Star Date 9 January 2016 Saturday

Captain's Log
Hope you're enjoying your weekend!In our El Nino Video issued in the Summer of 2015, we warned that the Atlantic Hurricane Season in 2016 will be active. While the official start to the season is still 5 months away, we already have an area to watch in the Atlantic for possible subtropical or tropical storm development. But don't worry, as this system won't make landfall in the U.S.; any strengthening would occur way out in the eastern Atlantic. The National Hurricane Center gives the storm 30% chance of formation in the next 5 days.What is impacting the U.S. are severe storms along the western Gulf Coast Friday night, including Tennis Ball-sized hail in East Texas, with the threat shifting eastward on Saturday, although storms are not expected to be as strong. As for snow you'll have to be in the central Plains up through Chicago and the Great Lakes, western mountains or northern New England to see any of the white stuff this weekend while the rest of the East will be dealing with rain as above normal temperatures surge back. The above normal temperatures don't last though, as an Arctic cold front drops into the U.S. over the weekend first bringing dangerously cold wind chills to the Upper Midwest, and colder weather to the Northeast for the start of the new work week.An Alberta Clipper system may bring the first accumulating snow of the season for many major cities in the Northeast by mid-week, but looking beyond this there is the threat for a more significant Nor'easter-type storm in the 6-12 day range. Stay Tuned!