Wednesday, February 6, 2013

After The Rain

By Gene Norman
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About the best thing we can say about today's rain - at least it didn't spoil a weekend day.  Hope you got to where you needed to without too much hassle but it sure has been a mess.  Looks now that the worst may be past us, but can't rule out a few more brief, passing showers.  The upper-level disturbance triggering the downpours will slowly move away from us overnight, giving us a break from the rain.  We'll see a mixed bag the next few days before the return of more rain and winter's chill next week.

Since the source of today's rain isn't a cold front, don't expect a big cool down once the rains do come to an end sometime overnight.  Instead, a quick return of a moist southeast flow keeps us muggy and mild.  Looking down the road toward the weekend, I'm still tracking a strong cold front which will trigger more rain Saturday night (Mardi Gras revelers take note) going into Sunday.  THAT rain will be followed by a big drop in temperatures and a return of the "overrunning" pattern that was common at the beginning of January.

TONIGHT: Cloudy with occasional showers then areas of dense fog developing overnight.  Mild with temperatures falling to the upper 50s and low 60s.  Winds becoming northwesterly 5-10 mph.

THURSDAY: Morning fog, then skies slowly clearing through the afternoon.  Temperatures remain mild, rising to upper 70s by afternoon.  Northwest wind becoming northeast 5-10 mph.

THURSDAY: Low clouds and fog early, then a mild mix of sun and clouds during the afternoon.  Morning temperatures in the mid 50s, climbing to the mid 70s by afternoon.  Southeast winds 5-10 mph.

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