Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Active Weather Pattern Ahead

The weather center is busy to say the least. No, hurricane season is still a few months away, but the weather pattern is active and coming our way. Let's break this down with each possible system moving through.

1) The first cold front is moving through today. This will squeeze out the moisture left in the air after Sunday night's system. Expect showers after 6pm and lasting through Wednesday morning. After midnight we might see the rain mix with flurries, but this isn't going to be a big issue. No accumulation will be expected and road temperature will be above freezing all night. After the cold front pushes through, Wednesday will be a cool day with highs only near 50.

2) A low pressure system will push directly through Mississippi on Friday afternoon. Rain amounts are a little uncertain at this time, but some folks think latest model runs are a little too aggressive with bucket totals. The rain/snow line will be trailing the surface Low and give a second potential for flurries close to midnight Friday night. Once again, snow is not worthy of discussing.

Next two systems could change quite a bit, but here is what could happen in the long range....
3) Early Monday morning another shortwave will develop along the northern Gulf Coast. And, of course, we will see another chance of rain Monday morning. As of now, this event has the makings of all rain.

4) Two weeks from today models are trying to show a strong mid-lattitude cyclone driving through the mid-mississippi river valley. This event typically produces the threat for severe weather in our area.

Well there is the four system setup. Many things will change as our atmosphere evolves before and after each system, but the pattern is definitely active in our near future. As the Spring equinox nears and the sun angle continues to increase any snow talk will be out the door. All discussion will then be keeping an eye on cyclones developing for severe weather potential going into March and April. Don't worry, we aren't here to overhype any situation, but we will let you know of any updates you should know.

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