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Professional. Friendly. Local. Make Capital Your Bank. Our Focus Is You. 175 S. Main Road & 1234 W. Landis Avenue, Vineland, NJ • 856.690.1234 Se Habla Español Member FDIC CapitalBankNJ.com INSIDE: JERSEY REFLECTIONS • BIRTHDAY BOOKS • CHANNEL 22 SCHEDULE, PG. 13 • BVT REORGANIZES | JANUARY 18, 2017 VOLUME ME 9 | ISSUE 50 5 A division of CLASSI FI EDS Pg. 14 Forecasting February A warm January will turn to a colder February with a chance for at least one bigger snowstorm. { BY NOREASTER NICK PITTMAN, CHIEF FORECASTER, WSNJ-TV SNJ TODAY NEWS } W Check in with Nick Pittman on SNJ Today News at 7 and 11 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can also follow him on social media 24/7 @NorEasterNick. hether or not you’re a fan of winter weather, I think we can all agree that snow is pretty, right? Early January brought our first signifi-cant snow of the season to everyone. From Camden to Cape May, a general four to eight inches of snow fell. Temperatures rapidly warmed and it all melted away. So, is that all she wrote? Absolutely not! There’s plenty more where that came from and as a snow lover, I’m very excited. Let’s recap my winter forecast and see how we are doing so far. I forecasted slightly below average tempera-tures for December. We did it. We were one degree below average as a whole and significantly colder than last year. We saw a couple very minor snow events where a dusting to an inch was picked up, but December is rarely a good month for snow in our backyards. I forecasted a slightly below average January. So far, 18 days into the month, we are slightly above thanks to sev-eral days in the 60s. That will change. We should turn drastically colder as we go into the last week or so of the month. That will skew temperatures to the colder side. I thought February would be cold and snowy and that fore-cast doesn’t look to need any revision. By next week, I expect a big pattern flip due to some-thing called “Sudden Stratospheric Warming.” I won’t bore you with the details but basically it is a “shock” to the system. A warming event slows down or even revers-es the winds circulating around something called the “Polar Vortex.” When this happens, cold is displaced and filters down from the poles and spreads through the globe. I expect this to be the case as we go into February. There will be a day or two every now and then when we ith the region’s first two snow events coming on weekends, you might be feeling like we’re going to dodge the snowball this winter. Not so fast! Take a look at NorEaster Nick’s forecast for the rest of winter. And if you’re not prepared for snowy (or messy) driving conditions, consider this fair warn-ing. The Grapevine has three pages of win-ter driving tips and advertisers who can help you get your vehicles ready to weather the storms. W Ultimate Winter Driving Tips Whether you’re driving cross country or across town this winter, consider these tips to help make your ride safer: 1. Take care of the outside: Check essen-tial safety components like your tires, head-lights and windshield wipers. Make sure you have proper tire pressure and enough tread, that your headlights are bright, and that your ECRWSS Local Residential Customer Continued on page 3 Continued on page 15

Forecasting February

Noreaster Nick Pittman

A warm January will turn to a colder February with a chance for at least one bigger snowstorm.

Whether or not you’re a fan of winter weather, I think we can all agree that snow is pretty, right? Early January brought our first significant snow of the season to everyone. From Camden to Cape May, a general four to eight inches of snow fell. Temperatures rapidly warmed and it all melted away. So, is that all she wrote? Absolutely not! There’s plenty more where that came from and as a snow lover, I’m very excited.

Let’s recap my winter forecast and see how we are doing so far. I forecasted slightly below average temperatures for December. We did it. We were one degree below average as a whole and significantly colder than last year. We saw a couple very minor snow events where a dusting to an inch was picked up, but December is rarely a good month for snow in our backyards.

I forecasted a slightly below average January. So far, 18 days into the month, we are slightly above thanks to several days in the 60s. That will change. We should turn drastically colder as we go into the last week or so of the month. That will skew temperatures to the colder side. I thought February would be cold and snowy and that forecast doesn’t look to need any revision.

By next week, I expect a big pattern flip due to something called “Sudden Stratospheric Warming.” I won’t bore you with the details but basically it is a “shock” to the system. A warming event slows down or even reverses the winds circulating around something called the “Polar Vortex.” When this happens, cold is displaced and filters down from the poles and spreads through the globe. I expect this to be the case as we go into February. There will be a day or two every now and then when we warm up significantly, but there are no winters where that doesn’t happen. It’s completely normal.

