Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Dry Weather Continues!

-- Jay Grymes & Steve Caparotta
     Wednesday, November 21
One thing is certain, anyone on vacation this week hit the jackpot weather-wise -- whether it’s school kids or those taking advantage of the holiday and extending their run of days off!

There really wasn’t much in the way of fog earlier this morning, and Wednesday afternoon was just another beauty of a November day, with highs in the 70°s under sunny skies. And Thanksgiving Day shapes up to be much the same. We’ll start Thursday a couple of degrees warmer -- in the upper 40°s for the Capital City. We may find some pockets of shallow fog around sunrise, but that won’t last long. By the afternoon, winds will swing around to the south and it’ll be mainly sunny skies with highs again in the mid to upper 70°s!
Fog may be a little more widespread on Friday morning thanks to a little more low-level moisture due to the southerly flow. But we don’t expect the fog to be a big deal for early morning Black Friday bargain hunters. Our next cold front is still on schedule to slide through the viewing area during the latter half of the day on Friday, but all indications are that it will be a “dry” front.

You may notice the wind shift by Friday afternoon, but the cooler air behind Friday’s front won’t really become noticeable until the evening hours. However, we’ll certainly feel it on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, with highs in the 60°s rather than the 70°s we’ve enjoyed this week.

On Tuesday evening we showed that regional rain totals since October 1st are generally running about 20% to 35% of normal for most WAFB communities. That’s not so dry as to qualify as “drought conditions,” but most of us could use some rain for the lawns and fall/winter gardens. Our extended forecast has rain returning to the area with the next cold front -- currently scheduled to arrive Tuesday.

And we’ve not said anything about it for some time, so if you are wondering: the tropics are “quiet.”

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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