4/28 – Rob Knight’s “Another Lovely Day” Thursday Morning Forecast

At the surface, high pressure extended from the Great Lakes southward to Florida with a weak extension southwest into the western Gulf of Mexico. This will produce clear skies and NE’terly winds this morning with seasonably cool temperatures. The upper high pressure will shift slowly eastward over the next few days, to be centered near the Appalachians by Saturday evening. Upper level weakness currently moving on the Pacific Coast will move eastward to Iowa by Saturday. An associated low pressure center at the surface will develop over Colorado today, and move to Iowa Saturday.

While winds locally gradually come around from northeast today to southeast on Friday, moisture levels don’t really begin to increase until the daytime hours on Saturday. We could see a few showers or a thunderstorm along the Mississippi coast where moisture levels are forecast to be a little higher, but any more than an isolated mention is probably overkill. Similarly, a few showers or storms could develop north of Interstate 10 during the heat of the day on Saturday as energy to the north moves eastward.

0If we are going to see any significant precipitation over the next seven days, the “best” opportunity for it appears to be Sunday afternoon. Not exactly confident on that possibility either, as the storm system in Iowa on Saturday lifts into Canada. The associated cold front never really gets close to the local area, but with daytime heating, a little more activity could develop along the coastal counties. Temperatures will be above normal for early may for all of next week.

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