Ask the Meteorologist: Afternoon Winds

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “Why are winds stronger in the afternoon?” Something that we commonly see is that winds will start out calm or light in the morning hours, and then as the day progresses, the winds will start getting stronger by the afternoon. Right before the sun goes down is when we typically see the … Continue reading »

RidgeWatch – Day 2

WEATHER DISCUSSION Now entering our second day of the high pressure, the ridge is continuing to build. Each day from here, we’ll be warming into the weekend. It seems like Friday/Saturday will be the timing of the axis of the ridge. This is when we typically see the warmest of the afternoon highs. Expect high … Continue reading »

Cold Mornings and Warm Afternoons

WEATHER DISCUSSION With the changing of the seasons, we are seeing a change in the weather patterns that is having a big effect on our diurnal temperature change. The diurnal temperature change is the fluctuation¬†between the low and the high temperature for each day. There are many factors that influence the change. The low pressure … Continue reading »

Inactive Weather Pattern On the Way

WEATHER DISCUSSION A weak cold front passed overhead last night and allowed for a little cooler air to make its way into our region. With the front, came light showers, and some areas received measurable rain. Notable rainfall totals are 0.30″ at Fish Lake and a quarter of an inch in Ashland. This was the … Continue reading »

One More Round of Light Showers

WEATHER DISCUSSION A weak cold front will be swinging onshore throughout the overnight hours tonight. What it will bring with it is another day of cool temperatures and a chance for showers. There showers will be nothing like the downpour a few days ago, but at least a tenth of an inch could fall at … Continue reading »

Drying Up (Mostly) for the Weekend

WEATHER DISCUSSION After the active pattern that sat over the region throughout the last few days, high pressure is moving in. The digging trough that has been moving onshore will eventually pinch itself off and become a little more zonal (west to east). What this will do is create a low pressure system that will … Continue reading »

Another Chance for Thunderstorms

WEATHER DISCUSSION As seen yesterday, a few disturbances are rounding the area of low pressure in our region. This, mixed with the daytime heating in the afternoon plus instability in the region, kicks off thunderstorm activity. Now, because temperatures are cooler, and the fact that we usually have less instability this time of year; these … Continue reading »

Rain Starting to Fizzle Out

WEATHER DISCUSSION We have finally seen the heaviest of rain that will fall with this system. The last 48 hours proved to bring more rain than expected to our region, allowing for a little relief from the extremely dry conditions we’ve seen for a while. Early estimates with this storm were showing less than an … Continue reading »

Rain, Wind, and Cooler Air This Week

WEATHER DISCUSSION With a long dry spell over the last few weeks and only a glimmer of showers last week, a much larger/stronger system is approaching. A large digging trough moving in from the west will usher in quite a bit of moisture with a series of cold fronts. Before I get to that, I’ll … Continue reading »

Cooling Off for the Start of Fall

WEATHER DISCUSSION Summer has been hanging on by a nail. Every time we get a cold front that brings a relief, another dominant ridge of high pressure brings in temperatures well above average. The good news, is that on the first day of fall, we will be seeing “fall-like” temperatures. A series of strong cold … Continue reading »

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