jet_0103.jpgBefore looking to the weather ahead Gothamist would like to take a quick look back. Most immediately, the Earth reached perihelion yesterday. From then until early July we'll be moving further away from the Sun in our orbit. The seasons are due to the Earth's tilt with respect to the Sun, not our distance from it. It has been estimated that the Indonesian earthquake shifted the Earth's axis by about an inch.

Did anybody else see the 2004 daily weather graphic in yesterday's Times? Gothamist saw it in the paper version but not online. Presented in the graph were the record, normal, and actual low and high temperatures, along with actual precipitation, for each day last year. The weather in 2004 was very, very normal. We had two record rainfalls and tied one record low temperature. January was the only extreme month, with about six days of much colder than average weather. The temperature rose above 90 only once. Our average temperature last year was 54.5 degrees, 0.2 degrees below normal. Ho hum.

While the weather won't stay as warm as today, there's no indication of a big cold snap on our horizon. Wednesday may be a bit ugly with a rain/snow mix, but as long as the jet stream dips in the west and ridges in the east like in the graphic above we won't be seeing any real cold weather.

Weather graphic from AccuWeather.