Sunny, Mild and Dry Days Ahead

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9:45 AM Sunday: A few low clouds swept across the local area behind the still active cold front that was by this time well to our east and south.  Skies cleared by midday as dry, stable air continued to push in on northwest breezes.

Sunday, October 15th:  Sunday was windy in the early morning, then cool, dry and sunny in the afternoon behind the cold front that swept across the area Saturday evening.  Northwest winds gusted to more than 30 MPH until 4 AM, then gradually decreased.  A peak gust hit 38 MPH at the Lawrence Airport at 1:46 AM.  By sunrise the winds had decreased to 10 to 15 MPH which continued through the day until around sunset.  The high at the Lawrence Airport reached  62 and the morning low was 45.  Sunday offered up good conditions for local residents to start to clean up tree debris, especially across the northeast quarter of town, while many more waited for electrical power to be restored following the damaging thunderstorm winds of late Saturday afternoon.

Monday, October 16th:  Monday was sunny and dry with light winds.  However, the morning was quite cool with heavy dew.  The low at the Lawrence Airport early Monday morning was 35.  The afternoon high bounced up to a near normal 70.  My personal weather station in southwest Lawrence came in with a low of 39 and high of 71.   The normal high and low for this date is 69 and 43.  The humidity was very low with the dew point around 40 degrees through the afternoon hours.  The 35 degree low at the airport was the coolest reading since a 34-degree low reading on April 23rd.

A period of dry and mild weather is in store for the rest of the week with high temperatures in the mid 70s.  Local residents still mopping up after Saturday’s severe storms will have excellent clean-up conditions to work in before the next chance of showers Friday night and Saturday.

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Monday evening’s 500 MB chart shows a pattern change as high pressure aloft builds over the western US and brings a dry, mild and stable northwest flow aloft to our region.

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Tuesday evening’s surface analysis shows high pressure that was over us last night and this morning, moving east and yielding to a light southerly ‘return flow’.  This will help to keep our temperatures on the mild side with light south breezes the rest of the week.

 

 

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