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Warm-Up Arrives Just in Time

Dan Stillman @ 12:00 AM

Our streak of cooler-than-normal temperatures (which now stands at 16 of the last 17 days) is finally about to end. The warmer weather gets here in time to bring out barbecues and possibly bathing suits over Memorial Day Weekend. But will rain dampen the summer kickoff spirit? The forecast details follow ...


Mostly sunny and noticeably less windy as a high-pressure center passes nearby. After another cool morning commute -- mid-to-upper 40s in the burbs, low-to-mid 50s downtown -- we'll rise to an afternoon high in the mid 70s. Overnight, it'll be partly cloudy and not as cool, with lows in the mid 50s.


The heat is on, as high pressure moves offshore and a southerly breeze warms temps to a high in the low 80s under partly sunny skies. Can't rule out the slight chance of an afternoon or evening shower. Overnight should be partly cloudy and mild, still a slight chance of a shower, with lows only dropping to the low-to-mid 60s.


Maybe even a bit warmer -- low-to-mid 80s -- with a touch of humidity. It'll be partly sunny early, then turning partly cloudy as approaching low pressure and an associated cold front trigger a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. Overnight, it'll be a tad muggy with a continued chance of a shower and lows in the low-to-mid 60s.

Holiday Weekend

Saturday is the most uncertain day of the forecast. Temperature-wise, we should stay warm with highs approaching 80. But I think the cold front may lurk close enough to our south and east to give us partly cloudy skies and possibly touch off afternoon showers and storms (there's still time for this forecast to improve, though). Overnight, a few lingering showers are possible with lows in the low-to-mid 60s.

Sunday should be nicer as low pressure is replaced by weak high pressure. Could still see an isolated shower, but for the most part it looks to be mostly sunny with a high near 80. Overnight, partly cloudy with lows in the low-to-mid 60s.

Monday looks to be partly sunny with just a slight chance for a pop-up shower or thunderstorm in the afternoon. Highs in the low 80s.

In the Memphis Sky

Click to play (via Google Video)The Washington Post's Web Watch pointed me toward this very cool radar clip that shows FedEx aircraft circumventing a nasty-looking thunderstorm as they land at the Memphis airport. (Turn up your computer's volume to hear the amusing soundtrack.)

The video made me wonder what FAA guidelines are regarding the distance to be kept between aircraft and thunderstorms. On a quick search I was able find this document, which says that aircraft are supposed to stay at least 20 miles away from a thunderstorm. Not sure what the scale is on the FedEx radar clip, but seems like they might have been cutting it close.

Image courtesy Google Video (click on image to play video).


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