Heavy Rain Passing ThroughMay 23rd, 2013 at 8:30 am by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
We’ve seen heavy rain this morning just in time for the heavy part of the morning commute. It was rough on some of the interstates. The visibility dropped to almost nothing in some places. Here was the radar picture around 7:15 this morning:
The rain will continue to move northward this morning and will produce heavy downpours at times. There hasn’t been a lot of lightning. Lightning is more frequent when you have cold weather in the mid-upper levels of the atmosphere (and warm air near the surface). Today we have warm southerly flow at all levels. Rain will continue on and off through most of the day. Temperatures will be near 80 with a strong wind out of the south at 10-15mph with gusts up to 25mph. This is all out ahead of a strong cold front that is steadily moving closer from the west.
I’m not expecting severe weather today. Heavy rain will be the main threat with a few thunderstorms. Winds will already be gusty. So there may be some strong winds around the scattered storms. Scattered rain showers will continue tonight as the cold front approaches. By tomorrow the front will slowly work its way through the region. This will provide for some scattered showers, but not widespread.
It will also be very windy behind the front. Winds will blow from the northwest at 10-20mph with gusts up to 30mph. High temps will only be in the low 70s. It will feel even cooler with those strong winds.
We will finally dry things out by Friday night. It will be cool/mild on Saturday and Sunday with highs in the low-mid 70s. Lows will be in the 50s. At least it will be dry. On Monday we’ll warm up just a bit. Highs will be in the upper 70s with partly cloudy skies. Overall it still looks like a great weekend ahead.
Here is some news in the world of weather computing. Apparently the National Weather Service is expecting to dramatically increase its computer power in the next couple of years. It could put some of our models well ahead of the powerful European model. Here is the link from Kitsap Sun: NOAA computing power. Interesting since we just heard about how budget cuts and the sequester would dramatically hurt that same agency.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler