Changes today: Rain is here… temps held backMarch 23rd, 2012 at 7:55 am by Jamie Jarosik under Weather
Our streak of 80-degree days comes to an end today… as we will be held back by clouds and rain moving through the region. We did have four 80-degree days in a row, and we’ve been above 70-degrees for ten days. Five of those days hit record highs… and we even had record high LOW temperatures during this time frame. What a stretch it’s been!
We currently stand at the warmest March on record, but with more of the month to go… that could change. We will keep tabs on it for you!
So, things change today. We already have rain moving through the Miami Valley this morning. Not everyone is seeing it, as it’s been scattered, and this will be the nature of the rain through the course of the day. On & off showers… perhaps a few thunderstorms. There is the potential for a band of showers to set up and affect the same spots… with some heavier downpours also possible today… so we’ll have to watch for some ponding out there, and other minor flooding problems. The threat of organized severe weather looks to be just west of us today, as you can see from the SPC’s latest Severe Weather Outlook:
But we can’t rule out a storm or two with gusty winds and even a little bit of hail as a cold front moves through. The best chance for this to occur will be in the later afternoon/evening hours. The front will be east of us on Saturday, but we still have to deal with the upper low. It is pretty impressive on the morning satellite imagery… click the image below to see the loop:
That upper low will keep us with the chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms for the first half of the weekend, with drier conditions building back our way for Sunday. Temperatures over the weekend will be in the mid-60s for highs. That will certainly feel cool, but remember that it’s still about 10-degrees above normal! Cooler conditions will stick around for the first part of next week, too. If you’ve done some early planting, keep an eye on those morning low temperatures. At least one day looks to dip down into the 30s.
I’ve been talking about the extremely high tree pollen all week, and yesterday morning, our daughter woke up with puffy, swollen eyes. It was scary to see, but I was pretty sure of what it was, as she had been sniffling and rubbing her eyes for days–seasonal allergies. Sure enough, Dayton spends another year on a bad top ten list… from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: TOP TEN WORST CITIES FOR ALLERGIES
Hopefully the rain will bring relief to some of you, as it washes the pollen away… and with the storm moving in and mixing things up, the air quality (which has been moderate the past few days) will improve. But along with the moisture, will come higher mold counts… so just be aware!
Happy Friday… high fives… and have a great weekend!!