The Written Weather Report For Dec. 24, 2012
The Past 24 hours: We have been watching this storm begin to dig in from the Pacific Northwest and as it advances rapidly towards the Southeast it will begin to start interacting with the Gulf of Mexico and will make for a significant weather event in the region as it has been all over in the Western United States the past few days.
The latest weather discussion: Low pressure will begin to move into Eastern Texas later on the 24th and start to bring with it a strong line of storms on the southern side along with a significant winter weather event to the north of the track, below we will be looking at some 36hr forecast impacts for the select cities stated above in our map. There is also another wave that is moving through early on the 24th and should be through the region by late on the 24th before the bigger of the systems begins to move in by the night of the 24th.
Houston, Texas: Starting during the first 12hrs of the forecast the region will see a light northerly wind around 5-10mph that will keep temps in the 62-66F range for the time period along with that some light rain will begin to move into the region with the chance of seeing upwards to 0.05in during the 12hr time frame. Looking forward to the 24hr outlook which will start during the 24th around 7pm we will see that the winds will increase to around 7-12mph from the Northeast along with the rainfall and intensity as thunderstorms will start to form in the region as precipitation amounts could be as high as 0.25in during this time frame. The extend outlook which is for 36hrs ahead shows that the storms will still be in the region as the chance of seeing some severe weather overnight is possible with large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes all possible in the Houston Metro area. The temps will remain in the upper 60’s during this time period as winds increase out of the Southwest around 12-17mph and temps remain in the 62-66F range for this time period.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana: The first 12hrs will find the region dealing with no precipitation and mostly cloudy skies along with Westerly winds around 7-12mph as temps will hold steadily around 62-66F. Moving into the 24hr outlook which is for the 24th around 7pm, we will see the region continue with partly cloudy skies and light westerly winds around 5-10mph as temps hold steadily around 62-66F. The extended period which covers into early on the 25th the region will have mostly cloudy skies along with cooler temps around 50-54F and winds from the Northwest around 5-10mph.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: The first 24hrs for the region will see Northwest winds around 7-12mph and also partly cloudy skies with temps hovering in the 36-40F range for the time period. Advancing into the 24hour outlook the region will see winds remain from the Northwest around 5-10mph as temps fall slightly to around 34-38F and clouds will begin to increase slowly during this time period. The extended outlook has the region dealing with some very cold air as temps fall to around the 30-34F range along with strong Easterly winds around 15-20mph and partly cloudy skies.
Little Rock, Arkansas: The first part of the period will start out with Southwesterly winds around 7-12mph and that will bring temps to around 50-54F during the time period along with partly cloudy skies. Into the 24hr outlook the region will see temps cool a tad down into the 46-50F range along with Northwesterly winds 5-10mph and increasing clouds. Looking ahead into the 36hr outlook the region will see temps drastically drop to around 36-40F, as the winds shift to the Northeast around 5-10mph and the clouds continue to increase.
New Orleans, Louisiana: The start of the outlook will have temps in the 68-72F range along with moderate Southwest winds around 12-17mph and the chance of seeing rain along with a few thunderstorms with total rainfall around 0.15in. Into the 24hr outlook the region will see temps stay at the 68-72F range along with lighter rain as totals will be around 0.05in and winds from the West around 15-20mph. The 36hr outlook as the area seeing temps falling to around the 60-64F along with more rain and thunder with lighter amounts of around 0.05in total and the winds shifting briefly to the Northwest around 5-10mph.
Memphis, Tennessee: The period will start out with some light rain in the area as total amounts could reach around 0.05in along with that will be cooler temps in the range of 50-54F and light Southwesterly winds of 5-10mph. 24hr outlook for the region shows the temps falling to around 48-52F and the clouds clearing out along with the winds shifting to the Northwest around 5-10mph. Going into the 36hr outlook the region will see cooler temps around 40-44F along with light Northeast winds of 5-10mph and partly cloudy skies.
Gulfport, Mississippi: The first 12hours will start out mild with temps in the 68-72F range and also the winds will be brisk out of the Southwest around 15-20mph and Thunderstorms will be likely with rainfall totals reaching 0.25in. Looking ahead at the 24hr outlook we will see that no major changes will happen as temps remain the same along with more thunderstorms. The 36hour outlook has the area cooling down to around 60-64F and the winds becoming lighter around 5-10mph from the Southwest.
Jackson, Mississippi: The period will start with a few showers and thunderstorms moving through on the24th as a weak frontal boundary slides through rainfall totals of about 0.15in are likely along with temps in the 64-68F range and light Southwest winds of 5-10mph. Looking ahead at the 24hour outlook we see the winds shift to the Northwest around 7-12mph and the temps slightly fall to around 62-66F and the skies clear out. The 36hour extended outlook shows the region further cooling to around 46-50F and the winds going slightly to the East at 5-10mph with increasing clouds.
Mobile, Alabama: A warm start to the period with temps in the 68-72F range along with moderate Southwest winds of 10-15mph and thunderstorms and rain in the region with the chance of seeing 0.10in total. Ahead in the 24hour outlook the area will see temps remaining constant and the winds will increase to around 15-20mph from the Southwest and the thunderstorms and rain will increase in coverage with total amounts near 0.15in. The 36hour outlook for the region shows the temps slightly falling to around 60-64F and the winds decreasing to around 5-10mph still from the Southwest and a few passing showers will still be possible with total rainfall around 0.05in.
Summary: This storm that is moving through will be the pre-cursor to the larger Christmas day storm that will track through this same region and will have significant impacts on Christmas day from Severe weather to blizzards, more to follow on that storm in our next update.
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