Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Week Ahead

It is a nice day outside today. Plenty of sunshine and temperatures at 1:00pm CT in the middle to upper 40's. Not too shabby albeit still a few degrees below normal.

Lets take a glance at the week to come... weather wise. Here is a view of this morning's computer model run of NOAA's global forecast model for Cape Girardeau, Missouri.


In the above graphic: Time runs right to left. The vertical solid colored bars indicate precipitation. Green - rain. Blue - snow. The red line is the surface temperature. The grey boxes are clouds at varying heights.

It is looking like a relatively quiet week ahead. Notice the clouds streaming in starting Monday. This will be cloud cover coming in off a system that should miss us to the south. The clouds will stick around for a couple of days.

Temperatures will also drop off for Tuesday and Wednesday. This model puts high temperatures in the upper 30's to lower 40's. (If it was a month ago we'd probably be talking high temperatures in the upper 20's.) We will start to rebound with the temperatures for Thursday and Friday as high temperatures climb in to the upper 40's to lower 50's.

Question marks exist for the weekend. Notice the model brings in rain for both Saturday and Sunday. The model spits out about 0.2" of rain for late Friday night through Saturday morning. Then it puts out an additional 0.25" for Sunday. We'll see if this stays in the forecast as we go through the week.

If you are sick of the cold here is something to boost your spirits. Meteorological spring starts tomorrow (March 1)!

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