Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Temperatures Soaring into the 80's by Weeks End

If you and your family plan on hitting any East Texas lakes this spring break week, the weather should suit you quite nicely.

In looking at our current weather pattern and what may evolve over the next five to seven days, it's safe to say that no major storm systems will be headed our way anytime soon. This means the prospects for rain and thunderstorms will be virtually slim to none.

It also means our temperatures will be trending upward as well. The image above shows what the jetstream will look like by the end of the week.

A trough along the west coast will keep many of those areas unsettled, with the threat for some heavy rain likely. A ridge of high pressure, however, will be situated over us and much of the Deep South by the weekend. That area of high pressure in the upper atmosphere (20-30,000 feet) will steer any storms away from us, and at the same time, allow us to warm up significantly.

I am forecasting high temperatures the next couple of days to reach the middle to upper 70's. By Friday, many of your backyard thermometers will show low 80's, and some middle 80's will be possible by the weekend.

Needless to say, we will be warmer than normal, with afternoon highs by this weekend running some 10-14° above normal. I think it is safe to say that spring is already here.