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A hodgepodge of weather

By: Stacy Berman
By: Stacy Berman

The past two days we've seen everything from sunshine to hail. Brighter and warmer days are ahead!

Let's go back to Tuesday morning, when most people awoke to bright sunny skies and a little chill in the air.  The sunshine stayed strong until about noon, but that's when Mother Nature started to get a bit feisty...Clouds moved in and thickened.  Showers and even a few rumbles of thunder were seen and heard between 4:00 and 6:00 P.M..  Here, at the Newsplex, my computer in the ABC studio even had a power surge (don't worry I remembered to save my show) when a quick moving shower blew by the region.  Then the sky cleared out, even giving way to a beautiful sunset, so calmer times were ahead, right?  Not quite yet... It was a similar situation on Wednesday as we, once again, began under sunny skies, only to have more fast moving showers move over us by the afternoon. 

Blame the indecisive weather on an annoying pesky upper level low pressure system.  This system, sat overhead spinning, keeping things a bit unsettled.  While, the sunshine we had was great, even giving me a spring in my step to get up and moving, the sunshine warmed the air close to the ground while the air higher up in the atmosphere, associated with the low, remained quite cool.  This temperature difference helped destabilize the atmosphere.  So we had rising air, enough instability and the upper low to act like a trigger, giving way to the showers and thunderstorms.  The cool thing about Wednesday was that because there was such cold air aloft (higher up in the atmosphere) when the ice particles in the clouds became too heavy, they fell giving way to hail around the Barracks road area.  We can get hail even if we don't see lightning or hear any thunder.  Quite cool, I say.

That low will be lifting outta here come tomorrow, so warmer air will begin to flow into the region.  Temperatures will be on the rebound tomorrow, but still a few degrees below average during this transition.  We'll end the workweek on a warm note with highs in the upper 70s to near 80.  While that sounds lovely, I'll up the ante a little further... Highs this weekend will top out in the upper 80s and even, dare I say it, flirt with 90 degrees.  Yup, I said it... One of our areas will hit 90 degrees. 

So if you haven't made your weekend plans yet, think outdoors, but if you do go outside, please remember the sunblock and drink lots of water.  It's been awhile since we've had temperatures so warm, so use common sense, especially to those people going to the Foxfield Races... You know who I'm talking about...Hint...Hint...




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