Saturday, December 4th 2010, 9:13 pm
By: News On 6

Quiet weather pattern. After a cold, blustery day today(notice the 24 hour temperature change chart) we can expect temperatures to be well below normal at least through the middle of the coming week before things start moderating. The real brunt of the cold air continues to be funneled to our east so that we are getting a glancing blow, but still enough to produce some cold nights and chilly days.

Also, the wind pattern aloft is keeping the more significant weather makers pretty much away from us as well. There is a system aloft that will be moving over the state on Tuesday, but it does not appear to be strong enough to overcome an overall lack of moisture. This wind pattern aloft will provide partly cloudy to at times mostly cloudy skies right on through Tuesday and there are indications we could even see some light snow flurries on Tuesday. But, it will be nothing to get excited about though.

The combination of clouds and northerly winds will keep our daytime temperatures quite chilly with maximum temperatures only near the 40 degree mark through Tuesday. That same combination also keeps our overnight lows from completely bottoming out as clear skies and calm conditions are the usual requirement for maximum nighttime cooling. Even so, temperatures will be running 10-15 degrees below normal until later in the week when our winds finally return to a southerly direction.

In fact, above normal daytime temperatures are currently anticipated for Thursday and Friday. Also, the wind pattern aloft looks to be gradually changing to a less amplified one giving the more eastern parts of the country some badly needed relief. That will also keep any major storm systems from coming our way anytime soon with just a series of relatively weak cool fronts by this coming weekend and into the following week. In other words, a relatively quiet weather pattern for us.

As always, stay tuned and check back for updates.

Dick Faurot