Saturday, February 28, 2015

Update for Monday, March 2, 2015

This morning was noisy.  Male cardinals, male chickadees, and flocks of male juncos are all singing away in the trees and shrubs.

It was also cold.  That strengthening sunlight is melting the snow on the roofs and roads, but the air is still cold.

The weather predictions for central Connecticut have not changed much.  It looks like the snow will end by 6 am, leaving messy streets.  Expect a possible late opening and a messy drive in.

Wednesday, March 4 will be soaking wet, with flooded streets.  The snow is expected to change to rain around midnight, so I do not think that schools will be affected.

Thursday?  Still early, but it looks like that rain will freeze ....

Friday, February 27, 2015

Spring Snow Explaining Climate Change - More School Problems in Central CT

Just when we are starting to get really tired of snow, along comes Spring and the snow storms pick up.  More storms, more snow.  And then tornado season starts in the south.  Why?

The answer is heat.  The Sun shines longer each day, and is higher above the horizon.  The Earth heats up and it warms the air above it.   Warmer air (heat = energy), more movement.  The jet stream wobbles as cold and warm air masses move about.  The fiercest storms are often in the spring.

Compare that to climate change.  We add greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, it warms up.  Air masses start to move about faster and more erratically.  Dryer dries, wetter wets, warmer warms and colder colds.  (So that congressman who brought in a snowball as proof that the climate is not changing is just showing that he didn't pay attention in science class.)

What does this have to do with school days in central Connecticut?  There is a storm moving in Sunday night (March 1) after dark.  It won’t stop until about 8 am on Monday (March 2).  While it is still early, I am predicting at least a late opening.  Everyone wants to get out of school before June 30, so I’m guessing that if the roads are clear, schools will open.  As we get closer I will update this.

Then another snow storm arrives Tuesday night (March 3) and continues into Wednesday morning before changing to ice then rain.  Be prepared for another late opening.   And if that rain freezes Wednesday night, maybe another late opening on Thursday.  

Because we are getting warmer.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

School on Monday in Connecticut!

Hard to believe, but there will be school in Connecticut on Monday, February 23.

The weekend storm is moving faster than originally thought, and will be done by noon on Sunday.  That means that you will have Sunday afternoon to dig out after the rain and melt on Saturday night freezes on Sunday night.

Next chance for a snow day - Wednesday 2/25, the day that all teachers love for its long, long, long meetings.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Monday Schedules In Connecticut? Maybe This Time!

It is only Wednesday (2/18).  Monday (2/23) is days away.  Any weather predictions made now will change.

This was Toronto 2 years ago.  Will it be West Hartford next week?
The storm is moving faster than expected, but right now I don't know how to call Monday.  

It will (as of now) start to snow after dark on Saturday.  The temperature will go above freezing Sunday.  Think of rain on all of that snow.  Think of the roofs with all of that wet snow on it. Think of FREEZING rain on the trees and wires.

Then it will drop below freezing by early Monday.  And all of that wet snow will turn to frozen concrete.

At least the precipitation looks to be over by sunrise Monday.  If the drains are clear and the roads aren't flooded you will be able to get to school.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Late Opening Tuesday 2/17? Maybe

It all depends on where you are.  This storm is heading east and south of us, so closer to Rhode Island and Boston might have a late opening.  The northwest less likely.

Set your alarms, but listen for that text from the school.

Teachers, be prepared.  It will be a longer than usual drive to school tomorrow.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Central Connecticut Snow On The Way... Maybe

Yes, another one!    

Be glad that you don't have to go to school on Monday, because some of you would have frostbite in places where smart people will be wearing woolies.

There is a storm moving in on Tuesday morning, 2/17.  It was expected to show up Tuesday night, but has moved faster than thought.

In the last hour the computers have changed this from 1-3 inches to 3-5 inches, back to 1-3.

It is still too early to be certain, but it looks like you will have school on Tuesday, but stay tuned.  Admin will definitely try to get you to school.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

There Will Be School on Thursday 2/12 In Central Connecticut

Thursday is Charles Robert Darwin's 206th birthday.  He took his travel year after college and stretched it into a 5 year trip around the world, then stretched it even further into a life of collecting data to prove his idea of how evolution works:  

Natural Selection states that the steps in evolution are 
1.  Competition for food, shelter, and mates.  
2.  Natural variation in individuals (if he had known about DNA and modern genetics he would have called it genetic variation).  
3.  Variations that increase the chance of surviving and breeding are selected by nature just like farmers select traits they want in their animals.

As for your chance of missing school tomorrow:  zero.  There will be light snow during the middle of the day, but no major accumulation.

Next storm is Saturday afternoon into Sunday morning.

Then there is next Tuesday night into Wednesday.....  Stay tuned.

Monday, February 9, 2015

There will be school on Tuesday 2/10 in WeHa

The storm is now expected to end by midnight on Monday, so you will have plenty of time to clear out.

Just be glad that the cold has produced light, fluffy snow - unlike Thursday's storm which will be heavier and hard to shovel.

Not sure about a school closing on Thursday as the timing is still uncertain

It is possible that you might see anything from no school Thursday to an early dismissal Thursday and late start Friday - or regular hours Thursday and no school no Friday.  Too early to tell.  Stay tuned.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Central CT Forecast for Monday February 9

The answer is, there will not be school on Monday in central CT.  However it now looks like it will clear up in time for Tuesday morning's commute.  Better have your work ready for Tuesday.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Thursday, February 5 Forecast For Central CT

Nope.  Do your homework.  With only a few inches expected, and a possible cancellation on the following Monday, I don't think your Board of Ed is going to cancel school on Thursday.  Probably not even a late opening, although that is open to change.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Enjoy Today's Snow Storm?

It was really nice, fluffy snow.  

Ready to do it again next Monday?  

February 9 has a bull's eye on it as of right now.