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TK’s Weather Discussion….

by troyk | on Oct 28, 2013 | Comments Off

Updated 845am CDT Monday / 28 October 2013

…. A Moist Air Mass in Place Across the Area ….
…. A Strong Upper Air Storm System / Cold Front Due Mid Week ….
…. A Round of Rain Showers and Thunderstorms as System Passes ….

On this Monday morning…. a surface high pressure area is over the southeastern USA with a cold front extending southwestward from the southern Great Lakes into northern Kansas into Colorado and Wyoming. A trough.. or line.. of low pressure extends south southwestward from a surface low along the cold front over western Kansas and eastern Colorado. As a result of this surface weather pattern, surface winds are south southeasterly across our area.

In the upper levels of the atmosphere… a southeastward moving strong upper level low pressure area is over the Reno/Lake Tahoe area of western Nevada and eastern Colorado. An otherwise zonal (west-to-east) flow continues across the rest of the USA. As a result, the upper level winds over south central Texas and the Austin metro area about 18,000 feet above the ground are westerly at 30 to 40 mph.

On this Monday, a warmer than normal moist weather pattern continues across south central Texas as a south southeasterly surface wind persists across the area.

As the upper low out west moves eastward by later tomorrow into tomorrow night and Wednesday, the inflow of moisture from the south and southeast will increase as will atmospheric instability and lift. As a result, we’ll see rain shower and thunderstorm chances increase by late tomorrow night and especially later Wednesday into Wednesday night. Some periods of heavier rain are possible.. especially Wednesday night.. as the upper air system, moves by to our distant north. Current NWS guidance suggests than upwards of 1 to 1 1/2 inches of rain could fall over our area Wednesday into early Thursday.. isolated heavier totals are certainly possible.

As the upper system passes, an associated cold front will be allowed to drop through the area on Thursday morning with high pressure.. cooler and drier air.. and clearing skies taking hold late week through the weekend.

Regarding my forecast, my local forecast confidence: High forecast confidence through Thursday (some break in the clouds and exact timing of rain chances being the confidence reducing factors) then very high confidence for Thursday night and Friday through the weekend.

Have a good Monday…
Meteorologist Troy Kimmel

Contact me:
tkimmel@austin.utexas.edu

http://www.facebook.com/troykimmel

TK’s Audio Weather Webcast….

by troyk | on Oct 25, 2013 | Comments Off

Updated 945am CT – Friday / 25 October 2013

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TK’s Austin and South Central Texas Forecast….

by troyk | on Oct 25, 2013 | Comments Off

Updated 845am CDT.. Friday / 25 October 2013

TODAY…. Mostly sunny. High 76 to 80. Variable or light northeasterly wind early becoming southerly 5 to 10 mph by late in the afternoon.

TONIGHT…. Partly cloudy early.. becoming cloudy late. Patchy drizzle and fog developing after midnight. Low 55 to 59. South southeasterly wind 5 to 10 mph.

SATURDAY…. Patchy morning fog and drizzle. Partly to mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of rain and rain showers.. where rainfall occurs, it will average less than 1/4 inch. High 75 to 79. Southerly wind 5 to 12 mph.

SATURDAY NIGHT…. Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of rain and rain showers with isolated thunderstorms.. where rainfall occurs, it will average 1/4 inch. Low 59 to 63. South southeasterly wind 5 to 10 mph.

SUNDAY…. Partly to mostly cloudy in the morning with a 30% chance of rain and rain showers mainly before noon.. where rainfall occurs, it will average less than 1/4 inch. Partly cloudy in the afternoon. High 77 to 81. Southerly wind 5 to 12 mph.

SUNDAY NIGHT…. Partly cloudy. Low 59 to 63. South southeasterly wind 5 to 10 mph.

MONDAY…. Some morning low clouds.. otherwise partly cloudy. High 78 to 82. Southerly wind 8 to 15 mph.

MONDAY NIGHT…. Partly cloudy. Low 61 to 65. South southeasterly wind 5 to 12 mph.

