By the way, the WeatherNinja is in Norman, OK today at the National Weather Festival. He will have a write up on his section of the blog "Ninja's Corner" later this weekend. He met Reed Timmer of the "Dominator" and visited with some of the most well known storm chasers around the country. I'm sure he had a great time and I look forward to seeing pictures AND video right here on the Arkansas Weather Blog!
|Lows Saturday morning|
While many of you have already had your first freeze of the season, others are still waiting. Last Saturday morning, many locations dropped to 32 or even colder including the bone chilling 19 degree temperature in Gilbert, Arkansas. Little Rock stayed just above freezing at the airport which was a classic example of the city holding in a little heat. I remember looking at the map and seeing Little Rock at 34, but other places 3-6 degrees colder. The computer models are very consistent in dropping temperatures into the low 30s tonight so it will be close. Many of you will be watching the temperature at the North Little Rock airport as the winter contest is in full swing!
What about the forecast and all this talk about active weather down the road? The cold high pressure responsible for this chilly air will move away this weekend allowing a warm up well into the 70s next week with lows in the 40s. By the middle to end of next week, the pattern gets active again with a trough of low pressure forming in the western and central United States. At first, we can expect to be in the warm sector with showers and thunderstorms likely, but as we go deeper into November, we may be able to get the cold air more established into the region. This will promote rounds of cold rain and POSSIBLY talk of something else, but it's wayyyyy to far off to start that talk. The GFS model has been giving winter weather lovers hope in the 12-16 day time frame, but it's typical of this model to do this and Ninja likes to join this model in fantasy land when it does it!