Out of this World Weather
Posted January 16, 2006
On a more terrestrial note, today's extended discussion from the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center makes mention of an interesting blip in the models later this week (roughly late Thursday into Saturday) involving low pressures and a possible warm-core circulation in the Carribean, drifting west across the northern Leeward Islands and into the vicinity of Puerto Rico and Hispaniola. Models are in poor agreement, and this may turn into nothing. The strongest signal seems to come from the Canadian Global Model, and you can make out the feature in these two panels valid Friday Evening and Saturday Evening - it will be interesting to see if this fizzles, or if yet another off-season tropical cyclone might be in the making!
Finally, on a more local note, after a weekend of "normal" temperatures for this time of year, we're slipping right back into a mild pattern, and will have to watch again for the potential for brief heavy showers and possibly intense thunderstorms Tuesday night into early Wednesday with the passage of a fast moving cold front. Models indicate a rapid drop to "snow supporting" temperatures in the wake of the front, but also rapid drying aloft that will likely leave us with little but decreasing clouds and a few sprinkles Wednesday. We did manage some snow this past Saturday evening in the region, but not locally, as Kill Devil Hills, Manteo and Elizabeth City all reported a brief period of flurries around midnight into very early Sunday morning...