Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Warm and Summer-like Temperatures Through the Next 10 Days

Well above normal temperatures are on the way for all of the Midwest this week and into next week as the jet stream lifts north into Canada for much of the next two weeks. A small cold pocket of air will rotate on through parts of the western Great Lakes on Thursday, but will be short lived as winds kick over to a more southerly direction yet again on Friday.

Memorial Day Weekend will be nice across all of the Midwest, temperature-wise with highs in the 80s for much of the area. A few strong to severe thunderstorms are possible across the entire area on Sunday and Monday as a disturbance passes through, stay tuned for severe weather updates for the Memorial weekend.

On the right is a snapshot of 850mb temperatures Memorial Day morning. It is a good example of the general pattern that will shape the Midwest over the next couple weeks...A strong area of high pressure to the east allowing for a southerly wind around the clockwise rotation of a high pressure. This wind direction will usher in warm Gulf air as a continuous fetch of wind will set up from the Gulf all the way into southern Canada. A summer pattern indeed.