Consistently Cool

Nov. 29, 2016: We are almost into December, and the extended forecast looks to be fairly consistent this week: cool, mostly cloudy, occasionally rainy with a few flurries mixed in. After a fairly warm and up-and-down month when it comes to temperature, the quieter, consistent weather is a big departure from the roller coaster month of November.

What’s driving all this? In the short term, it’s a cutoff low. An area of low pressure is spinning its gears over the Upper Midwest.

cut off low

The low is “cut off” from the main jet stream flow, meaning nothing is moving it out or moving different weather in. For the next few days, we’ll see the weather stay cloudy, near 40° for a high, and mostly dry. This “stagnant” pattern breaks down this weekend after 3 consistent days.

snow outlook

The lone exception is when the low wobbles close enough to us that it will spark a few scattered showers, mostly as rain mixed with flurries or light snow. After that, it should wobble away enough to provide wet weather elsewhere, but keeps cloudy and cool weather around.

The jet stream looks to be more active next week, providing a few chances for precipitation. Head’s up!



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This post was written by Alex Kirchner on November 29, 2016

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