Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Ding Dong The Ridge Is Gone

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Well, maybe the ridge is not gone, but it's at least moving elsewhere.  More on that in just a little bit.

Wow, what a day Tuesday!  I was watching the live coverage on The Weather Channel as they took KXAS's live feed from Dallas while that tornado ripped through the metroplex.  My jaw was on the floor when I saw those trailers get thrown in the air like they were play toys.  What's really amazing is the fact I haven't heard of 1 fatality.  Give credit to ALL the local media in Dallas and the National Weather Service there.  It's a huge accomplishment to have such a damaging tornado go through a highly populated area and no one dies.  We can't stop the tornadoes, but we can get people to shelter!  That's the goal and job well done to them!!!!!!!!

While we have the threat for severe weather Wednesday, the main threat will be wind and hail across the eastern half of the state.  The tornado threat is low, but remember my golden rule, "never say never to Arkansas weather.".  I'll watch it for you.

Last week we warned about the threat for some rough weather and obviously that has happened.  Now, let's continue to look down the road and see what else Mother Nature will throw our way.  As you read about here first, there's a good chance we'll return to average or even slightly below average temperatures next week as the persistent ridge of high pressure gets relocated to the western United States.  The data continues to support a pattern chance which will bring a trough to the central and eastern United States.  This is a much cooler pattern and I think highs will be 10-20 degrees cooler than they have been.  I think we're past the possibility of a freeze, but overnight lows could get chilly and I wouldn't put those long sleeve shirts away just yet.

This is the Euro valid late next Tuesday indicating a surface area of high pressure moving in from the north.  This would help deliver the a much cooler air mass to the central and eastern United States.
The overnight run of the GFS indicates the front well to the south by late Tuesday with a strong area of high pressure still in southern Canada.  This too would bring a much cooler air mass with highs only in the 60s and 70s with lows in the 40s and 50s.  I'll keep you updated!!!!

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