Friday, April 18, 2014

Good-Looking Easter Weekend!

By Jay Grymes & Steve Caparotta

WAFB Storm Team QuickCast:

- a few showers/storms this afternoon & evening, clearing skies tonight
- nearly-perfect spring weather for Saturday and Sunday
- good-looking weather for most of the coming week

It was a mild night and morning start as clouds helped keep the morning lows in the upper 50°s to low 60°s for most WAFB neighborhoods. And as expected, we enjoyed some nice breaks in the clouds through Good Friday even with the slight chance of showers that persisted throughout the day.

The day’s spotty showers were the product of two larger-scale features: a weak eastbound mid-level disturbance to our north and back-side wrap-around circulation associated with the intensifying storm system to our east. Individual cells within that wrap-around flow were drifting along a general north-to-south track and produced a few flashes of lightning and rumbles of thunder around the viewing area during the afternoon, but nothing serious or ‘severe.’

These pop-up thundershowers could make things a little dicey for this evening's "Live After Five." But by later this evening, everything clears out, leaving us with a fine Easter weekend ahead.

We're expecting morning starts in the 50°s and mostly-sunny to partly-cloudy afternoons with highs around 80° or so for both Saturday and Easter Sunday. Dew points will be in the low to mid 50°s for most of us throughout the weekend, indicating a fairly "dry" (non-humid) air mass in place.

Frankly, it doesn't get much better than this, so try to get outdoors and enjoy! Sunrise services and Easter morning egg hunts should go off without any nuisances from Mother Nature!

The nice spring weather holds throughout the better part of the upcoming work week too! We'll toss in a slight chance of rain for Tuesday -- at 20% or so -- with afternoon highs in the 80° to 83° range for the Red Stick just about all week long. Towards the week's end, we'll see another chance for afternoon showers and a few storms, but as of right now, it's a pretty good 7-day outlook. You might notice a slight rise in the humidity as the work week progresses, but nothing that feels truly muggy. 

With just about all area schools having an extended break this coming week, you couldn't ask for a much better run of days for the youngsters!

Happy Easter from the entire WAFB Storm Team!

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