TUESDAY…. Some morning low clouds. otherwise partly cloudy. High 80 to 84. Southerly wind 8 to 18 mph.

TUESDAY NIGHT…. Partly cloudy early becoming cloudy late. Low 62 to 66. South southeasterly wind 8 to 15 mph.

WEDNESDAY…. Mostly cloudy early.. then partly cloudy. High 80 to 84. Southerly wind 8 to 15 mph.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT…. Partly cloudy early becoming cloudy late. Low 64 to 68. South southeasterly wind 8 to 15 mph.

THURSDAY….  Mostly cloudy early.. then partly cloudy with a 20% chance of rain showers and thunderstorms.. where rainfall occurs, it will average 1/4 inch. High 80 to 84. Southerly wind 8 to 15 mph.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE / 8 TO 14 DAY OUTLOOK
Valid Friday / 1 November 2013  through Thursday / 7 November 2013…
Temperature… Near to Slightly Above Average
Precipitation… Above Average

AUSTIN SUNSET/SUNRISE TIMES…..
Sunrise this morning (25 October)………………………………. 7:40 am
Sunset this evening (25 October)……………………………….. 6:49 pm
Sunrise Saturday (26 October)…………………………………… 7:41 am
Sunset Saturday (26 October)……………………………………. 6:48 pm

…. Time Change Coming Up ….
Central Daylight Time (CDT) back to Central Standard Time (CST)
at 2am on Sunday, 3 November 2013 when you should turn clocks
back to 1am (“fall back”). We gain our hour back that we lost in the
spring when we went from CST to CDT.

TK’s Weather Discussion….

by troyk | on Oct 25, 2013 | Comments Off

Updated 845am CDT Friday / 25 October 2013

…. A Cold Front Weakening Overhead ….
…. A Passing Upper Air Storm System and Rain Chances for our Weekend ….

On this Friday morning…. a weakening cold front extends westward from northern Florida to just offshore the middle Gulf Coast then across south central Texas and northwestward into the southern Rockies as a stationary front. A large eastward moving high pressure area is centered.. behind the front.. over Missouri. As a result of this surface weather pattern, surface winds are light and variable across our area.

In the upper levels of the atmosphere… a eastward moving trough.. or line.. of upper level low pressure is along the eastern USA seaboard. An upper air low pressure disturbance is over northern Arizona with an associated trough.. or line.. of low pressure extending southward into northwestern Mexico. As a result, the upper level winds over south central Texas and the Austin metro area about 18,000 feet above the ground are westerly at 15 to 25 mph.

On this Friday, a stable weather pattern continues across south central Texas. A weak cold front has moved south southwestward over the area in the early morning hours this morning. However, it is weakening rapidly as it senses the eastward moving upper level low pressure storm system over northern Arizona. As the front washes out and moves back northward as a warm front later today, low level moisture will increase rapidly tonight into Saturday. As the upper air system moves across Texas over the weekend and produces atmospheric instability and atmospheric lift, we’ll see rain chances return to the forecast for our area as the system moves by to our north.

Rain chances will decrease as the upper air storm system moves off to the northeast and the weather pattern stabilizes by midday and afternoon Sunday into early next week with rain chances dropping from the forecast and more sunshine for the area.

There continues to a weakening in the forecast guidance for the low pressure storm system that had been forecast for the central and southern plains states for the middle and latter part of next week. The latest guidance is now calling for a relatively weak cold frontal passage next Friday.

Regarding my forecast, my local forecast confidence: Very high forecast confidence through today and tonight.. then high confidence for the weekend into the early part of next week as it regards the progress and timing of upper air low pressure and fronts over the southern plains and any associated rain chances. My forecast confidence falls to very low for next middle into latter part of next week as it regards the intensity and timing of the cold front as well as associated rain chances.

Have a good Friday…
Meteorologist Troy Kimmel

Contact me:
tkimmel@austin.utexas.edu

http://www.facebook.com/troykimmel

TK’s Audio Weather Webcast….

by troyk | on Oct 24, 2013 | Comments Off

Updated 945am CT – Thursday / 24 October 2013

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