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Ordering Up a Sunny Day

Ordering Up a Sunny Day

Every now and then a story about a novel invention that modifies the weather becomes an attention grabbing flash in the pan with the popular media. Wouldn’t it be great if you could order up sunny days every weekend and have it rain only at night? Florida homeowners would love nothing more than to set up a huge fan along the coast to blow hurricanes out to sea. Most attention in the arena of weather modification has been to prevent severe weather events, make it rain by seeding clouds, and reverse the effects of global climate change. Unfortunately, despite the rosy promises any method holds, there are often problems with feasibility, cost, scaling, reproducibility, and just plain lack of thought. For now, we mere mortals just have to deal with the weather or move to San Diego.

With that said, I wish I could conjure up a better weekend forecast. Saturday will be the better half despite the chilly weather, whereas Sunday will feature our first real risk of snow. Up till now, all the storms have passed to our west resulting in rainy, but relatively warm, conditions. As the storm track shifts closer to us, the threat of snow increases in the coming week or two. The first storm on Sunday will be relatively small in the form of snow showers and gusty winds. If you’re a snow lover, rejoice. If not, there’s always the hope of weather modification.

Extended Forecast

Tonight: Mostly clear. Low 27°F (-3°C).

Tomorrow: Sunny but cold. High 37°F (3°C).

Tomorrow night: Increasing clouds with snow showers. Low 30°F (-1°C).

Sunday: Cloudy with scattered snow showers. Becoming windy in the evening. High 38°F (3°C).