Sunny, Mild Conditions This Week

Even though only a couple of people view this site, I want to inform you, myself, and those who just so happen to stumble on my page on accident, that I am still trying to figure out what I’m doing as far as a daily blog.  After all, this is a blog, therefore I am allowed to express my thoughts. Some days, I will be very technical with wording and describing the atmosphere.  For the most part, I will try to forecast for the entire Rio Grande Valley, out to 3 days.  Then I will describe the significant weather in the nation, and if it plays a role in the RGV.  If I so happen to be wrong or if you have any question as to what I am talking about in my blog, feel free to tell me in a comment.  This is still an uncertain itinerary.  I’m still debating whether I just want to forecast for the nation, or both the RGV and nation.  I will repost this on my “About” section. Now, let’s get to weather.

Rio Grande Valley:

A pleasant Sunday here in the Rio Grande Valley.  Sunny skies were observed with temperatures in the mid-to-upper 70s. Fog will be the main concern for tonight and early tomorrow morning. Lows will be in the mid 50s for much of the Valley.

(12/20): Tomorrow, like much of this coming week, expect mostly sunny skies, with temperatures in the lower 80s. Winds will generally be out of the south southeast at 10-15 mph.  Gusts could reach up to 25 mph. Monday night, expect fog with lows in the lower 60s. Winds will be out of the south southeast at 5 to 10 mph.

(12/21): Tuesday looks to be similar as Monday’s forecast.  Expect mostly sunny skies, with temperatures in the lower-to-mid 80s. South southeast winds at 5-10 mph. Tuesday night, skies will be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 60s.

(12/22): Wednesday is much of the same as Monday and Tuesday. Mostly sunny skies with highs in the lower 80s with south southeast winds at 5-10 mph. (This certainly doesn’t feel like Christmas weather.)  Wednesday night, lows will be in the lower 60s with partly cloudy skies.

Rest of the Nation:

The reason the forecast is so constant over the next few days in the RGV is because of a high pressure in Kentucky is controlling our weather, for now.  The clockwise flow around the high is kicking winds out of the south southeast and also killing any chance of rain.  This same high will actually be pushing south and west by the middle week because of a low pressure moving in over the Ohio Valley.

By Thursday, another low pressure disturbance forms over the 4-corners (Rocky Mountains) of the United States.  As it continues pushing east and then north, and eventually over the Ohio Valley by Christmas Eve, a cold front associated with this low will give slight chance of rain on Christmas Eve for the Rio Grande Valley.  For people living in lower Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and in its future path, it will bring heavy snow and likely blizzard-like conditions on Christmas Eve and Christmas day.  More on this later.

The low in the Pacific-Northwest continues churning about in the upper Pacific.  Heavy rain continues to fall in much of central and southern California associated with moisture transport from the Pacific Ocean.  Heavy snow is falling at elevated levels. This is becoming a major threat for the citizen living in California and will be for the next several days. Numerous warnings, watches, and advisories have been issued for flooding and winter storms threats.

As mentioned in the previous blog, a nor’easter has developed and is located in the North-Atlantic that brought heavy rainfall for the east coast yesterday and heavy snow for the northeast, tonight.  Fortunately, this nor’easter is not forecasted to directly hit the Continental United States (CONUS), though it will create rough seas for citizen who live on the entire east coast.  Heavy winds and snow may also impact parts of the extreme northeast states.

IR satellite (clouds) and Surface Fronts at 22Z

About Brian

University of Oklahoma graduate with a degree in Meteorology. Follow me on Twitter: @WeatherInformer
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