Alan's Friday Midday Update

Friday, November 2nd 2007, 3:48 am
By: News On 6

From 10:58 AM:

The low stratus cloud deck is hanging tough across the forecast area this morning, and it doesn't appear the deck will thin too much during the next few hours. We do have some hope for a little sun later today across the western edge of the deck, mainly along the I-35 corridor to just West of Tulsa, but this may not occur until almost 4pm. I'm lowering afternoon highs quite a bit and will keep most locations in the upper 50s to lower 60s for max readings this afternoon.

The front is expected to move into the area later tonight, but no major impact will be expected. A decent weekend will continue to be in the forecast.

Alan Crone

From 3:48 AM:

Good Morning.

Areas of low clouds have formed across portions of Northern and Southern OK and this has kept temperatures from “cratering” into the mid 30s for most of the area. Readings generally this morning remain in the upper 30s to lower 40s. A few areas that see some breaks will drop into the mid 30s with a little frost, but no major frost areas are expected. These clouds should thin out during the midday hours and then thicken up again later tonight as a frontal boundary approaches northern OK. This front should arrive around 6pm or so across Northern Ok with a wind shift but no precip is expected. Friday Night Football games will be cool. We’ll start the First Quarter around 54F and wrap up the game around 49.

The weekend looks good. An east to northeast wind will result Saturday around a surface ridge of high pressure that will quickly move east and northeast away from the area Saturday afternoon. This will allow a southwest surface flow Sunday in advance of the next strong front scheduled to arrive Monday night. Temperatures Sunday may exceed my forecasted high of 75, but the lower to mid 70s seem reasonable from a pattern standpoint.

The front will arrive Monday afternoon or early evening with a stout wind shift and a good temperature drop. A few showers will be likely to our south, but it’s unlikely that Tulsa and Northeastern OK will experience any significant precip with the system. The Gulf Of Mexico remains shut off and low level moisture will not be in place before this system arrives.

Temperatures behind the boundary will be cool with highs Tuesday remain in the mid to upper 50s for most of the day. Wednesday morning we’ll be flirting with freezing temperatures for areas north and east of Tulsa. The cold air will quickly move to the northeast and Wednesday afternoon and Thursday we should be back into the lower and mid 60s.

Alan Crone