Friday, February 11, 2011

Sunny and Warmer Days Ahead

A shift in the weather pattern will allow us to warm-up and start thawing out over the weekend. Even though we will still have to endure the morning chill, the afternoons will be very nice, thanks to wall to wall sunshine.

The reason for our sunny and warmer weather is largely due to the fact that the Jetstream will be retreating well off to the north.

As you well know by now, the Jetstream is something I like to show on air from time to time, because it really helps tell the story of not only where the storms are located, but also where the warm and cold regions are as well.

With the Jetstream shifting to the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest regions, we will see a ridge of high pressure develop and move overhead. This high pressure ridge will steer the storm systems well away from us, while at the same time, allow for warmer temperatures to re-emerge across the Piney Woods. In fact, we may be about 10 degrees above normal by the middle of next week, as highs climb into the middle 70's.

The good news is that this pattern may hold for most of next week. So now is the time to partake in outdoor activities and soak up some of the sun's rays. After all, you just never know what storm might be looming down the road.