Officially a white Christmas?

Good Will to All People

A white Christmas in Connecticut is having at least one inch of snow on the ground at 7:00am December 25th. Officially two thirds of Connecticut east and north and northwest of Hartford did have their white Christmas, while areas south and west where borderline in hitting the mark. A white News Years? Southern New England has been in a warm weather pattern through the fall and into early winter and this trend will continue at least for the next 6-10 days.

Unbiased View of Climate Change

With the political landscape being so polarized now I will throw in some of my thoughts about climate change and global warming in this complexed arena. Having a background in science including meteorology I’m offering thoughts and insight for you to consider for this very controversial subject.

First of all I agree that burning of fossil fuels has created trapped carbon dioxide gases in the atmosphere adding a greenhouse veil over our planet. We must not forgot that climate change is also long process of various cycles the earth goes through that can add up to millions of years. Many may not know that where each one of is standing now a glacier 2 miles thick of ice covered New England only 12,000 years ago all the way to Long Island Sound. The boulders we see now dotting our landscape is what was left behind when the glacier receded north by the warming of the atmosphere (another cycle).

The sun also has a defined role in climate change. The sun powers life on earth, it helps keep the planet warm enough for us to survive. It influences Earths climate. Solar cycles changes brightness and dimming of the sun taking 11 years to complete. During a normal solar cycle sunspot activity both lower and increases and lower activity called “grand minimum” may have the ability to temporarily cool down the earths surface moderately. With that said this cycle may have the ability to slow down the warming of the atmosphere but not reverse human caused global warming.

The current forcing of man made activities are clearly outside of the natural cycle range.

A white Christmas melts away

Christmas Eve looks to be wet and wild this year. Some of the reliable long range weather models have a strong low pressure system tracking just to our west on Christmas Eve. When a low passes to our west the counter clockwise winds draw in warm moist oceanic air from the Gulf Stream. This storm has a chance to be very strong by the potential of a strong air lift dynamic with heavy wind swept rain, severe thunderstorms, gale force winds approaching tropical storm force and temperatures approaching 60 degrees. If everything does come together there will be rapid melting with our snowpack creating flooding in areas of poor drainage. This active system will move out quickly Christmas morning with some arctic cold spilling in from the back side of the low pressure area causing a flash freeze where there’s standing water.

Stay tuned. I will issue updates.

Rare Christmas Star on Winter Soltice

On December 21st, Jupiter and Saturn will appear close in Earth’s night sky than they have since 1226 A.D. This December, Jupiter and Saturn will put on a show for star gazers that hasn’t been seen in roughly 800 years. Astronomers are calling it the Great Conjunction of 2020, On December 21st, coincidently the winter solstice – the two largest planets in our solar system will appear to almost merge in Earth’s sky. People may wonder what are those bright objects close together in the sky. For much of the year, Jupiter and Saturn have shared the same swatch of sky. Now you can find them both in the southwestern sky just after sunset, located some 20 degrees above the horizon at 6pm. Seekers of a celestial significance will likely see the whole event as some sort of sign related to the kind of year 2020 has been. But you don’t have to put any stock in astrology (nor should you) to revel in the astounding beauty of its conjunction.

The cosmic perspective is a precious reminder of our place in the solar system. And hopefully it makes us all feel a bit closer and more connected to our outer planets, even if the pandemic has us feeling apart than ever.

A Thankful Thanksgiving To All

The “ber” months (SeptemBER, OctoBER, NovemBER & DecemBER) are winding down and the high Holidays are sliding quickly downhill as the days get shorter and shorter in these most uncertain times this last year. Many of us will be observing each one of the next 3 Holidays in uncharted territories as social distancing puts puts wedge between family and friends. I’m sure creative opportunities will be on hand celebrating traditions by electronic means with zoom and teleconferencing, and yes the feast will be most satisfying. We all earned it!

Stay connected this Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy the moments. And be thankful for the spirit of Thanksgiving.