Friday Morning Satellite & Temperature Analysis

Written by on January 31, 2014 in NatGasWeather - No comments

Active Weather To Impact Much Of US This Weekend

 

A very active weather pattern is setting up over the US and should remain for the next few weeks.  A strong temperatures gradient has set up from north to south across the US and this will lead to zonal, west to east flow allowing numerous weather systems to come out of the western US to gain strength as they track into the Plains.  This will lead to widespread areas of rain and snow over the coming weekend.  While the eastern US experiences much milder conditions compared to the recent cold the Midwest will already start to see another round of cold temperatures push through which will follow behind the coming low and filter into the Plains and Northeast by late this weekend.  The pattern is quite sloppy when viewed from a satellite perspective due to many weather features and abundant cloud cover affecting different regions of the country.

 

1)  A boundary left over from the earlier week Arctic combined with a weak weather disturbance will continue to drive showers over Florida.

 

2)  A very disorganized weather pattern over the US has set up.  A warm front out a ahead of a low coming out of the West will lead to bands of showers over the central US, which is difficult to see due to abundant cloud cover.

 

3)  A Canadian front will push through the Midwest and phase with the low coming of the West over the next 24 hours. Most importantly, it will bring another round of cold temperatures and snowfall to the Midwest with chilly temperatures eventually into the Plains and Northeast.

 

4) A fairly strong weather system is currently tracking through the Southwest.  As it pushes into the Plains it will gain strength and bring widespread areas of rain and snow to much of the central and eastern US over the coming days.

 

Friday Morning Water Vapor Satellite Image

Friday Morning Water Vapor Satellite Image

 

The image shows temperature changes Friday morning compared to Thursday morning.  Several things stand out.  The first is the considerable warming of 20+F degrees over much of the eastern US, which will continue to increase in values as the day wears on.  Also, over the Midwest a fast moving front has pushed in and dropped temps 20-30F compared to yesterday.  This cold air will push into the Plains later this weekend after the storm coming out of the West taps into it and draws it south.

The image shows temperature changes Friday morning compared to Thursday morning. Several things stand out. The first is the considerable warming of 20+F degrees over much of the eastern US, which will continue to increase in values as the day wears on. Also, over the Midwest a fast moving front has pushed in and dropped temps 20-30F compared to yesterday. This cold air will push into the Plains and Northeast later this weekend after the storm coming out of the West taps into it and draws it south.

 

Much milder conditions have set up across the southern US and into the Mid-Atlantic.  Even the Northeast will see temperatures above freezing for most locations.  The coldest air will be over the Midwest as chilly Canadian air will gradually filter into the central US over the weekend after a fairly strong storm tracks through.

Much milder conditions have set up across the southern US and into the Mid-Atlantic. Even the Northeast will see temperatures above freezing for most locations. Even warmer conditions are expected Saturday and Sunday for these regions.  The coldest air will be over the Midwest as chilly Canadian air will gradually filter into the central US over the weekend after a fairly strong storm tracks through.

 

We thought that the models would be late picking up on the amount of warmth as each storm appcoaches the eastern US.  The data has proven this as the latest shows warmer than normal conditions now pushing all the way through the Northeast and into portions of the eastern Great Lakes.  Colder than normal conditions are expected over the western US and Plains.

We thought that the models would be late picking up on the amount of warmth as each storm approaches the eastern US. The data has proven this as the latest shows warmer than normal conditions now pushing all the way through the Northeast and into portions of the eastern Great Lakes by Saturday. Colder than normal conditions are expected for the western US, Midwest, and Plains which will gradually push toward the East late Sunday.

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