Sunday, March 14, 2010

Cloudy Skies Ahead

You can probably keep your sunglasses at home this week. It looks like we are going to have a lot of clouds around this week. Here is a look at the week going forward. This is the morning run of NOAA's global forecast model for Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Time goes from right to left. Red line = surface temperature. Green line = dew point temperature. Green vertical bars = rain. Blue vertical bars = snow. Grey blotchy areas = clouds.

It looks like we are going to be in a cloudy and cool pattern. Our "normal" temperature should be around 57° for this time of year. It looks like we will get above that bar later in the week. By the end of the week temperatures will climb in to the 60°'s before our next storm system comes through the region. Thunderstorms will be possible with that system. It is a little too early to tell if we are talking about severe storms or not.

Notice the end of the week. Temperatures drop! This run of the model is indicating high temperatures in the upper 30°'s to around 40° for Sunday. This model has been pointing at a period of cold weather for later in March. It will be interesting to see if that will be the case.

You might have noticed a lack of posts over the last week or so. I took a little time off for some R&R. I needed to get my batteries recharged. I took a couple of days to travel down to Tampa, Florida to visit a friend I have known since 5th grade. It was a good trip. Got a little bit of beach time on Siesta Key and took in a spring training baseball game in Brandenton, Florida.

The trip to Tampa was nice and I'm back and ready to go for severe weather season.

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