The Eclipse, Back To School, And A Cold Front

Monday, August 21st 2017, 4:23 am

Welcome to Eclipse Monday and also back to school Monday for Tulsa Public!   First up:   Yes there will be some cloud cover in spots during the 11am to 2pm time period today across northeastern OK.  But this will should be scattered and not overcast.   And yes, there is a chance for a few isolated showers or storms today including a small chance of isolated storms during the 2nd half of the eclipse across far NE OK.   The odds will remain low.  So not perfect eclipse viewing conditions but a little better than some of our surrounding neighbors.   Our focus for the forecast (other than the eclipse) will be a cold front that will move across the area Tuesday afternoon and evening bringing another decent chance for showers and storms.   Lower dew point temps in the 50s and 60s will follow the frontal passage Thursday and Friday before moisture returns with additional rain and storm chances into the weekend.   While temps and RH this afternoon will support another sticky heat index, the values may fall slightly below the 105 levels with most locations staying below heat advisory criteria.   Daytime highs will be in the lower to mid-90s today with south winds around 10 to 15 mph along with a chance for a few isolate storms this afternoon into the early evening.   The front will arrive Tuesday afternoon with storms developing across southeastern Kansas and spreading southward into northern OK by the afternoon and evening.   More than likely, we’ll see a line of thunderstorm activity developing as the boundary pushes southward into the state Tuesday night with pockets of moderate to heavy rainfall and possibly strong to severe wind gusts.   Later Tuesday night into pre-dawn Wednesday most of the showers and storms will be located across southeastern OK moving away from northeastern OK.    This boundary may attempt to either move northward Thursday night into Friday or could reform near or north of the region this weekend.   As this process occurs additional showers and storms will be possible during the weekend, maybe as early as Friday, but more than likely Saturday and Sunday.  

Thanks for reading the Monday morning weather discussion and blog.

Have a super great day!

Alan Crone