Good morning, Chirp Chirp, and Happy (almost) Weekend, my fellow Cardinal human beans!! That cold snap we talked about is here today with a bite all its own, but with the NW winds it has even a bit more edge – it was 17 degrees with a wind chill of 3 at around 10 AM! Our low was quite a frigid 14 degrees set near 8 this morning, too! However, the news is good, and it’s only up from there! As a matter of fact, our average temperatures for early February are around 40 degrees, yet we look to rise to more than 10 degrees warmer than that average by the time we hit the end of this latest five-day forecast period, and we’re at or above average for around 80% of that! An upper-level ridge of high pressure is sliding in from the west, and at the surface, we already have a decent high in its footprint. The winds around that surface high should respond to the change in our setup and swing out of the SW and freshen back up. A word of caution about these winds for our Saturday, however: These winds could be quite strong with gusts at or over 40 mph, so secure those loose outdoor objects! All this working together should bring the warmth people might definitely be hoping for. We do deal with clouds Sunday as an upper-level low-pressure system swings along that ridge axis into our area. however, we don’t have enough moisture to work with to really bulk up those clouds too much nor create much in the way of precipitation. Meanwhile, we go from upper teens/lower 20s today through the 30s and 40s and into the 50s(!), soaring like a Cardinal as we fly through the weekend into Monday, so enjoy those weather conditions & fly safely into the weekend – Stay warm the rest of today too!