A couple quiet days before a very active stretch

December 5th, 2012 at 7:53 am by under Weather

Yesterday’s cold front brought a good soaking to the Miami Valley.  As expected, the afternoon ended up quite soggy, and here is a look at regional rainfall totals:

We need all the rain we can get, as at least parts of the Valley continue to be abnormally dry, if not in a moderate drought.  We are -8.76″ below normal for our yearly rainfall… and we’re coming off an extremely dry month of November.  The Dayton area only received .79″ of rainfall last month, making it the fifth-driest November on record.  The good news… we do have more rain in the forecast!  But first a couple dry and cooler days to go through…

Behind the front today, we are in a much colder airmass.  Morning temperatures are running more than 20-degrees colder than this same time yesterday!

But it’s important to keep in mind this is not a huge push of cold air… it’s actually just dropped our temperatures to normal values.  Highs in the lower 40s… lows in the upper 20s.  High pressure builds in from the north, and will dominate our weather for the next two days.  This means quite a bit of sunshine… with clouds then increasing late Thursday afternoon.  A front lifts in on Friday, bringing a good chance of rain back to the area:

And the front lingers into the weekend… and at this point it even into the beginning of next week.  So this looks to be a very unsettled, and potentially WET–really wet– period for us.  Some of the models are forecasting 1 to as much as 3-inches of rain over this stretch:

Of course, the exact placement of the heaviest rain will likely change, and there will likely be breaks in the rain, too… placement & timing forecasts will get more accurate as we get closer!

Jamie
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