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Turning the corner toward warming, but certainly a brr morning

Temperatures this morning may be the coldest yet in this freeze pattern, but by the end of the week we'll see highs moving toward the 80s this weekend.

It's a coold Thursday morning everyone.

Not a good thing for the fruit trees, or those plants. It's unfortunate that you can't miss a day protecting the garden, but better weather is on the way. This afternoon will be fantastic with highs bouncing back to near 60. We've had quite a streak of only briefly interrupted sunshine, and the next few days looks like more of the same.

Thursday Morning Friday Morning

This large area of high pressure has pushed cold Canadian air all the way down to the Gulf coast, but will start to push toward the Carolina coast for the weekend. As it does so, its cold air will start to mix with the air around it, much like what happens if you were to pour a cup of cold water into a warm bath. From here on out, the cold won't be as cold in the morning. Today (Thursday) should be the last day for freeze protection with this event. There may still be a little patchy frost out there on Friday morning.

Now that we've got more sunshine on our hands, some of you may have noticed that parts of the area hasn't been receiving a whole lot of rainfall. Last year, in April alone we were already pushing the 3" mark in Huntington. This year, we've received just 1/3rd of an inch. Here's the last three months worth of rain in perspective:

Rainfall From Normal

So far, it's not enough of an issue to put us on drought patrol, but some of us do need a little rain. Some do not-- note the Boone/Lincoln county flooding showing up like a bulls-eye. It certainly is interesting to see places that are 2"+ above normal for rain and 2"+ below normal in such close proximity.

Our next shot of moisture will be Saturday, but just barely... Here's the GFS:

GFS - Saturday GFS - Monday

What is happening here is that a warm front will be lifting up through, and eventually settling just to our north. As it does so during the day Saturday, we'll see some clouds ride through from south-to-north. There will be a few showers with this, but not much. Beyond this, we'll go to a pattern of unseasonable warmth as the actual rain impacts folks along I-70 and I-80 instead of us. It won't be until the middle of the week until appreciable rains come to town-- you can see the clashing of the warm and cold air over parts of "tornado alley" on Monday. I suspect we'll be back to severe weather tracking by then, though it probably won't stay together like that by the time it reaches us (not that anyone's complaining). Until then we'll see 75-85 degree weather for several days in a row.

Here are today's weather maps n such :-)

Regional Radar/Satellite with Warnings Tracking

Accuweather Radar

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Have a great day everyone!

-B

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