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Afternoon Forecast Discussion, 4/25/24: Calling In Some Nice Sky Conditions

Good Morning, Cardinal Country & Happy National Telephone Day!! Aside from some upper-level winds carrying some high and wispy clouds through our area, the main thing that has come to call (pun intended) is the much clearer sky overhead and the high pressure taking control of our weather. It is a cooler surface high in terms of temperatures – taking air from upper northeastern Canada & whipping it into our area – but an upper-level ridge is building into the Plains States is expected to move eastward. At the same time, a frontal boundary stretching from Kansas to Tennessee holding warmer air to the SW of it. Both are expected to roll into our “neck of the woods” and warm up our temperatures, but these will not be our source of warmth for today.

The somewhat warmer weather this afternoon will be mainly influenced by the clearer skies, allowing for the sun to impart its heat upon the earth more efficiently – as opposed to the clouds that were largely scattering/weakening the effects of its rays to a reasonable degree yesterday – allowing for 6° or so of warming compared to the 53° of yesterday. Aside from some occasional drifting high clouds, not much is expected to get in the way of the sun’s influence & we should warm through the 50s to almost 60 throughour afternoon. Not much in the way of wind either as the pressure change that drives it from ENE to the WSW of us is rather small. That wind will turn SE to S through the day tomorrow and into the weekend, bearing the chance for warmer & more moist air to influence our weekend ahead. That frontal boundary ahead creates the chance for showers tomorrow, beginning a weekend that also looks active just to our west as a trough of low pressure moves east – this carries the energy for some stronger storms that may begin our week. Not a lot of confidence in that yeat, but stay tuned!

-Cardinal Weather Service Weather Forecaster Ryan Hill-

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