Records Set Today, What About Sunday?

Saturday, April 9th 2011, 7:46 pm
By: News On 6

We set a record this morning and tied one this afternoon and as you can see by the map on the right, it was an extremely warm day across the entire state today. Look for Sunday to also start off near record territory as brisk southerly winds will continue through the overnight hours keeping temperatures from dropping off much. However, it appears that somewhat cooler air aloft will limit the heating potential during the day Sunday keeping us below record levels for the afternoon highs.

Offsetting the somewhat cooler air aloft is a more SW surface wind which is also a very warm, dry wind for us. And since the winds will be strong and gusty this also means an extremely high fire danger situation will remain in place through tonight and all day Sunday. This more SW surface wind component is due to the dry line mixing further eastward than it usually does and it may also provide a focus for some storms to develop late in the day. These would be most likely east of Hwy 75 and any that can develop would most likely become severe given the strength of the wind fields at the surface and aloft.

A trailing cool front will catch up to the dry line Sunday night and push on eastward for Monday. However, some morning clouds and chances of showers may linger into the morning hours of Monday before the skies start clearing later in the day. Brisk NW winds behind the cool front will provide a nice break to the unusually warm temperatures

Tuesday will start off clear and cool followed by a quick rebound in temperatures. Back to warm and windy for Wednesday along with another high fire danger situation in advance of the next storm system coming our way along about Thursday. Despite the chances of showers or storms on Thursday and perhaps early Friday, we still do not see a drought breaker anytime soon.

In the meantime, stay tuned and check back for updates.

Dick Faurot