Daily Archives: April 21, 2013

Tracking Another Strong Cold Front

Good Monday, weather lovers. Temps are finally warming up out there today, but this isn’t a trend that’s going to last very long. Another strong cold front is going to sweep across the region by the middle of the week and it will usher in another round of spring chill. Yippee!

Skies will be mainly sunny with thermometer readings hitting the upper 60s to low 70s on this Earth Day . Tuesday will be even warmer with most temps in the 70-75 degree range. Winds will become gusty and clouds will increase ahead of our cold front that arrives on the scene by Tuesday night.

That front will produce a line of showers and thunderstorms and that shows up well on the NAM…

NAM 1

A few of the storms may be strong… especially across the west. Temps will come crashing down as the front passes and may not get out of the upper 40s and low 50s on Wednesday afternoon.

Colder than normal air will hang around for Thursday and Friday and we may even deal with a weak system diving in from the northwest.

A moisture laden system will work in for the weekend and will likely produce showers and thunderstorms…

GFS

Heavy rainfall is possible by Saturday and Sunday.

Have a great day and take care.

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A Spring Contrast

Happy Sunday, folks. Even with plenty of sunshine, we continue to talk a walk on the chilly side of the thermometer today. Frost and freezing conditions kick us off with below normal afternoon highs to finish things. The colder than normal air has been a staple of the spring and that stands in stark contrast to last spring.

The temperature pattern isn’t the only major difference from last spring to this one. The entire pattern is about as different as it can be from last year and that has led to a lot more precipitation across the country.  Check out the rainfall anomaly difference from the past 30 days (top) to April 2012…

Rainfall

That’s a VERY impressive difference and is one that will likely lead to influence the pattern as we roll into late spring and summer. A wetter ground across the central and eastern part of the country should act to keep temps from going crazy hot like we saw last summer.

The wetter than normal pattern shows no signs of letting up. Check out the next two weeks worth of rain from the GFS…

GFS

This whole setup goes along with the thoughts we’ve expressed since February… a stormy spring and summer.

Speaking of storms… our next round rolls through here Tuesday night and early Wednesday. Some of these could be severe as another surge of chilly air moves in. A stronger system may arrive around this time next weekend.

Have a great Sunday and take care.

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