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Mid Hudson Weather
Serving Orange, Ulster, Dutchess, Putnam, Sullivan, Greene & Columbia Counties

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Detailed Weather Update :  (Sat 4/19 10:45pm)

So the unthinkable happened.  I skipped a day working on MHW.  Well, not exactly... I logged on around midnight Friday night and updated the 5 day forecast and the Detailed Local Forecast.  I left the safe confines of my computer for the evening, and met up with an old friend at Bowling Time Lanes in Newburgh.  I hadn't gone out on a Friday night for a while, and after a few hours of recounting some great stories with old friends, I can say it was awesome to crawl out from under my weather rock and socialize on a Friday night.

But the weather did just fine without me.  Saturday turned out to be an over achiever.  All the data I saw, had high temps forecasted right around 60 degrees.  So when Poughkeepsie hit a high of 65º on Saturday, I'm sure nobody was complaining.  A gorgeous start to the weekend.

Following Saturday's logic, Sunday should be very similar.  We should see similar amounts of sunshine, and the models are forecasting highs right around 60 degrees again.  I'm thinking the model data is a tad bit too cool once again, and that we'll see low to mid 60s across much of the area.  So you can expect a gorgeous Easter Sunday, and anyone with outdoor plans, will be very satisfied.

Looking into the start of the work week... and just like last week, we'll start off warm, and finish cold.  A southwest flow should push temps up into the mid 60s for Monday... and around 70 for Tuesday.  Not "perfect"... but above average for sure.

A cold front will push thru Tuesday afternoon, but unlike last week... the air behind the cold front won't be 40 degrees colder.  Temps will take a tumble for sure... but we're talking about mid 50s on Wednesday, not mid 40s like last week.

So it's not "good news" when looking at the 2nd half of next week, but we're having a difficult time breaking free of a pattern that has kept our area below normal for months.  We have seen a see-saw effect as the pattern tries to break... only to re-establish itself once more.  You can expect this to continue thru the rest of April.  So there will be good days... and not so good days (in terms of weather).  Until then... lets just try and take it 1 day at a time, and enjoy the net 3 days of nice weather.

Happy Easter!  And I hope you find a way to enjoy the beautiful end to our weekend...

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MHW Article in New Paltz Times
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A month ago, Deb, an editor at Ulster Publishing, contacted me about a possible story for the New Paltz Times.  They wanted to do a profile on me personally, and MHW.  Well, the article came out in last week's edition of the New Paltz Times... and as of Tuesday morning, it was posted online
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Link to New Paltz Times article here

I want to thank Mike Townshend for writing the piece.  We had a chance to speak for a little less than an hour, and he did a nice job of summarizing my trademark rambling.  I also want to thank Lauren Thomas, who had the unenviable task of trying to capture an image of me where I didn't look like a clown.  I'm not photogenic, which made her job that much harder.  But we had some fun with it... as my broken umbrella actually got turned inside out by the wind.  I am flattered that there is even interest in such a thing for MHW.  So thank you to everyone up there at New Paltz Publishing for giving me a chance to introduce myself to a potentially wider audience...


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For the 2013 - 2014 winter season, I will continue to notify readers by e-mail of pending winter storms.  

To get on the list, email me at : bill@midhudsonweather.com.

I will use this service to give you advance notice (2 to 3 days) on the potential for significant weather events.  These are potential storms that could have a high impact on our area.  Smaller storms, while still potentially hazardous, may not generate an e-mail.

Feel free to e-mail me at any point to be added or removed from this list..
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Storm Grading Relocated
I've been updating the look and feel of parts of MHW, and decided that the 'Winter Storm Forecast Accuracy' section needed to be reinvented.  Instead, I plan to do a 'storm recap' after each storm... and then archive it. 
I've graded myself since the start of MHW, and will continue to evaluate my performance, so that I can give you the reasons behind the success or failure of a forecast.
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Bio...

I graduated from Wallkill Senior HS.  I graduated from SUNY Albany with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.  I took a handful of meteorology courses in college, but chose not to major in meteorology because I didn't want to ruin my passion for the weather by making it a 'job'... I have been forecasting the weather since 1992.  I am NOT a licensed meteorologist, but have 20+ years experience in weather forecasting and knowledge of weather phenomenon.  I created this website in 2008, because having lived in the valley all my life, I know that a detailed, reliable forecast is sometimes difficult to come by, especially in the winter.  My goal is to provide a forecast that is centered on the Mid Hudson Valley... get you the info in a direct and useful format... and provide a little entertainment along the way.  I do have a full time job, and I operate this site in my free time... Hope you enjoy it!
                   MHW 5 Day Forecast

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Cloudy
Clouds & Sun
PM Showers
Mix of Sun
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Partly
Cloudy
PM Showers
High Mid 60s Near 70º Mid 50s Near 60º High 50s
Low High 30s Low 40s Low 30s High 30s High 30s
           
                       Detailed Local Forecast
                                (      Updated : Sunday 9:55pm 
                                   
Monday:  Partly cloudy and milder.  High in the mid to upper 60s.
                                 
Monday Night:  Increasing clouds.  Low in the high 30s.
                       
Tuesday:  Mix of clouds and sun.  Warm, with scattered afternoon showers and even a thunderstorm.  High near 70.  Chance of rain 60%.
                                 
Tuesday Night:  Cloudy with scattered showers.  Low in the low 40s.  Chance of rain 60%.
                       
Wednesday:  Clouds mixing with increasing amounts of sunshine.  Breezy and much cooler.  High in the mid 50s.
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Today's Averages
 
High Temperature:  63º      Low Temperature:  39º
 
April so far (4/20) + 1.7º vs. Average
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STORM UPDATE
(UPDATED 4/14/14) 
 
PURE SPECULATION
(UPDATED 4/11/14)
 
STORM RECAP
(UPDATED 3/13/14)
 
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SNOW TOTALS : APRIL 15TH
(per the National Weather Service)


**Note: No reports for Orange or Putnam County were provided to the
National Weather Service.  Poughkeepsie officially reported 0.2"

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Poughkeepsie March Statistics:

- Monthly Temperature was 5.2º Below Average

- Coldest March on record since 1996 (also 5.2º Below Avg.)

- 21 of 31 days saw below normal temperatures
    (11 days were colder than 10 degrees below average)

- Temp dropped below 0º in March for 1st time since 2003
    (-2º on March 4, 2014 .... -9º on March 7, 2003)

- Total Poughkeepsie Snowfall for the month : 0.1"

- Record Low Temperature of 0º set on March 1, 2014
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POUGHKEEPSIE SNOWFALL STATISTICS
as of 4/5/14:

Normal Annual Snowfall  38.9" 
Actual 2012 - 2013 Snowfall  40.9" 
Actual 2013 - 2014 Snowfall  59.4" 
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MHW : BEYOND THE BASICS

Beyond the Basics is a section that takes an indepth look at recent and pending weather events and other weather related topics.


SOCIAL MEDIA HYPE & FEAR: PART 2
posted: Monday 2/24/14 @ 11:55pm

I saw a map shared on Facebook a few times in the past 24 hours, and I've spent a day trying to "get over it"... but I just can't.  It goes back to the same thing that I posted an article about a month ago.  An online weather provider based out of California... run by a man with the same credentials as me... posted this map on Sunday
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(click to read entire article)

 
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