One other variable we need to look at is where we stand in terms of teleconnections. These are basically upper air oscillation patterns. We need everything to set up just right for cold air to be delivered to the east coast. One of those oscillations is called the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO). We need it to go into the negative phase to hold in a cold and stormy pattern. We’ve seen it go negative, but we haven’t seen it hold. That likely changes going forward.

On the extended outlook, February will probably turn out to be two degrees below average with the opportunity for at least one bigger snowstorm. February is typically a good month for winter weather in our backyards because the ocean temperatures are at their coldest and we have less of an oceanic influence. The water 100 miles out to sea is still very warm and that could actually help amplify storms and make them stronger. We saw the result of that with the storm back on January 7.

Just because it may be warm out there today, that doesn’t mean it will be warm for the rest of the season. Old Man Winter will be coming back from vacation soon... are you prepared?

Read the full article at http://www.evergreeneditions.com/article/Forecasting+February/2690064/377532/article.html.

The Grapevine's Winter Car Care Section

With the region’s first two snow events coming on weekends, you might be feeling like we’re going to dodge the snowball this winter.

Not so fast! Take a look at NorEaster Nick’s forecast for the rest of winter. And if you’re not prepared for snowy (or messy) driving conditions, consider this fair warning. The Grapevine has three pages of winter driving tips and advertisers who can help you get your vehicles ready to weather the storms.

Ultimate Winter Driving Tips

Whether you’re driving cross country or across town this winter, consider these tips to help make your ride safer:

1. Take care of the outside: Check essential safety components like your tires, headlights and windshield wipers. Make sure you have proper tire pressure and enough tread, that your headlights are bright, and that your Wipers are clean and in good working condition. If the temperatures are still mild, it’s also a good time to give your car a good wash and a protective coat of wax.

2. Have the right type of tire: All- season tires are effective for three seasons and in regions with light-to-moderate winter weather.

However, when winter precipitation is greater and/or when temps approach the freezing point and below, all-season rubber compounds begin to stiffen enough to compromise traction in emergency maneuvers or panic braking. If you’re driving in a climate where the temperature consistently approaches the freezing point, consider winter tires to better manage winter conditions.

3. Have a winter ready kit in the trunk: Be sure you know where your ice scraper or snow brush is. It’s not a bad idea to have an extra set of gloves and boots in the trunk, as well as a shovel, ice melt and jumper cables. Hopefully you’ll never need them, but better to be safe than sorry!

More Tips for Winter Driving

Winter weather means hot cocoa and snow angels for some and slippery, dangerous commutes for many.

Owning tires with enough tread is paramount to better traction on winter roads. Drivers should check their tires now, before bad weather hits. If they feel some level of decreased performance, or their tires have 4/32 of an inch or less tread left, consumers should consider tire replacement. In winter storm-prone areas, motorists can opt for true winter tires to combat ice and snow. In more temperate zones, motorists can use good allseason tires.

Aside from having the right tires, here’s some additional advice for motorists facing slippery conditions:

Slow down. If you can’t see as far as usual, or the roads are slippery, slow down. Always consider the posted speed limits, but understand that those limits indicate the maximum speed in good weather conditions.

Plan ahead.When approaching a curve or an icy area, use the brakes safely. Apply the brakes on a straight section of the road before the curve.

Be alert to other vehicles. Maintain a four-seconds distance between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. If someone else drives too close to your vehicle, slow down to let them pass. Do not speed up.

Remember to use your lights. You should always turn your lights on when your windshield wipers are operating.

Set a comfortable temperature inside the vehicle. Keep the windows free of frost, ice and snow.

Avoid sudden braking and steering responses. Always signal early when turning or stopping, to alert approaching or following drivers.

Avoid overconfident driving. Do not overestimate the vehicle’s capability because it has anti-lock brakes, four-wheel drive, traction control, winter tires or other safety devices. Do not allow good judgment and smart driving to be overtaken by a false sense of security.

Read the full article at http://www.evergreeneditions.com/article/The+Grapevine%27s+Winter+Car+Care+Section/2690066/377532/article.html.

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