Tuesday, February 28, 2012

More Fog, More Warmth

By Jay Grymes & Steve Caparotta

Highs climbed into the upper 70°s with some 80°s for highs today, as the 2011-2012 winter continues on its run of warmer-than-normal days. Have you noticed the sizes of the mosquitoes lately? Yikes!

The warm weather remains in place through the rest of the work week. You’ll notice the humid, Gulf air as well, making for sultry days by late February and early March standards. Not only will highs be running around 80° for the next three days, but morning lows will also be well-above normal, running in the 60°s for many WAFB neighborhoods! The current weather pattern will mean more mornings with areas of dense fog and afternoons where you’ll be cranking up the air-conditioners. For now, the National Weather Service in Slidell has decided not to post a Dense Fog Advisory for most of our viewing area, but you can see advisories have been posted both to our east and west.

Although most of us stay dry, we can’t rule out a sprinkle or two on Wednesday and we’ll put a 20% chance of mainly-afternoon showers in the Thursday forecast.

A big change in our weather comes during the latter half of Friday into early Saturday as a fast-moving cold front pushes into and through the state. The front looks a little slower today than forecast guidance showed yesterday, so we’ve lowered Friday rain chances and upped the rain chances for Saturday morning. For now, this looks to be a late night to early morning event for most of us. It is still a little too early to tell at this point, but we can’t rule out a strong storm or two with the frontal passage.

Titan9 RPM model projection for Noon on Friday. The cool front seen to our west will likely deliver our best rain chances early on Saturday.

But as a “fast mover,” we should see improving conditions during the mid-day and afternoon on Saturday, with noticeably cooler air as well. Set Saturday afternoon’s high in the mid to upper 60°s, with a fine-looking Sunday under mostly sunny skies and highs in the upper 60°s.

Into the extended, the early part of next week looks good as well, with dry days and highs around 70° for Monday and Tuesday.

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