See-Saw Week Ahead

It’s the last week of October and true to form our weather will go through a series of ups and downs.

Changeable Week Ahead for CK and You
The new work and school week will start with temperatures in the cool 40s on Monday morning. With clouds and a breeze stirring, we will be in a “Frost and Fog Free Zone” for the first time in 3 days!

A gusty front will pass during Monday with a shower, but this front lacks both moisture and cold air. While a few showers will dot the HD Doppler radar scope on Monday, I sense construction workers and landscapers can claim a full day’s pay. That’s good news after two days of rain last week.
 
If you have any vacation days to burn, why not join me in taking Tuesday off? An Indian Summer extravaganza will grace our presence then with bountiful (a nice pre-Thanksgiving term) sunshine and gusty breezes. The stronger those breezes are then the higher the temperature gets on Tuesday. 70s are in the bag! That’s good news for the CK Autumnfest parade which kicks off at 6 pm.
 
Wednesday is the transition day from warmth to chill (early to late week) so we should expect showers to return, even a spring-like thunderstorm. Timing the rain will be our job from the weather center as we get closer to Hump Day. Highs in the 60s will be nice again.
 
Thursday and Friday look chillier with rain showers and even some wet snow in the highest mountains.
 
If all goes well, the rains will be gone for high school football on Friday night and the Herd’s big game on Saturday at the Joan. Right now I sense the chilliest air of the season by then, so band athletic boosters should expect a run on hot chocolate Friday night (temperatures will start in the 40s and fall into the 30s).
 
As for Saturday, Herd fans may want to throw some hot soup on the tailgate menu. Afternoon temperatures will be close to 50 with a chilly breeze especially on the shaded side of Edwards Field.
 
One last thought! The air masses that have arrived so far this autumn have been chilly but not cold by fall standards if one uses the low temperature as a gauge. Officially, we have not yet managed to get down to the freezing mark (32 degrees) for lows.
 
So the growing season rolls on with the roses at the Cabell County courthouse still in bloom and your outdoor geraniums and ferns still showing some luster here in late October.
 
This next air mass by week’s end looks chilly enough to crack the 32 degree mark. If it doesn’t, Mother Nature may be telegraphing a slower than normal start to winter.
 
With the Pacific Ocean cooler than normal (LA NINA) again this fall, the chances of a wet winter (rain and snow) look very good. But from a snow lover’s point of view, all these windy autumn storms that have crossed the Great Lakes have me concerned. This storm track is just not right for snow.
 
A pattern like this is consistent with a typical La Nina and has me thinking of a snowy winter in Chicago, Detroit and Toledo. But might we get in on more rain than snow here at home? After all, when is the last time you sledded or skied on a snowstorm that hit Chi-town,Motown or the Glass City(Toledo)? Food for thought as we approach winter.
 
I will have more on the upcoming La Nina in early November.
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