The weather will offer some very nice conditions today and tomorrow ahead of a fast moving wave arriving Wednesday night and Thursday morning. The chance for showers and storms Wednesday night into Thursday morning will not be as high as this past weekend, but a few locations may pick up a couple of isolated storms. Most folks will remain dry for most of the week.
Temperatures this afternoon will be in the lower to mid 80s along with pleasant northwest winds around 10 to 15 mph. The relatively dry air at the surface is allowing for wonderful morning readings with many locations in the upper 50s and lower 60s this morning.
The extended models are suspiciously quiet for the next 7 to 10 days across the southern plains with the exception of Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. This is highly unusual. The middle to late portion of September is usually a very active time period across the southern and central plains as the upper level polar jet begins migrating southward with time. Both the GFS and EURO keep almost all of the upper air energy on the east coast while the middle portion of the nation remains clear after the middle of this week. Our next system will brush the area Wednesday but significant low level moisture will be lacking as the boundary slides across the area Wednesday. Upslope flow combined with a strong upper level low moving across the Midwest will provide for some rain, but the coverage of showers or storms will be on the slim side. This activity will be post frontal and would not be severe.
The model data at this point supports no precipitation chances for next weekend. Stay tuned for changes, but at this point it looks good next weekend with highs in the mid or even upper 80s.
We're attempting to become immersed in social media. If you're not familiar with Facebook or Twitter, good for you. You may be one of the few to not become snagged by the advent of interpersonal communication via a very non personal medium: the computer. The computer and the World Wide Web, otherwise known as the Internet, have changed everything, but only for those who allow it to do so. My mother does not own a computer and thinks a tweet is something a bird does while perched on the clothesline in the back yard. Good for her. I admire people who have refused to go along with the crowd and actually use a stamp to mail a letter to a friend instead of the fast and easy email. No, I'm not a throw back to the days of walking 20 miles in the snow to get to school, and I use modern communication tools on a daily basis. The post office doesn't like me paying my bills with on-line banking, but I enjoy the simplicity and convenience. In other words, I suppose there is good and bad in both the old and new. And this brings me full circle to why I started this thought in the first place: social media.
I have a personal facebook page or profile or whatever it's called, and have been updating this page for over a year. It's really not personal. I don't place a lot of personal items on the page, but on occasion will make reference to something besides the weather. I mostly place a small forecast for the afternoon on my page. Boring, simple, weather information.
The facebook folks will only allow you to have 5000 friends attached to your facebook personal page. So, we decided to start another page to accommodate more friends. If you are a facebooker and you want to be on the page, this is your invitation. Go to the page and hit "like" and you're good to go.
If you're already on my personal profile page, I'll encourage you to "like" the new page anyway. There may be a time soon that I stop updating the personal page, and just update the "fan page".
If you're like my mother, and associate a tweet with a bird, you can skip this next part.
I also tweet on occasion, and you're also invited to follow me on twitter.
Just head to Twitter.com and search for Alancrone.
So, what do you get by following me on twitter and by becoming a "fan" of the fan page on facebook?
Mainly a short update about the weather a couple of times during the morning on facebook. I may send a few messages at times on twitter about the weather. That's just about it. I'm a pretty boring person. Yes, I go to the store and put gas in my car just like you, but I'm not going to waste your time by having you read about it on facebook and twitter. I may direct you to something on our web page, or maybe a special news story that we're working on for the morning show, but I promise not to fill up the space with needless information.
So, we're off and running in the realm of social media. If you don't want to be a part, I totally understand. I actually get it and admire you for staying away from it. But if you spend way too much time on facebook and twitter anyway, we may as well spend some time together. Thanks for reading and have a great day.