Special Weather Discussion
Latest Weather Discussion by Eric Horst
11:00am Friday, January 24, 2020
* Top 10 Warmest January *
Currently, January is running 7.3 degrees above normal (through January 23). Given the pattern the next week, I don't see this number softening at all...so we'll likely end the month with a similar anomaly. This would make for the 8th warmest January on record--but of course, this could shift up or down a few spots depending on actual highs and lows over the month's final 8 days.
The main event (storm) in the next week comes tonight into Saturday with periods of rain between midnight and mid-afternoon Saturday. Around one inch of rain is likely to fall. A trailing cold front and upper-level system might brush us with a few flurries around daybreak Monday (temps near 32). Otherwise, high pressure will gradually take control early next week with temps running 5 to 8 degrees above normal.
Another weak disturbance will pass by on Wednesday, but the next significant event looks on track for February 1 - 2. This system will, of course, be lacking Arctic air ahead of it...so a track over or west of us is likely another soaking rain event. There's an outside chance, however, that the large-scale pattern will begin to amplify and subtly rearrange heading into the first week of February. So given the right trough placement, the storm could develop to our East, thus becoming a rain changing to snow event for next weekend. But again, this is a long shot and definitely NOT something to monger or promote. Don't go there!