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Here Come The Clouds (Again)

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Well yesterday if you read my weather blog, you’ll remember that I spent a considerable amount of time talking about the cloud cover that had developed in the plains states and my concerns about that cloud cover affecting us to start the day today. Sure enough for a few hours this AM were were swamped by clouds and low level moisture. Sometimes that moisture can get stuck here, and with a rather low sun angle during the winter months it can get gloomy fast.

What was working for us this AM was the fact that 1) there were no additional clouds streaming on top of that moisture, cutting what little sun we’d see today and helping to keep that lower level cloud cover from breaking up and 2) more importantly there was enough wind, just above the thin cloud depth to allow the atmosphere to get mixed up rather nicely and erode the clouds away. As a result we got to enjoy some sunshine this late AM and early PM. Now the concerns are growing as more clouds are moving through the plains and heading this way. These clouds may be tougher to to break through and once you get down into the OK/TX Panhandle that’s where the thickest moisture resides and that will be flying our way tonight and tomorrow AM.

There are no real changes needed to the forecast, so I won’t really recap everything for you concerning the rains. There are some indications that the storm may not be as productive for amounts as I originally thought yesterday (1″+) but we’ll see how things evolve. It probably won’t rain continuously TUE-WED, rain should develop TUE PM with a lead wave then we’ll have more rain int he area on Wednesday.

The “good” news is that the temperatures will be responding to an increasing southerly flow and moisture pushing up towards us, helping to push the dewpoints higher. It’s possible on WED we could have dewpoints between 50-55°. That would allow highs to be pushed well into the 50s should that work out.

I’ll be talking about the snow situation that has occurred thus far this late fall and early winter on the news tonight @ 9/10. It’s interesting that many cities, like Cleveland, Buffalo, Fargo, and Alpena, MI have all struggled to get snowfall this year. All those cities have had less than 3″ of snowfall so far this “winter.”

Finally, props to the KC Star, for a very in-depth article tracing the origins of the large scale storm that eventually produced the Joplin Tornado. I haven’t had a chance to read it all the way through but it looks like a good read and very well researched. There are illustrations as well. Here is the link to read the article. It’s in the magazine part of the KC Star today if you’re looking for it.

That’s it for today, enjoy the rest of your weekend, I’ll post an update tomorrow AM

Joe

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