A COLD FRIDAY MORNING
A real chill in the air Thursday afternoon with a daytime temperature that failed to reach the 50° mark – first time here in 2 weeks. Patchy clouds over the city had moved on by 10PM and the temperate responded, dropping 7 degree in one hour. Under clear skies early Friday morning we will have are thermometers below freezing including the city. The brisk northwest will continue driving down the wind chill into the upper teens and low 20s.
THEN A WARM FRONT FRIDAY NIGHT
Sunny skies to start the day but watch the horizon by early afternoon as thin, high clouds stream in from the west. Cirrus clouds up at 30,000 feet will race into the state in advance of a warm front. Dress for the chill, the warm front will not arrive until well after dark. Afternoon high temperatures could touch 50° briefly Friday with the clouds increasing toward evening. A great evening is expected for area High School football game s but grab the coat – at kickoff Friday night the temperatures should only be in the low to mid 40s
WINDY WARM UP SATURDAY
After the warm frontal passage late Friday night winds ramp up and turn gusty Saturday afternoon. Under mostly sunny skies and warming temperatures Saturday afternoon gusts to 35 miles per hour are possible. The thermometer is likely to climb to near 60 before another wind shift late in the day.
BIG COLD BLAST NEXT WEEK
It is still on track, with several computer solutions projecting a real early season blast of cold by the middle of next week. Forecasts starting Monday night show an arctic front dropping south bringing rain showers initially then a switch to sleet and snow possible Tuesday. While snowfall amounts are still unclear at this distance there are hints of some snow potentially sticking. Stay tuned, it is a real testament to the cold that is coming. A sprawling, 1044 mb (30.81″) high pressure takes hold mid-week. Afternoon temperatures in the middle 30s or cooler are possible, making this the coldest air in 8 months. More updates on the wintry mix to snow and cold temperatures coming.
The Philippines are getting ravaged late Thursday night by potentially the strongest storm ever recorded on the planet. The super typhoon estimated central pressure of 858 mb (25.34”) would be the most intense on earth with sustained winds of 195 mph and gusts to 235 miles per hour. Waves to 44 feet hit the just before sunrise in the Philippines. Fear of mass casualty and devastation could unfold by early Friday morning.
The image below is from the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies,University of Wisc-Madison. A huge storm that spans 300 miles end to end or roughly the distance from Indianapolis to Green Bay! The CAT 5 monster typhoon could be a devastating storm fueled by 86° ocean warmth. The massive storm could be one of the worst on record and forecast indicate that it regenerates in the South China sea with next landfall possible in Vietnam Saturday.