Thursday, January 15, 2009

Mid morning update

Take a look at the temperature map below:

These were this morning's low temperatures. They ranged from -5 to -10 degrees actoss cental and northern Missouri. And -10 to -30 degrees across Iowa! The reason Iowa has much colder temperatures than ares in Missouri is because they are further north, and they have a snow pack. If we had a snow pack down here, we would of made a run at temperatures between -10 and -20 degrees with windchill of -30 to -40 degrees or colder!

Okay, now on to this afternoon. We will have abundant sunshine, but it will stay cold through the afternoon with high ranging from 0 to 10 or 11 degrees around the area. The winds will remain breezy between 10 and 20 mph. This will cause wind chill readings to be between -5 and -25 degrees today. Thus the NWS has issued a Wind Chill Advisory for most of the area, and a Wind Chill Warning for areas in Missouri from Linn County to the north and northeast.

The winds will calm down later this afternoon and evening as the arctic high nears the area, so wind chill readings will moderate to probably between -5 and -15 degrees.

Tonight will remain frigid with lows Friday morning in the 0 to -10 degrees range again. Friday is a tricky forecast as warm air will be trying to surge into the area behind a warm front. With the air so cold and dry, it wont take much to saturate the air Friday. The approaching cold front will be enough to do the trick, and I wouldn't rule out the possibility of recieving a quick half inch to an inch of snow if it actually does develop.

The warm front should push through sometime late Friday night or Saturday morning and highs Saturday will likely be in the mid to upper 40's and low 50's around the area. This moderating trend in the temperatures will continue through at least Wednesday of next week. Highs Tuesday and Wednesday will likely be in the upper 50's and into the 60's. There will be a big change sometime next week as we near the more active part of the pattern due in Febuary.

I will have a new blog later.

Alex Pickman


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