Welcome to December, South Jersey, as one season ends and another begins. The Atlantic hurricane season has thankfully concluded, after beginning unusually early with Hurricane Alex in January, then ending with Hurricane Otto on Thanksgiving. The season peaked with our Hermine scare on Labor Day weekend, then with Hurricane Matthew from Florida through the Carolinas.
Dec. 1 also marks the start of meteorological winter. Yes, it’s true that the calendar confirms astronomical winter doesn’t begin for another three weeks (Dec. 21).
But meteorologists choose to be different. We strive to “simplify” things and define winter to be the months of December, January and February, the months where cold and snow are most likely to occur.
Of course, given the record warmth last December and March being unusually snowy for three straight years, it looks like the calendar trumps meteorologists for the better winter definition. So let this weather-man instead focus on the seven-day forecast.
No matter how you define winter, there’s no genuine cold air in the forecast just yet, but it may not be too far away. After two wet and warm days, we will welcome a brighter and drier forecast for the rest of the week, one that should last through the weekend. The blue skies will be accompanied by brisk winds, which will usher in seasonably cool temperatures over the next four days. A few brief showers are possible Monday morning, maybe raindrops, or perhaps even a few snowflakes.