This January 4th Coastal Jawn

Right now, it's looking like the coastal storm's track will have the following impacts:

NJ shore, 3-6 inches

Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley, interior NJ, 1-3 inches

Berks, Lancaster, a few snow showers, accumulating a coating to an inch.

The storm will be a direct hit for the Boston area and for Maine, where it will dump 18-24 inches of snow and produce blizzard conditions.

So here's my full forecast for the next five days in Berks:

Tuesday 1/2: sunny and breezy with a high of 22 (wind chill 12) and a low of 8 (wind chill 4).

Wednesday 1/3: partly sunny and still cold, but with calmer wind.  High 29 (w.c. 25), low 18 (w.c. 16).

Thursday 1/4: overcast, cold.  A few overnight snow showers or flurries (Wed into Thu).  High 22, low 6.

Friday 1/5: COME ON.  It's going to be even colder.  Very windy.  High of 13 (w.c. -7), low of 2 (w.c. -15).

Saturday 1/6: Just rudely cold.  High of 12 (w.c. -4), low of 1 (w.c. -7).

Beyond: A bit less frigid on Sunday 1/7 and then it might actually get above freezing on Monday 1/8!  There's a good chance for some snow and ice on that day, though.

Stay tuned for updates!


Posted on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 11:55AM by Registered CommenterMonsoon Martin | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Could it be a White Christmas?

A wintry mix tonight (Sunday 12/24).  Wet snow and rain not really getting going until after 9 or 10pm.  Maybe an inch or two of slushy accumulation, ending before daybreak on Monday 12/25.  There might be some slippery spots overnight, especially on bridges/overpasses.  But unless you're out late on Christmas eve, or you are Santa Claus, you will not experience any travel issues with this little event.

Christmas day will be colder (high 35) and very windy.  (Sustained winds 20-30mph with gusts 40-50mph!)  Good day to hunker down and spend time with the fam.

Tuesday 12/26 will be sunny and cold: high 29, low 17.  Still kinda breezy.

Wednesday 12/27 and Thursday 12/28 will be sunny and a bit colder: highs in the mid 20s, lows in the low teens.

Friday 12/29 is definitely going to be cloudy and cold (high in the mid 20s), but right now there's about a 50/50 shot of having a snow event.

Another potential snow event will be around on Saturday 12/30 (late afternoon, evening, and overnight).

Stay tuned for updates on the 12/29 and 12/30 events.

Then it's just continued sunny and cold on 12/31 and 1/1.  My fervent annual hope that snow/ice/rain will thwart the Mummers Parade by dampening its inimitable melange of sequins and racism - well, that wish looks as though it will be unfulfilled this year - but at least it will be cold (20s most of the day).

Enjoy the times of the holiday.  Family.  Hearth, or whatever.


P.S. Remember to keep submitting questions about weather or not-weather that may well be answered in a forthcoming post!

Posted on Sunday, December 24, 2017 at 03:25PM by Registered CommenterMonsoon Martin | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Forecast for December 12th through 26th, 2017.

First of all, there's no sugarcoating it: my call for the December 9th storm was a spectacular fail.  In case you missed the forecast, I called for a coating to an inch around here, and in case you were out of town, we got 4-6 inches generally in the Reading area.  I could explain why I was wrong, and why we got more snow than I expected, but you don't want to hear that.  So here's my promise:

I, Monsoon Martin, will use every foible and stumble as a learning experience in furtherance of becoming the very best amateur forecaster since the invention of the SuperDoppler.

And so, we move forward.

No reason. Why?Overnight Monday into Tuesday, we'll see some light snow showers as a Clipper system skirts by to the north, but nothing major.  (For reals.)  I don't expect any accumulation or travel/school impacts from this system.  High on Tuesday is 42; low is 22 with increased winds.

Wednesday will bring the coldest air of the season.  It will be weather that thoroughly earns the label applied to it by many who walk in and through it: cold as balls.  Mostly sunny, but the high will only be 28 - and add in 20-30mph winds with gusts over 40mph, and it will feel like 14 degrees.  (At night, the low will dip to 18 - with a wind chill of 2.  TWO!!)

On Thursday, another Clipper comes through, and I think we're just looking at some snow showers (Thursday afternoon) with little or no accumulation and no travel impacts.

Another thing on Friday afternoon, but again, that just looks like snow showers at this point.  Highs on Thursday and Friday will be around freezing (32); lows around 20.

This weekend - Saturday the 16th and Sunday the 17th - looks drier and less frigid.  Those who enjoy venturing outside will find their environs much more hospitable.  Highs near 40, lows in the upper 20s, plenty of sunshine.

