Saturday, January 24, 2009

Zonal Pattern? Yep, that's us.

Light showers are still slowly moving through South Mississippi. Rain totals today have maintained the expected "light shower" title with everyone at about 0.10" of an inch. I expect most of the rain to finally start exiting east as we roll into the overnight hours. The cold front that passed through this afternoon will continue to move out of the region, but I expect the front to stall a few hundred miles south of the coast. The upper level setup will help keep clouds in our weather scene for a majority of our Sunday forecast.

So what weather pattern are we in? Good question. Well we are currently in a Zonal pattern. This pattern basically means everything is moving west to east without any major north/south movement. This zonal pattern will relatively stick around till about midweek. The Western U.S. will have a large trough develop, which will allow plenty of precip (mainly snow) through midweek. This trough will slowly move eastward on Wednesday and Thursday to give us our next best shot at rainfall. From today's model runs, I'm trending more towards the Canadian forecast model of a cold front coming through on Friday morning.

Thanks for reading! And check back tomorrow as I will break down the last full week of January. -Tanner Cade

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