Chad’s WLFI Weather Blog

11:33 P.M. Update

April 14th, 2014 at 11:28 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

Clouds are breaking up in central Illinois & even in parts of our western half.  So, potential of lunar eclipse viewing is there, mainly after 3 a.m.  Fingers are crossed!

In the mean time, snow is passing through with a quick patchy dusting on gusty north winds to 31 mph at times.  We have a dusting on the grass & car tops at the station right now.  It has so far amounted to a trace.

As for tomorrow, any cumulus/stratocumulus may linger to early afternoon mixed with sun.  Thinking it will go mostly sunny by mid-afternoon & after temperatures struggle to reach 40 (due to some clouds & ample mixing with gusty north-northwest winds to 35 mph), we will see a late-day rally to 40-45 as winds back off.

Tomorrow night, the winds will calm, but rising heights with warm air advection & potential commencement of south breeze late, am inclined to believe that temperatures will level off at 25-29.  I prefer this, rather than earlier opinion today of 22-26.

With strong south winds Wednesday & mostly sunny skies, 54-60 still look good.

Strong southwest winds to 45 mph Thursday & strong sinking air will result in a 63-68 day (67 Lafayette area).  This will occur ahead of a clipper racing southeastward, which will bring some scattered showers/t’showers Friday (highs 58-63).

Behind clipper, strong northwest winds & highs of 54-58 are likely Saturday with 30-35 Saturday night.


8:53 P.M. Update

April 14th, 2014 at 8:52 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

Rain continues to overspread with a rapid change-over to sleet & snow.

Accumulations on grassy & elevated surfaces is likely with less than 1″.

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28-Degree Drop Since 12 A.M………Lunar Eclipse

April 14th, 2014 at 3:03 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

It has looked pretty overcast up to 6 a.m. Tuesday morning.  However, new data does show some dry air coming in at lower levels after 3 a.m.  This MAY be just enough to break the clouds up some to allow at least some viewing of the total lunar eclipse which will run 12:53 a.m. to 6 a.m.  The middle of the eclipse will be around 3:45 a.m.

Corresponding with this eclipse will be the alignment of the Sun, Earth, Mars & the Moon.  This is quite rare.

There will actually be a total of four lunar eclipses over the next 18 months in the U.S.  This is called a tetrad.  We have had 8 this century, but there were none 1600-1900.  The last one was in 1967.

There have been only two in the last 500 years!

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Here at WLFI we have dropped 28 degrees since midnight when we were at 68.  We will drop into the 30s this evening as rain showers change to some snow showers.

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Near-record/record cold is likely Wednesday morning with lows of 22-26 across the area (26 in the Lafayette area).  The West Lafayette record low temperature is 24 set in 1962.  The latest time the temperature has dropped below 25 in West Lafayette was May 3, 1889 (24).

Typicall, we see our last temperature at 28 or less in West Lafayette/Lafayette near April 10, but it can be as late as April 17, even April 20 in our far northwest.

Southern areas usually see it April 3-10.

So, the last of 28 or less will occur later than normal this year.

Its too bad it will get this cold, as the Saucer Magnolias & Star Magnolias in West Lafayette/Lafayette are beautiful right now!

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Tracking Rain Showers/Drizzle……& Snow

April 14th, 2014 at 1:58 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

Scattered showers & drizzle continue across the area, but as temperatures are now in the lower to middle 30s from Missouri to Illinois, snow is falling there.

This will move in later this evening, then end here overnight.

The ground temperatures are mild, but patchy less than 1″ accumulations on the grass & elevated surfaces still look possible.

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Total Lunar Eclipse Tonight, But Unlikely to Be Seen

April 14th, 2014 at 12:40 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

There is a total lunar eclipse tonight, but it is unlikely we will be able see it, due to clouds.

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2014/27mar_tetrad/


12:32 P.M. Update

April 14th, 2014 at 12:33 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

Nasty, wind-driven cold rain showers & drizzle continue across the area.

