November is notorious for being the cloudiest month in the North Country. It sure did start that way, with several days in a row this month where we didn't see much sun at all. However that has quickly changed and now we're in the midst of what could be the longest dry stretch of weather in 2012.
Currently in Burlington the longest dry stretch of weather this year happened June 14 to June 23. A streak of ten straight dry days may be tied this week, as my forecast points to dry weather through midnight Saturday.
It will be a close one though. There will be an approaching system from the west Friday night which may arrive before midnight with rain. However at this time it appears as though the precipitation will hold off until Saturday. The weekend will be 'stormier' across the Northeast and our local area with snow showers falling, particularly heavier in the mountains. Colder and windy weather conditions will arrive as well.
This streak of dry weather is coming at a good time though! A lot of folks are traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday and camping out for Black Friday. A good chunk of the country will see good weather too. The only exception will be the Pacific Northwest where a huge storm will dump a ton of rain and snow. The picture to the left is courtesy HPC/NOAA and shows estimated precipitation from Monday to Friday of this week. Several inches of rain could fall through the week, as well as up to three feet of snow in the mountains! Woah. However a lot of the country will be dry, conducive for easy travel.
High pressure is the reason we've seen this dry stretch across the Northeast. This is the strongest high pressure of the year. Think of it as this: High pressure is pressing down on the atmosphere. Sinking air promotes drying. Since it has been fairly stationary, and is so strong, we will continue to have dry weather through the holiday. Have a great week!