A foggy and mild start to the week

After the most rain we've seen since Superstorm Sandy (not that that's a lot), temperatures are going to be staying up pretty high to start the week. Another couple shots of precipitation lie ahead this week.

It's a back-to-work Monday... I had a great few days off with the family, doing the decorating thing... and matching socks.

Following the showers of yesterday ( > 0.50" in many spots along I-64 and into Ohio ), the big deal this morning will be dense fog. The ground and lower-levels of the atmosphere are awash in moisture without a whole lot of steering currents to keep things stirred. I bet a lot of you had already experienced it if driving around those places last night.

Here's a few experimental satellite products that we use to try to keep track of where the fog is and how thick it is:

GOES-13 Fog Product (Experimental) GOES-13 Fog Depth Estimate

Sometimes the site is down, so I apologize if those images aren't there, or are old, but they have been known to be effective in peering through a specific lense to get at the fog.

A few lingering showers will be out there during the first-half of the day, but beyond that we'll try to gradually improve to Tuesday morning.

NAM - Tuesday PM NAM - Wednesday AM

Don't get too comfy though, as another shot of moisture comes in, but this time with some cold air moving in behind it. The jet-stream has been unapprovingly north the past several days, so this represents at least a little shake-up.

You can see the difference with the regional temperatures to start the week:

GFS - Max Temps - Monday GFS - Max Temps - Tuesday GFS - Max Temps - Wednesday

I bet there's a great love-hate relationship with those temperatures on Tuesday. Some folks will be over-joyed at near-70 degree temperatures, while those skiers and snow-lovers will be quite disgusted. That's one of those tough ones when your friendly meteorologist doesn't know whether to call it a 'great' day or not ;-)

The pattern flips over though by the middle of the week, and we'll get back to normal or even below normal temperatures for a bit (check out the 7-day below for more). If you're an 'everything in its season' kind of person, like me, you wouldn't mind seeing the cold air stick around as it is December after all...

Here's a look at the longer range outlook:

6-10 Day Outlook - Temperature 6-10 Day Outlook - Precipitation

Looks pretty ugly for those hoping for a winter-wonderland. But all is not lost just yet. You know about these long-range things... they can be wrong ;-)

Regional Radar/Satellite with Warnings Tracking

Accuweather Radar

From the Storm Prediction Center (below): Click For a Larger Image

Activity Overview Storm Outlook Watches Potential Watches Storm Reports
Temperatures HD Doppler Radar Estimated Rainfall Active Warnings
Current Temperatures HD Doppler Radar Estimated Rainfall Active NWS Warnings
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Have a great day everyone!

-B

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