12/12/14: The Power of Gloom

Visible satellite imagery this morning is still shows plenty of low cloudiness in eastern North Dakota and Minnesota.  With such a low sun angle this time of, it is awful difficult to differentiate from clouds and the light snow cover on the ground, but there are at least some breaks in the “gloom” this morning and areas that do break out of the gloom would have 40+ potential in eastern North Dakota.  Western North Dakota, like yesterday should record highs in the 50s with a few locations hitting the magical 60 degrees.

 

10:30 AM Visible Satellite
10:30 AM Visible Satellite

 

Record high temperatures are presented below (Ignore the low 30s as those are very short lived stations).  Most of the records are in the upper 40s to the middle 50s, but there are a few sites at 60.  Any spot that breaks into some sunshine would at least have a chance at a record, although western North Dakota will have the best opportunity.  Because the low overcast is more scattered today than yesterday, there could be 10 degree (or maybe more) temperature differences in relatively short distances.

 

12 12 records
December 12 Records

Saturday also looks mild, although, western North Dakota should be quite a bit cooler than today.  Eastern North Dakota potentially a bit warmer (again dependent on the low stratus deck).   There also continues to be a tight pressure gradient in the area today, so expect another breezy day with the highly variable air temperatures.

10: 00 AM Surface Analysis
10: 00 AM Surface Analysis

 

Post Saturday, there still appears to be a precipitation event Sunday into Monday (or even Monday Night).  It will come with two waves with the strong wave Monday.  The Sunday event looks to be mainly a rain threat, but the Monday event should be cold enough for snow.  Southern North Dakota and South Dakota through central and southern Minnesota look to be the more favored region for snowfall at this time.

Otherwise, next week will be colder, but close to seasonal averages.

Daryl Ritchison