April Warmth Ahead!

April 6, 2017: We haven’t had too many cool days so far this month; in fact, most of the days we’ve had so far this April have been near April. However, cloudy, windy, and rainy weather has put a bit of a damper on the month. That will change this weekend! Beautiful and sunny weather is on the way.

The jet stream lately has been to our south, with a powerful area of low pressure nearby. This produced the windy weather, plus the heavier rainfall and all of the clouds. The northerly jet stream winds directed in colder air too.

That all gets kicked out east, with high pressure and a ridge in the jet stream. Southerly winds will drive in much warmer air, getting us to 10 degrees or more above average by Saturday and Sunday. That means highs in the 70’s for a few days!

Looking farther out, get used to seeing much more warmer weather than cooler weather this month. The Climate Prediction Center shows most of the Midwest above average for temperatures in its forecast for the month.

Anything above 56° early this month and above 66° at the end of the month for highs is considered above average for April. Since we’re talking about the 70’s this weekend, could the 80’s be ahead soon if we are expected to be above average? We’ll see!

-Alex

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This post was written by Alex Kirchner on April 6, 2017

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