Troy Kimmel Weather

Forecasting Austin and South Central Texas Weather Since 1984

TK’s Weather Discussion (Tues/27Mar2012)

Updated  930am CDT Tuesday / 27 March 2012

…. Humid Weather Pattern Continues Under with a Partly Cloudy Sky ….
…. Late Night and Early Morning Low Clouds and Patchy Fog the Next Few Days ….
…. With Passing Upper Air Disturbances, Clouds and Rain Chances by Thursday ….

On this Tuesday… a broad area of surface low pressure is over the central plains states with a trough.. or line.. of surface low pressure extending southward from a low over southeastern Colorado into eastern New Mexico and far west Texas. Surface high pressure area is over the southeastern USA. As a result, a south southeasterly surface wind is blowing across our area of Texas.

In the upper levels of the atmosphere, a deep counterclockwise rotating closed upper level low and trough is located off the eastern US seaboard with another trough located over the western third of the USA. Between the two, a weakening area of upper air high pressure covers the southern and central US plains states. As a result, upper level winds are increasingly southwesterly across our area of Texas.

A relatively stable air mass continues in place across our area.

With the south southeasterly surface wind, morning low clouds along with patchy morning fog will continue over the next few days. Otherwise, a partly cloudy sky will permit lots of sunshine over the next day or so.

Passing west-to-east overhead, weak upper air disturbances will combine with increased low level moisture and limited instability by Thursday into Friday resulting in increased cloud cover and widely scattered to scattered rain showers and thunderstorms. The main rain chances appear later in the afternoon on Thursday into Thursday night and into the predawn hours Friday. Current NWS rainfall guidance suggests that upwards of 1/2 to 1 inch of rain could fall across the area.

A more stable weather pattern will return by the weekend with rain chances diminishing and more sunshine expected.

A southeastward moving cold front is forecast into the area by late Monday night into Tuesday. The front does not appear to be that strong but I will include the mention of rain showers and thunderstorms with the approaching front.

My forecast confidence over the next 24 to 48 hours is very high with my confidence falling to medium to high with the timing of the increased cloud cover and slim rain chance for Thursday and Friday. My confidence will increase again to high for the weekend. By early next week, my forecast confidence decreases again to medium with the approach of the next cold front.

For Austin and south central Texas… tonight will see a partly cloudy sky. Lows in the 60s. South southeasterly wind will prevail. For¬† tomorrow, low clouds and patchy morning fog will give way to a partly cloudy sky. Highs in the 80s with southerly winds.

Have a good Tuesday night and Wednesday…
Meteorologist Troy Kimmel