Updated 915am CT – Thursday / 4 June 2015
.. A Dry and Stable Weather Pattern ..
.. Temperatures Continue to Slowly Rise as Ground Dries ..
On this Thursday…. a weakening stationary front extends eastward from southeast Texas through southern Louisiana into the coastal areas of Mississippi and Alabama. Surface high pressure is over the northern Gulf of Mexico. A trough.. or line.. of surface low pressure extends southward from western Kansas and eastern Colorado into far west Texas and eastern New Mexico. As a result of this surface weather pattern, our local surface winds are southeasterly.
In the upper levels of the atmosphere.. a high pressure area, acting like a “lid” on the atmosphere, extends north northeastward from northern Mexico across the south central states. A trough.. or line.. of low pressure extends southward across the western coast of the USA with another one extending south southwestward across the Appalachians. As a result, our upper air winds at about 18,500 feet are light and variable.
Little change is seen over the next seven days across our area with a dry and stable weather pattern prevailing. The upper level high pressure, as pointed out above, is acting like a “lid” on the atmosphere keeping rising motion in the atmosphere at bay.
Another factor to consider is the fact that the ground is slowly drying and that is allowing afternoon high temperatures to rise a bit. As a result, afternoon temperatures, which have been a bit cooler than seasonal averages, will warm back to near seasonal levels over the next few days.
Have a good Thursday….
Meteorologist Troy Kimmel