These will change to snow this evening, but will end overnight.

Less than 1″ is possible on some grassy & elevated surfaces.

40s with sun & strong north to north-northwest winds is still likely tomorrow after around 30 in the morning.

Lows by Tuesday morning will run 22-26.

With strong south winds & lots of sunshine, highs of 55-59 are likely Wednesday with 60s Thursday (& strong southwest winds).

Clipper will bring showers Friday.


Near Record/Record Cold Tuesday Night (Some Snow!)

April 14th, 2014 at 9:29 am by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

Some scattered showers are still possible today with falling temperatures into the 40s.  Winds will continue to be gusty to 40 mph.

Scattered showers will change to snow showers tonight & end early Tuesday morning.  Less than 1″ of accumulation is possible on grassy & elevated surfaces.

The last time we had a dusting of snow in mid-April & highs so cool so late was actually last year.  We had a dusting of snow on April 18 & a high of only 43.

Tuesday will feature nice sunshine, but it will be windy & chilly with highs in the 40s.

Tuesday night lows of 23-26 are likely, which could tie/break some daily record low temperatures.

Thankfully we will be back to the 50s Wednesday & 60s Thursday.


10:52 P.M. Update

April 13th, 2014 at 10:51 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

Showers & t’storms will continue to increase & push in.

Low-level jet is very strong & dynamics are good, but instability is not.  That said, severe threat should remain west of our area.  If it were just a bit more unstable, this very strong low-level jet would help create an isolated, brief, weak tornado threat with small line segments in the mass of rainfall.

Showers are possible tomorrow with falling temperatures into the 40s with strong north wind.

Showers will mix with wet snow & may change to all wet snow before ending early Tuesday morning.  If there is any accumulation, it would be under 1″ & confined to grassy areas & elevated surfaces.

A total of 0.50-1″ (isolated 1-1.25″) rainfall still seems reasonable for our area followed by cool, windy Tuesday with highs only in the 40s.

24-28 will occur Tuesday night with 50s & sun Wednesday.


6:17 P.M. Update

April 13th, 2014 at 6:17 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

Progression of our system through our area tonight-tomorrow continues to look slower.

This said, showers & t’storms will arrive gradually this evening & overspread area overnight with still gusty south-southwest wind.

Showers are likely tomorrow, but they will likely not exit area until early early Tuesday morning.  As the colder air roars in, it is possible that the rain will mix with & perhaps change to a period of snow before ending Tuesday morning before 7 a.m.

No accumulation is currently expected, however.

After only 61 last night & 70s today, we will drop to the 50s tonight & then fall from the 50s tomorrow to the 40s by afternoon.  Lows will drop to near freezing tomorrow night with 40s Tuesday (& a strong cold wind!).


Warmest Day of 2014 (So Far)……Outlook to Wednesday

April 12th, 2014 at 10:41 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

Today was the warmest day so far in 2014!

Purdue Aiport ASOS reached 77, while we hit 78 at WLFI.  Warm spot was Covington with 80, while our Crawfordsville unit had 79,  Kokomo Municipal Airport AWOS 79, Grissom ARB ASOS 78 & Fulton County Airport AWOS 78.

It was also windy with very strong south-southwest winds.

Tonight will be breezy & warm with lows only around 60!

Clouds will increase Sunday with windy conditions & showers & t’storms by evening-night.  Highs of 73 in the northwest to 80 in the far southeast (76 Lafayette) look good.

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Rain may linger into part of Monday with temperatures falling from the 50s to 40s by late afternoon.

0.50-1″ of rainfall is still likely with isolated 1-1.25″ amounts in our northwestern areas.

At this point, it still looks as if the severe threat will stay just west & southwest of our area.

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Lows near 32 look good for Monday night with sunshine, strong winds & only 45-50 Tuesday (25-29 Tuesday night).  The blooming magnolias in the Lafayette area may get burned Tuesday night, unfortunately.  They are beautiful!

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Wednesday will warm into the 50s, however.