Sunday will be windy as the sunshine continues. Looking at the week ahead, a train of weak low-pressure systems will pass through. However, these storms will have more bark than bite.
Temperatures on Sunday morning will be around 30 degrees on the mainland and near 32 at the shore. Both will be above average for this time of year. However, factor in the strong, west-northwesterly wind and it’ll feel like around 20. Nothing unusual for January, but compared to the past couple of days, it will feel cold.
As we go through the day, we’ll have a mostly sunny sky. High temperatures will get into the upper 40s. If you’re in the sun and you’re not in the wind, it’ll feel quite nice. Though, that may be asking for a lot.
Sunday evening will fall through the 40s into the 30s with a mostly cloudy sky. The winds will stay elevated, which will continue to mix in the relatively milder daytime heat. Therefore, overnight lows will not be that cold — upper 20s inland and mid-30s at the shore. However, factor in the wind and Monday will be a chilly January morning.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day will see early sun give way to clouds as the wind continues to blow from the west-northwest. The first in our parade of weak, moisture-starved systems will move through. Coming from the very dry and cold Upper Midwest, there will be little more than a flurry late in the day. Highs will be in the mid-40s everywhere. Monday night will be typical for January, falling to around 25 inland and around 32 at the shore.
Tuesday will have a mix of sun and clouds. A weaker west-northwest wind will blow, so it won’t be as uncomfortable. Highs will be cooler, though, sitting in the seasonable low to mid-40s. All outdoor activities and work will be fine as long as you bundle up.
The second moisture-starved system will scoot by Tuesday night. Again, maybe we get a flurry. However, all you will notice are the clouds blocking out the moon. The sun should be shining again Wednesday morning.
Wednesday will be our coldest day of the week, as winds turn due north. Still, we’re only talking about highs near 40 degrees. There’s very cold air around. However, it passes too fast for it to really work itself into the region.
The end-of-the-week forecast is a little murky. A strong low-pressure system will move out of the Southern Plains, while a weak, Alberta Clipper system will move in from the Great Lakes.
How the two interact will determine the weather for this period. As of now, I expect a dry forecast. However, for you snow lovers, there is a source of cold air available if that southern storm tracks north.
Joe's 7-Day Forecast
January: The Wolf Moon
January 28 at 2:16 p.m.
In January, snow gathers deep in the woods and the howling of wolves can be heard echoing in the cold still air. Some tribes called this moon the Snow Moon, but most often it was used for the next month.
February: The Snow Moon
February 27 at 3:17 a.m.
Snow piles even higher in February, giving this moon its most common name. Among tribes that used this name for the January moon, the February moon was called the Hunger Moon due to the challenging hunting conditions.
March: The Worm Moon
March 28 at 2:48 p.m.
Snow slowly begins to melt, the ground softens, and earthworms show their heads again and their castings or fecal matter can be found. Christian settlers also called this the Lenten Moon and considered it the last moon of winter.
April: The Pink Moon (as well as a supermoon)
April 26 at 11:32 p.m.
Flowers begin to appear, including the widespread grass pink or wild ground phlox. Other variations indicate more signs of full spring, such as Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon, and Fish Moon (common among coastal tribes).
May: The Flower Moon (and a supermoon plus a total lunar eclipse)
May 26 at 7:14 a.m.
Flowers come into full bloom and corn is ready to plant. Also called the Corn Planting Moon and the Milk Moon.
June: The Strawberry Moon
June 24 at 2:40 p.m.
Strawberry-picking season reaches its peak during this time. This is one of the few names that was universal to all Algonquin tribes.
July: The Buck Moon
July 23 at 10:37 p.m.
Buck deer start growing velvety hair-covered antlers in July. Frequent thunderstorms in the New England area also resulted in the name Thunder Moon. Some tribes also used Hay Moon.
August: Sturgeon Moon
August 22 and 8:02 a.m.
The sturgeon, a large fish common to the Great Lakes and other nearby bodies of water, is most easily caught during this month. The reddish appearance of the moon through the frequent sultry hazes of August also prompted a few tribes to dub it the Red Moon. Other names included the Green Corn Moon and the Grain Moon.
September: Harvest Moon
September 20 at 8:02 a.m.
Many of the Native American tribes' staple foods, such as corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and rice, are ready for gathering at this time. The strong light of the Harvest Moon allowed European farmers to work late into the night to harvest their crops. The Harvest Moon does not always occur in September. Traditionally, the name goes to the full moon closest to the autumn equinox, which falls during October once or twice a decade.
October: Hunter's Moon
October 20 at 10:57 a.m.
After the fields have been reaped, the leaves begin to fall and the deer are fat and ready for eating. Hunters can ride easily over the fields' stubble, and the fox and other animals are more easily spotted. Some years the Harvest Moon falls in October instead of September.
November: Beaver Moon (and a partial lunar eclipse)
November 19 at 3:57 a.m.
At this time of year, the beavers are busy preparing for winter. The beavers set traps to secure a storage of warm fur before the swamps freeze over.
December: Cold Moon
December 18 at 11:35 p.m.
Winter takes a firm hold and temperatures plummet at this time. Sometimes this moon is also called the Long Night Moon as the winter nights lengthen and the moon spends more time above the horizon opposite a low sun. The full moon name often used by Christian settlers is the "Moon before Yule."