A Super Weekend for Groundhogs and Football
It’s the Super Bowl weekend and cold waves and snow squalls of years gone by will be a no-show. Meanwhile, a cloudy start to Saturday means groundhogs will not see their shadows. And we all know what that means! In fact, the only tough forecast this weekend is by how much will the Pats win? My prediction for the game ends this bog.
First a recap as Friday’s rain storm maxed out near one inch of water. That means we are now at 9 inches for the winter (December Through February is the meteorological winter). Recall my winter forecast called for an abnormally wet season with 12”-15” of rain water (an average winter produces 9”). We are certainly on track to realize that forecast.
This wetness resumed the winter long pattern of big storms delivering lots of wind and rain but not much snow and ice to our region. Meanwhile, heavy snow and ice clogged roads, closed schools and cut power from St. Louey to Chi-Town and from Indy to Mo-town. Locally, snow lovers have been left crying over this latest miss.
In its wake, the storm will spin a night of low clouds Through our region. These clouds will spit an occasional snow flake at us, with an inch or two of snow to fall at the ski lodges. More importantly, those clouds will shroud groundhog burrows from Punxsutawney Pa to French Creek WV to Athens WV on Saturday morning. So there should be unanimity with local woodchucks that winter is over. I say that since Phil, Freddy and Charlie are unlikely to see their shadows at sunrise Saturday!
Once the low clouds burn away on Saturday, the mid winter sun will go to work and warm afternoon temperatures into the 40s with 30s for skiers in the high country. By Sunday, look for 50!
The next big storm looks to pass on Tuesday with another slug of gusty rains which should end as wet snow in the colder air of Wednesday.
As for my late winter forecast, I repeat what I said in last night’s blog and on First at Five on Friday. The hemispheric weather pattern is hyper-active from Eurasia to North America and a ton of cold air is still locked up in Canada. This sets the stage for a stormy February and March here in Appalachia.
In this pattern, I will predict a major rise on the mighty Ohio River, a southern Ohio ice storm and a heavy snowstorm for our region (with a 6”-10” accumulation). Check back all month long as I chart this latest forecast on a weekly basis.
Finally, the Super Bowl is in doors so no weather advantage to fall back on. I disagree with the experts who say the 2 week layoff will work against the Giants. They needed the time off after a grueling 4 game in 4 week playoff stretch (hey, I count the first Pats game as a playoff tilt).
I would be a fool, to predict the G-Men to win outright. Hey I don’t have to. I am getting 12 points with a team that rushes the passer well and runs the ball hard with Ahmad Bradshaw coming into his own.
For their part, Moss and Brady are too tough to shut down. So I won’t predict an upset. But I see each team scoring 1 TD less than they did in the Meadowlands tilt in December. Late in the 4th, the Pats will lead 31-21 but this time the G-Men will fail to add a meaningless TD on.
For my weekend, I will be Bowling for Stars and Strikes at Colonial Lanes here in Huntington. This event is to raise money for the college fund of one of our own here at WSAZ, Steve Curry. Steve died suddenly this summer and his goal was to see his son Zack go onto to college. So come on out to Colonial from noon to 4 on Saturday and bowl a few games with me, Tim, Melanie, Carrie, Keith, Michael and others as we throw gutter balls and strikes alike. You can help us realize Steve’s dream!