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"CHILLIN" ON EASTER...


HAPPY EASTER EVERYBODY

As you probably know, the day Easter falls on changes every year. This happens because the date is determined by the lunar cycle. Easter Sunday always falls on the Sunday after the first full moon following the Spring equinox in March. We now use the solar, Gregorian calendar rather than a lunar one, which means the full moon occurs on different dates each year, and therefore so does Easter. This year, that defining full moon peaked last night at 7:55pm and so here we are, enjoying Easter on April 17th.


The earliest Easter can occur is March 22nd and the latest is April 25th. That means this year is a late one and the weather should be mild compared to what it conceivably could be. However, somebody forgot to tell mother nature and readings all around the Midwest will be well below average. Here's what the EURO indicates for highs.

Those readings equate to maxes that are 15-20 below what's typical at this time of year.

THE LOST EASTER EGG HAS BEEN RECOVERED...

On the bright side, most of us should avoid any Easter rain until late Sunday afternoon or evening. The exception might be the far south where a few light showers could spring up after lunch. For sure, the morning will be dry and the Easter bunny will make its rounds with nothing more than clouds. The best forcing from this short wave arrives Sunday evening and that's when most areas will see their showers from this particular system. Here are the projected rain totals through Sunday night.


The EURO

The GFS

With unseasonably cold air aloft, it's possible a few snowflakes could eventually make it to the ground Sunday night, especially in the north. Personally, I don't see much, if any in the way of accumulations. The worst case might be a dusting in spots, mainly on grassy and elevated surfaces. Here's is what the GFS is indicating for totals Sunday through Monday.


The EURO

The GFS

Once this system moves out readings remain cool under northwest flow through Wednesday. Conditions appear dry until our next rain maker enters the picture around Midweek. On a positive note, a nice warming trend commences at this time allowing highs next weekend to surge well into the 70s, perhaps pushing 80. The EURO meteorgram looks like this the next 10 days. Here's hoping the model is on the right track.

More Easter humor....

That's all for now. I'm cutting it short today as I'm spending time this Easter with my 92 year old mother Rose Marie Swails. She says hi! Have a fantastic day. Roll weather...TS

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