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Northern Virginia Weather: Mr. Groundhog Thought Wrong

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On February 2, Punxsutawney Phil, our country’s beloved groundhog and trusted weather man, predicted that we would have to endure six more weeks of winter. However, it’s been a little over two weeks since then, and here in Northern Virginia, the sun is shining, and it seems we have nothing but blue skies and 65
°F highs ahead of us. The spring-like weather has come in waves, and it hasn’t necessarily been consistent, but each time it comes it stays around a little bit longer. According to the local branch of National Weather Service, the rest of this week will feature highs in the 60s and 70s, despite nighttime lows dropping as low as 34 °F. Here’s the latest NWS forecast:


Friday Feb. 24: Partly sunny, with a high near 71.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56.

Saturday Feb. 25: Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 35.

Sunday Feb. 26: Sunny, with a high near 49.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 34.

Monday Feb. 27: Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.

And it’s not just this week that has been warmer that usual, people across the U.S., from the Southeast to New England, have been experiencing back and forth, frequently warm weather. Some meteorologists attribute this to the fact that there has been no “blocking,” meaning that cold air has not been held in place over the Northeast by strong high pressure over Greenland, and blocking is essential to East Coast winter storms. Another factor which comes into play is the North Pacific Jet Stream, a current which extends across the Pacific, and that helps to pump moisture into the West Coast and warmth into North America. Whatever the cause, it seems the warm weather is here to stay.

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Northern Virginia Weather: Mr. Groundhog Thought Wrong