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A Little Drier for the Weekend.

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This active weather pattern of recent days will settle down somewhat for the weekend before cranking back up during the coming week. The two QPF maps on the right illustrates this rather well. The first map is valid through this coming Sunday night and has the precipitation bulls-eye further east into Arkansas. We are still forecasting a slight chance of showers/storms for far E OK through that time period as well and the QPF map does show at least some rain will be possible in those areas.

Compare that with the 7 day QPF map which is the second one on the right. Keep in mind, this is an areal estimate of the precipitation potential for those seven days and it clearly shows another bulls-eye over OK and up into KS during that time frame. Also, since this is an areal average then that leaves open the possibility that some specific locations could easily receive much more. In other words, next week is forecast to see a return to another period of active weather with almost daily chances of showers/storms.

We will also have mostly cloudy skies again Saturday, perhaps a little more sunshine on Sunday and then mostly cloudy skies as a general rule for much of next week. At the same time a weak boundary has moved well south of us so that our surface winds will be primarily from a more north to easterly component through that period as well. This all combines to keep temperatures in check.

Daytime highs will be generally in the 80s and overnight lows in the lower 70s with the exception of Sunday afternoon when enough sunshine is expected to bring us back up to around the 90 degree mark. Of course, the humidity will be an issue with all the moisture, but as long as we can keep those temperatures in check, it will be bearable. Quite a contrast to the last two summers.

So, stay tuned and check back for updates.

Dick Faurot

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