Updated 130pm CDT Friday / 6 April 2012
…. Little Change in the Overall Weather Pattern ….
…. A Generally Stable Weather Pattern Continues over the Next Few Days ….
…. Temperatures Expected to Continue Above Seasonal Averages ….
On this Friday… a weak cold front extends from northern Florida westward into deep south Texas. Surface high pressure is over the Hudson Bay / Great Lakes area extending southward through the Mississippi Valley with a secondary surface high over east Texas. As a result, a light southeasterly surface wind is present over our area.
In the upper levels of the atmosphere, a trough.. or line.. of upper level low pressure extends southward over the eastern USA with another over the Pacific Northwest, Between the two, a ridge.. or line.. of upper air high pressure extends northward into the southern plains states. As a result of the upper air wind flow, the upper level winds are relatively light and variable over our area of Texas.
The stable weather pattern.. now in place across the area.. will continue through the next few days even though our south southeasterly surface winds will continue to increase low level moisture into the area. Late night and early morning low cloudiness will be prevalent over the next few days.
Overall, a mix of clouds and sunshine is expected for late in the weekend into next week.
A backdoor type cold front, moving into the area from the northeast, again with little in the way of sensible weather, will move through the area in the predawn hours next Tuesday with slightly cooler weather into midweek.
Another cold front will move into west Texas and approach the area by late next Thursday into Friday.
My forecast confidence over the next seven days continues to be high.
For Austin and south central Texas… tonight will see a mostly clear sky. Lows in the 60s. South southeasterly winds. For tomorrow, it’ll be mostly sunny after some early morning low clouds and patchy fog. Highs in the 80s with a south southeasterly wind.
Have a good Friday night and Saturday…
Meteorologist Troy Kimmel