12/22- Rob Knight’s “Warmer Temperatures Ahead” Afternoon Forecast
Clear skies will continue overnight as temperatures will once again drop into the 30s. Just a bit warmer than last night as a few locations will be in the low 40s. The warming trend continues going into Thursday with highs around 3 to 5 degrees warmer than forecast for today. Only difference is perhaps some very thin/patchy cirrus advecting in from the northwest around deep southwestern US upper-level high-pressure and some patchy low-level Cumulus. Friday, we begin to see a bit of an eastward transition with the strong mid to upper-level ridge over Mexico beginning to stretch into the central Gulf. The return flow will bring way above seasonal temperatures in the low 70s Christmas-Eve, the mi/upper 70s Christmas Day. High pressure will setup and dominate the forecast through the weekend and early next week.
Starting out with early this morning, surface high pressure has built in across the southern MS valley region/NW GOMEX. The high center is just to our west primarily over western parts of LA. Probably the most exciting news is we can finally say goodbye to all the clouds!