Perhaps it’s a little Irish luck, or maybe winter is finally losing its grip.
For the first time in more than a week, we should manage to enjoy sunny skies and 40-something degree temperatures Friday. Granted, that’s still on the cool side for the middle of March, but relative to where we’ve been most of this week, it’s an improvement.
Unfortunately, the luck runs out this weekend, and those improvements are put on hold. That does not mean we’ll have to contend with another nor’easter or a shot of biting winds and bitter cold.
However, a weaker system will bring some clouds and scattered areas of light rain Friday night into Saturday, rain that could conceivably mix with or change to light snow before ending Sunday morning. Hopefully, it’s the last time the “s” word appears in our forecast, but I’ll suggest caution and ask you to recall 2016 and the 4 inches of snow that fell as late as April 9.
Spring begins early Monday with the vernal equinox at 6:28 a.m., which most people believe means an equal 12 hours of day and 12 hours of night. In South Jersey, that’s not quite the case, as the precise date of that equality varies across the country and is based on latitude. In fact, ours occurs on St. Patrick’s Day, with a sunrise at 7:06 a.m. and a sunset at 7:06 p.m.
That also means that between now and Sept. 25, our days will be longer than our nights.
If only we can get some warm sunshine back to South Jersey so we can more fully enjoy these increasingly long days. There’s none in our immediate future, as next week looks to feature a seesaw battle between building warmth to our south and stubborn cold to our north. That likely means fleeting shots of chill alternating with short-lived rounds of seasonably mild weather, with the plan being for the latter to eventually win the battle later this month.
At least in the short term however, meaning the next seven days, the 60-degree warmth that was so common in February will remain elusive from our forecast.