There’s not a lot of change to the forecast for the next several days. Mostly sunny mornings will give way to some clouds and a slight chance of an afternoon shower or thunderstorm through the weekend, although that chance is probably no more than one in five. Temperatures will remain on the warm side of average as well…topping out near the 80 degree mark through Monday before cooling to the low 60s for the latter half of next week.

Nor'easter, November 20, 2012.

Nor’easter, November 20, 2012.

As we are all well aware, we haven’t had the stormiest of winters, but the eastern US has had no shortage. A reader asks: “Why is the North-east storm called a “nor’easter?” I thought normally wind direction is described where it comes FROM and the NE storms look to be from the South.”

He makes a good observation, but is missing one thing. The term “nor’easter” comes from the direction the wind blows when the storm is at its strongest. Because they spin counter-clockwise, as the center moves up from the south, the circulation wraps around from the northeast, giving the storm its accurate moniker.

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