Of Lent and Easter Weather

It's a Mardi Gras night which means Lent begins in a few hours. Tony shares an Ash Wednesday snowstorm memory and the Easter Sundial data.

Lenten Weather Memories & Easter Sundial

As Fat Tuesday draws to a conclusion with Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans and parties here at home, there is a still chill in the air. With light winds, by dawn Wednesday temperatures will once again be deep down in the 20s if not teens in the snow covered WV highlands.

No question, winter has long since worn out its welcome.

Of course, the holiest season of the year for Christians begins with Ash Wednesday services across the region. During the next 7 weeks, the weather will trend away from cold and snowy (not so this weekend and early next week) and toward warm and sunny (want it warm in March, then head to spring training or spring break in Florida or Arizona).

One of my favorite weather memories growing up in Philly was the great Ash Wednesday Blizzard of 1967. That morning, snow fell horizontally as a great Nor’easter swept blinding snows and high winds into the Northeastern USA.

After the snow ended, I recall walking to church that afternoon with my mom thru knee deep drifts in spots with the sun glinting off the deep snow pack.

Funny but our supercomputers are hinting at a repeat of that type of storm for late this weekend and Monday somewhere within shouting distance of both Philly and our region. Again the cautionary statement, this storm doesn’t exist right now but is a mere figment of our supercomputer’s imagination.

Twice before I have raised such a cautionary tale to wet the appetites of fellow snow lovers. Please no whining from the peanut gallery this time. The storm will not form until the weekend so any speculation beyond a possible weekend storm is unwarranted. I like to give you my loyal readers a nugget that goes beyond what I say on the air.

But as I have told my friends and even hinted last night at 11, given the pattern we are in, I am in the camp that we still have a shot at the biggest snowfall of the season in the next few weeks. So far, we have measured 5 inches of snow here in Huntington for the season’s deepest snow. That says I sense we have a 6 inch or more snowfall before the season ends. We shall see.

Easter Sundial

One look outside and we can see that it is staying lighter longer every night. Here in a few weeks we will go on Daylight Savings Time. That will add an extra hour of evening sunshine into our lives, while again sending kids off to school in the darkness of dawn.

For ministers planning ahead to Easter services, here’s a look at key sunrise and sunset data for the Easter weekend.

Since many churches begin the Easter celebration at sundown on Easter Saturday, it is important to note that sunset on April 11 will be at 8 o’clock.

The next morning we will hope for a glorious sunrise to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Plan your Easter dawn service around the official sunrise of approximately 6:54.
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