I'm typing as the rain core from a fairly strong thunderstorm smacks us around a little bit at work. Generally in this area storms travel west to east. Today's storm was rotating from the southeast to the northwest, so I got a front row seat as it approached. What a rare treat! I wish I could have gotten a picture of the initial cloud, it was very impressive. I love a good thunderstorm, and this one will help me get through the middle of the day. The folks north of here in Baltimore and Anne Arundel county are really getting slapped around. I can't wait to get a better understanding about how these storms work. You will see from the pic below, the radar is lit up like a Christmas tree. My location is where the little plus sign is on the map. Thanks to WeatherUnderground for the radar.
I looked at January weather statistics for Pittsburgh in recent years, as well as the climate forecasts for this year and came up with what I think will be a good forecast for January 1st. This year is the beginning of a La Nina climate cycle, which means average temperatures and slightly above average precipitation for the Pittsburgh area. I'm also taking into account the recent storm activity and the lake effect snows which have been really cranking over the last few weeks.
I'm going to call for high temperatures slightly below freezing, with a stiff wind from the NW (10-12mph). For the game, more clouds than sun, chance of some sort of frozen precipitation, 60%.
I'm thirty something, married, and am in the process of moving from Baltimore to Phoenix. I currently work in IT, but am transitioning to a telecom voice centered role. This blog is my way of sharing that experience.