Friday Morning Update

Friday, May 25th 2012, 5:38 am
By: Alan Crone

The weak front that entered northwestern and central OK overnight is rapidly moving northward this morning as a warm front and will be in central Kansas within the next few hours.  A few scattered and elevated thunderstorms may attempt to form during the next few hours but almost all of these will be north of the OK-Kansas state line.  This boundary will be lifting into the central and northern plains keeping the state in the warm sector for the weekend.  Another powerful upper level system will be approaching the middle part of the country Saturday evening bringing a round of severe storms into central and northern U.S. for Sunday and Monday.  The majority of the energy will remain just north of the state but the surface front will be sliding southward early next week bringing a chance of showers and storms back to the state.  We'll have a slight chance late Monday evening but some higher chances will be likely Tuesday and Wednesday with slightly cooler air.  The severe weather threat will not be high, but it will not be zero either.   The upper air flow will change to a northwest flow aloft pattern which will be very favorable for bringing late night and early morning storm complexes into the region.  I have broad brushed the pops to 30% for most of next week to account for these probabilities, but the chances will eventually come up as we get closer to the period.   

Our rainfall totals for May continue to be well below the normal-average for the time period, but early next week the pattern should change to allow a decent chance of receiving some measurable rainfall across the area.

The Memorial Holiday weekend will feature morning lows in the lower or mid 70s with afternoon highs in the lower 90s.  South winds will be common with wind speeds in the 15 to 30 mph range Saturday and Sunday.  



The Atlantic Hurricane Season officially begins June 1st, but we got a head start last week with a weak named storm off the East Coast.  Another small disturbance is located near the Florida Keys this morning with the chances of tropical or sub-tropical development increasing during the next 24 hours.

  A hurricane is depicted this morning off the Pacific coast of Mexico.  Hurricane Bud is the 2nd named storm in the pacific basin this year and will move closer to the coastline during the next day or so.


Yesterday's high: 87

Average high for today:    82      Average low for today: 62

Sunrise today: 6:10AM  Sunset tonight: 8:31PM

Rainfall this month: .15    A departure of 4.40 from average for May.

Rainfall this year:  12.23  A departure of 2.91 for the year to date.