Yep…It’s Cooler, And The Arctic Weather Pattern.

October 11th, 2012 at 7:30 am by under Weather

Last night a cold front moved through the region.  It moved through as a dry front meaning that there was no precipitation along the boundary.  The winds did shift out of the north though.  This morning they were running out of the north at 10-15mph with gusts to 20mph near the coast.  Winds were weaker inland, and that allowed for lows to drop to the 40s with 50s closer to the coast.  We’ll have a lot of sunshine today with strong high pressure building in.  With the northerly winds staying up through the early afternoon, high temps will only get into the low 60s with a few mid 60s inland.

Today’s Forecast map

Tonight the winds will let up, and we will have clear skies and dry air.  So the temperatures will drop in the metro into the 40s.  We’ll probably see some low/mid 40s inland.  Tomorrow the winds will pick up out of the southwest again.  So highs will rise into the upper 60s.  Then a second front will ride in from Ohio and drop the highs on Saturday back into the low/mid 60s.  On Sunday and Monday we are looking at a nice warmup.  We’ll have some upper 70s with a few 80s possible.  We’ll be dry through Sunday with some scattered showers by Sunday night.

In world headlines, NOAA put out a news release about a new study that looked at the changing weather patterns over the Arctic over the last few years. It looks like the upper level winds have changed from more zonal (west-to-east) to more amplitudinal (north-to-south).  Here is the story: NOAA study.  This could help to explain why the Winters of 2009 and 2010 were persistently colder and last year was persistently warm.  So if that is the case this upcoming Winter, then we just need to figure out which side of the coin we’ll be on.  Cold or warm?….Snow or No Snow?….

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

2 Responses to “Yep…It’s Cooler, And The Arctic Weather Pattern.”

  1. Susan Blair says:

    Any thoughts on how you think our winter will be this year? The “Farmers Almanac” says it will be a cold one. I generally dont like cold winters,except for the snow, however, I am hoping for a cold winter to kill the mosquitos and fleas this year. Yikes!!

    1. Jeremy Wheeler says:

      Hi Susan. It definitely looks like it will be cooler than last Winter, but how much is still a question. Will be have persistent cold like 2 Winters ago or will it be mild with only a few cold air punches? (Rhetorical). It’s still early. Stay tuned. Jeremy

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