Vencore Weather
30Dec/13Mon

7:00 AM | A mild start to the new week

6-Day Forecast

Today

Mostly sunny, warm, highs in the low-to-mid 70’s

Tonight

Mostly clear, cool, lows near 50 degrees

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, cool, mid 60’s

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, chilly, near 50

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, cool, upper 60’s

Thursday

Mostly sunny, milder, low 70’s

Friday

Mostly sunny, cool, near 70

Saturday

Mostly sunny, pleasant, low 70’s

Discussion

After a mild start to the week, a weak system will pass through the region tomorrow and usher in slightly cooler air for the middle part of the week.

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27Dec/13Fri

7:00 AM | A little cooler this weekend, but an overall decent weather pattern

6-Day Forecast

Today

Mostly sunny, pleasant, highs in the mid-to-upper 70's

Tonight

Mostly clear, cool, lows in the lower 50’s

Saturday

Mostly sunny, pleasantly cool, low 70's

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, chilly, near 50

Sunday

Mostly sunny, nice, low 70’s

Monday

Mostly sunny, pleasant, low 70’s

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, cool, near 70

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, pleasantly cool, near 70

Discussion

An upper level trough will cool temperatures slightly for the weekend, but then a milder trend will take place early next week.

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25Dec/13Wed

12:00 PM | Weather and the Battle of Trenton on December 25-26, 1776

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Discussion

Morale was low, hope for winning the war was diminishing, and the cause for independence was fading in December of 1776. The Continental Army led by George Washington was thinning in numbers after many battles lost to the British. December began with lots of rain and muddy travel conditions for the men which did not help with their spirits. After retreating through New Jersey, they set up camp in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania where the army was met with very cold weather that led to plenty of ice on the Delaware River. All in all, things were not looking good for Washington's army.

However, George Washington devised a plan that would change the course of the war and the history of our nation. With only a week before his soldiers' enlistments expired, Washington had to do something fast. He decided he would attack Trenton, New Jersey, which the Hessians (German soldiers fighting with the British) controlled. He planned to cross the Delaware River on Christmas Day and invade Trenton before sunrise on December 26th. Washington thought this action could catch the Hessians off guard and create a better possibility of victory, thereby boosting the morale of his army.

So the day came, Christmas 1776. The weather was actually quite tranquil for most of the day. The morning started off with a mixture of sun and clouds, very cold temperatures in the upper teens, and light northerly winds. By the afternoon, clouds started to increase with temperatures now peaking in the upper 20s. These clouds were associated with a powerful nor’easter that was rapidly strengthening off the coast. This storm brought freezing rain to the Delaware Valley that then changed to sleet and snow. The crossing of the river began at 5pm on the 25th with temperatures in the upper 20s. As the 2,400 soldiers, 18 cannons, and 75-100 horses crossed the Delaware, they had to deal with the icy river conditions. During the crossing, one of the soldiers described the weather conditions as a “violent storm of rain, hail, and snow [the nor’easter] coupled with the ice flows and high winds, slowed operations.” Meanwhile, George Washington patiently watched his soldiers implementing his dramatic plan in these extreme conditions. One of his officers wrote, “He [Washington] stands on the bank of the stream, wrapped in his cloak, superintending the landing of his troops. He is calm and collected, but very determined. The storm is changing to sleet and cuts like a knife.” All the men finished crossing the river at 3am on the 26th, 3 hours behind schedule due to the weather and sheets of ice on the river. The plans to attack under cover of darkness were ruined, but Washington and his men marched to Trenton anyway, undeterred by the conditions.

Temperatures were now in the low 20s with wind driven snow and sleet coming down as the march continued to Trenton. Many soldiers were suffering and one even froze to death during the 9 mile trek. At 8 AM, hidden by heavy snow, the surprise attack on the Hessians began. Although the sleet and snow provided cover, it also made many of the muskets misfire, so cannons and bayonets were used by Washington’s forces. Washington’s plan had worked and the American army captured 900 Hessians with only a few revolutionary troops wounded. Trenton had been taken and the fight for Independence would survive.

In the end, Washington and his army endured the extreme weather conditions and the weather conditions helped with the surprise attack since the Hessians did not expect an assault in such weather. This is now thought of as the turning point in the American Revolution and another example of how weather influenced history.

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23Dec/13Mon

7:00 AM | A nice week is in store for the region with highs mainly around the 70 degree mark

6-Day Forecast

Today

Mostly sunny, pleasantly cool, highs near 70 degrees

Tonight

Mostly clear, chilly, lows near 50 degrees

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, pleasantly cool, near 70 degrees

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, chilly, near 50

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, nice, low 70’s

Thursday

Mostly sunny, mild, low 70’s

Friday

Mostly sunny, nice, low 70’s

Saturday

Mostly sunny, cool, upper 60’s

Discussion

High pressure will control the weather for much of the week. Temperatures will be rather pleasant with many days hovering near the 70 degree mark for highs.

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