Cloudy and fairly mild on Monday ahead of a system that will bring us a few (rain) showers on Tuesday.  Highs both days in the mid 40s.

Wednesday 12/20 looks a little chillier with plenty of sunshine - high of 40, low in the mid 20s.

Thursday 12/21 (the solstice for you heathens - the day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest period of night ... no light) will bring some rain showers (and maybe a snow shower or two later on).  High in the upper 30s.

Friday 12/22 will be rainy, chilly, and gross with a high in the mid 40s.

Next weekend - Saturday the 23rd and Sunday the 24th - will be overcast and cold (highs in the upper 30s) with a chance of accumulating snow on the 24th.  This is good news for anyone hoping for a white Christmas (racist) but less auspicious news for those traveling on the 24th.

Monday the 25th - celebrated by Christians as "Christmas," marking the day when Kris Kringle and his elf assistant Buddy rolled an ice rock aside, emerged from a hobbit hole, Kringle saw his shadow, and heralded in six more weeks of winter - will be mostly sunny and chilly with a high of 35 and low in the teens.

And finally, Tuesday the 26th - celebrated by the British and their friends as Boxing Day, commemorating the day on which the landed gentry would engage in spirited fistfights over the leftover Christmas ham.  At least it was celebrated as such, with a delightful jigsaw and bread pudding, until a certain British expatriate up and decided to go to Cape May without so much as consulting anyone - will be overcast and cold with temperatures hovering around freezing.

Please continue to submit your questions (about weather or not weather) to Ask Monsoon™©Ⓡ by clicking on the words "submit your questions" above and then asking me questions.  I will choose the best/most interestingly bad questions and answer them here.

And as always, stay tuned for updates!


Posted on Monday, December 11, 2017 at 05:10PM by Registered CommenterMonsoon Martin | CommentsPost a Comment | References1 Reference | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

It's my first snow forecast of the season and I can barely contain my excitement!!!!

So there's a coastal storm on the way, and the forecast models have shifted its track to the northwest, putting it more toward the Lehigh Valley and Phila suburbs area, and increasing totals for south Jersey.

Here is what to expect.

Snow spreads southeast to northwest beginning tonight at about midnight.  (That's Saturday 12/9/17 at 00:00 for those of you on maritime/military clocks.)  So snow will begin first in south Jersey, then Wilmington, then Philly, and so on.

In Berks, look out for snow between about 8am and 3pm.  It's not going to snow steadily during that period - we are on the outer edge of the storm, so I expect impacts around here to be fairly minimal.  Expect scattered light snow showers and maybe a squall (short period of heavy, wind-driven snow) or two.


South Jersey, 3-5 inches (mostly on grassy and untreated surfaces)

Philadelphia and suburbs, 1-3 inches (mostly on grassy and untreated surfaces)

Berks County and the Lehigh Valley, coating to an inch of snow (mostly on grassy and untreated surfaces)


During a squall, conditions are wack - extremely low visibility and quickly covered road surfaces.  But in general, just slow down a bit and you'll be fine.

The high on Saturday will be in the mid 30s; the overnight low will dip down to 24.

Sunday 12/10 will be mostly sunny and breezy, but an isolated squall or light snow shower cannot be ruled out in the early morning.  High 36, low 23.

There's a chance of some mixed rain and snow showers on Monday evening into Tuesday, but I don't expect that to impact morning commutes.


Getting obnoxiously cold the second half of next week.  Wednesday's high will only be 30; into the lower teens at night.  Thursday, Friday, Saturday - a few degrees higher each day, but not a dramatic warmup.  Sunday 12/17 will see a high of 36 and a low of 19.

Oh - and one last thing: I would like to inaugurate a new feature on the blog: Ask Monsoon™©Ⓡ.  I invite you, my faithful readers, to send me questions (click on those words and an email will magically compose itself).  These questions can, of course, be about the weather, but they can also be about whatever topic you choose.  I am an enthusiast of many topics, and am renowned as a man who knows a little about a lot.

Stay tuned for updates!


Posted on Friday, December 8, 2017 at 11:15AM by Registered CommenterMonsoon Martin | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Monsoon Martin is my name. Weather forecasting is my game.

Monsoon Martin here.

Rain continues off and on Saturday and Saturday night, ending by 4 or 5am Sunday.

Gusty winds will kick up overnight. Sunday morning and afternoon will bring sustained winds of 20-30mph (gusts of 45-50mph). Briefly stated, it will be windy AF.

Mostly sunny and chilly for several days thereafter - highs generally in the mid to upper 40s, lows at or below freezing. Good fireplace weather.


Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 05:38PM by Registered CommenterMonsoon Martin | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint