Issued: 12am on Thursday, January 1st 1970
Technical Forecast Discussion
Short term (Wednesday 12/12 through Saturday 12/15)
The upper level ridge moves in Wednesday that will provide a quick warm up for the region as southerly flow will be allowed to move in and promote some WAA with highs for Wednesday looking to be around the mid 40s. Clouds will increase Wednesday night as an upper level trough will follow closely behind the ridge that brings in stronger upper level flow. With the trough so far south, this will allow for moisture from the gulf to be brought up north on Thursday and Friday. Chances for showers are low on Thursday. but will become highly likely on Friday as a stronger temperature gradient will be available to interact with a near exit of a jet streak to promote precipitation. The low will be to the east on Saturday as clouds remain, but showers slowly decrease as Saturday progresses.
Long term (Sunday 12/16 through Tuesday 12/18)
Lack of upper level flow on Sunday will likely result in calm conditions and relatively low cloud cover for the day as ridging will dominate despite the shortwave trough south of the region. A brief period of cloudiness will occur Sunday night as a band of moisture generate from the shortwave move through. Another upper level ridge moves in on Tuesday as the day looks to be exceptionally dry and will allow for warmer air to move into the region along with high pressure. Zonal flow is present for Wednesday as warm air remains in the region putting highs around the mid to high 40s.