Monday, January 13, 2014
Roller-coaster temps this week thanks to mainly dry cold fronts
The image below is taken from this morning's GFS (American) computer model showing near-surface temperatures for the next 7 days. High temperatures for each 6 hour period are in red and low temperatures for each 6 hour period in black. The daily highs are labelled with the vertical axis on the left indicating the temperatures in degrees F. Friday morning's low is also labelled as it will be the coldest morning this week. I'll bet you can even pick out about when the fronts will come through! Precipitation is represented by blue bars (scale to the right for amounts in inches). You'll notice that after today's rain (the first 2 blue bars), there is no more precipitation expected from the GFS until early next week, despite the hills and valleys in the temperatures.
The official MWN Forecast calls for pleasant days on Tuesday (with a very small chance of a shower as the first front moves through) and Thursday with cold, windy days on Wednesday and Friday. A moderating trend is expected this weekend. It looks like another cold snap will arrive early next week. Overall, a not-unexpected pattern for the middle of winter and thankfully not as cold as the start of last week!
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