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Father's Day Weekend & A Quick Climate Outlook

Drier and sunnier conditions are set for our region this Father's Day weekend. Here is a break down of what to expect...

 After a rough work week (weather wise), we are all looking to the pleasant weekend ahead. The final round of showers pushes further eastward tonight with a cold front, which will leave us a bit cooler for tonight. Lows will drop into the low to mid 50s region wide.

 

In the wake of the cold front tomorrow, we will see highs just barely hit 80°. Furthermore, a northwest flow will keep humidity levels down. Here is a look at the high pressure system which will dominate our weather pattern this weekend...

 

Notice how by Sunday, although the high pressure system still dominates our weather, one can start to see precipitation moving in from the west with a low pressure system (bottom panel above). Although rain is not expected, an approaching warm front that the rain is associated with will shift our winds to the south. As a result, Sunday will not only become warmer; but, it will also become more humid with a flow off the Gulf of Mexico. Highs on Sunday are expected to reach into the mid to upper 80s.

 

Next week, a stormy pattern returns, with high temperatures sitting in the upper 80s. We may even hit our first 90° day!

 

On a side note, the Climate Prediction Center and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society have issued an El Niño Watch.  The chance of El Niño in the Northern Hemisphere for summer is 70%, and for fall/winter is 80%. What does this mean? Warmer than normal sea surface temperatures can be expected for the eastern Pacific Ocean. As a result, wind patterns and storm cycle will be thrown off track. Typically, El Niño leads to a drier winter pattern in our region. Furthermore, a wetter winter pattern is sometimes observed in California during El Niño, which would be very beneficial for their drought situation.

 

Have a wonderful weekend and a Happy Father's Days to all the Dad's out there!

 

-Kelly Ann

 

 

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