configuration has had everything to do with the trajectory and the speed of the cold shots. Thus far this season, the dominant set up has been one with a western upper level ridge and an eastern North American trough - something like this:
Courtesy of NOAA