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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 03/ 5/2010

PM Update: Making way for a pleasant weekend

By Ian Livingston

Temperatures climb above average by Sunday!

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Despite plenty of clouds throughout the day, temperatures have again risen to near-average levels this afternoon with highs around 50 many spots. Winds, which never seem to end, have kept things feeling like the upper 30s and lower 40s though. Tomorrow will be the start of a several-day stretch with lots of sun and warmer readings eventually climbing well into the 50s.

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Through Tonight: Skies continue to clear overnight as winds around 10 mph from the northwest also persist. Temperatures drop mainly into the upper 20s and lower 30s for lows.

Tomorrow (Saturday): We're staring down a pretty nice weekend and it starts off right Saturday with mostly sunny skies. Highs will rise to around 50 or just above most spots. Winds will still be up near 10-15 mph, but weakening a bit late.

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'Snowicane' ranked: The end-of-February snowstorm, which missed us while hammering places to the north, has received its preliminary Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale (NESIS) rating. It comes in as a Category 3 NESIS storm, the third with such a rank this season and the 4th overall this season. The other two Category 3s hit us in December and February, and the Snoverkill blizzard came in as a high Category 2. As can be noted looking at the larger list, having a season with so many NESIS storms is basically unheard of.

By Ian Livingston  | March 5, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
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Everyone excited about the weekend? Nice weather for ya, eh?

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | March 5, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Yes! A chance to get some fresh air, open windows, and figure out what needs to tackled in the garden. Is it too soon to turn on the outside faucets?

Posted by: rosilandjordan | March 5, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Planning on washing the car, and starting some much needed clean-up in the garden after the damage caused by the heavy snow. Mid-50s never sounded so good!

Posted by: FH59312 | March 5, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Man, this blog was muchos fun when we were on blizzard alert. Now it's duller than doornails... I guess I'll see you next winter, gang!

Posted by: MarylanDChris | March 5, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse


No doubt snow drives the most activity around here, but there will be a ton of great content around thunderstorms, hurricanes, heat waves, and even nice days ahead. Keep checking back... We'll try to keep it lively. Kind of a slow Friday today...

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | March 5, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

I read the CWG every morning, but I tend to not comment much unless there's snow...I suspect there are many of us out there. You might not hear from us, but we are here!

The beautiful weather this weekend is going to KILL me- I have to do schoolwork ALL weekend- no frolicking outdoors for me. The upside is I will wake before the birds tomorrow, making their chirping sound more musical and less annoying :)

Posted by: Snowlover2 | March 5, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Sunday = heat wave. Pant, gasp.

Oh well, I'll at the KenCen for "War and Pollen". All four hours of Prokofiev's opera, with a 45-min. intermission.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | March 5, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

I like the basic idea of NESIS (inches x people x area) but think that it just highlights the storms that cover larger areas and doesn't highlight the impact of more inches enough. Is 30 inches of snow 30 times the impact of 1 inch, or is it more like 300 times the impact?

Posted by: FunkyGawy | March 5, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Hawaiiexpat | March 6, 2010 1:58 AM | Report abuse

FunkyGawy - I am interested to see how you are considering NESIS. The raw NESIS scores can be from 1-10. Then based on the output from a formula that (I simplify) balances inches of snow + population affected by said inches + geo-economic area covered by same amount of snow... the Categorization occurs with numbers 1-5.

I can assure you that forumula authors Kociin & Uccellini seeminly took into account each "n" value of snow from 4", on up, and broke each snow-coverage area down into detail of how it affects a land area & population mass. I see that you are trying to assign snow amount as the prime determinant, but I don't see that as the case.

More info:

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | March 6, 2010 3:22 AM | Report abuse

i like the idea of rating snow storms. those hurricane and tornado scales don't consider human "impact" - they just measure the hurricane or tornado. this NESIS "penalizes" a storm that hits unpopulated or goes out to sea.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | March 6, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

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