Less Heat in Our Future

July 19, 2013 0 Comments

After a week that has featured intense heat and uncomfortable humidity, most of us are hoping for some kind of a break from the tropical weather if for nothing else but to save money on electricity.  The good news is a cold front is sweeping through the region today, bringing relief from our Deep South-like conditions just in time for the weekend.  Ahead of that front, there were some thunderstorms that rumbled through the local area early on our Friday morning, some that produced heavy downpours of rain and some very localized damaging wind gusts in parts of Rochester.  However, those storms and the threat of future storms with that front have moved on to the southeast and now we’re facing a drier, slightly less humid second half to or Friday as Canadian air builds in behind the cold front.  We’re expecting a more seasonable and less toasty and humid weekend although there will be some rain in the area.  The jet stream is buckling southward across the Upper Midwest and this new pattern is expected to linger through the weekend and at least another week or so, meaning the days hot, humid weather will take a vacation from our area.  A series of cold fronts will migrate through the region in the next week, bringing a few more chance of rain to the area and reinforcing the cooler, more seasonable weather theme.

Surface winds have turned to the northwest behind our most recent cold front, meaning Canadian air is filtering into the area.

Surface winds have turned to the northwest behind our most recent cold front, meaning Canadian air is filtering into the area.

An upper level ridge of high pressure remains planted in the north portion of the United States meaning the majority of the country is dealing with sweltering heat for the time being.

 

The jet stream for the weekend and next week will be positioned in a northwesterly flow pattern, meaning cooler, more seasonable weather can be expected with a series of cold fronts marching through the Upper Midwest.

The jet stream for the weekend and next week will be positioned in a northwesterly flow pattern, meaning cooler, more seasonable weather can be expected with a series of cold fronts marching through the Upper Midwest.

 

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