2011-04-10 15:59:04.000 – Stacey Kawecki, Observer and Meteorologist
At last! The weather is finally starting to get interesting! Since arriving on Wednesday (which was a characteristically foggy day) the weather hasn’t done much to surprise us. In fact, some might say the fog machine has been broken, or someone’s been tampering with it. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday have been primarily fog-free. It is only late today that the clouds have become thick enough for the sun to cease casting shadows and the ominous haze from the west has been encroaching upon our visibility. We’re down to about 50 miles.
The diminishing visibility, though notable and important, isn’t nearly as exciting as what’s going to happen over the next couple of days. Temperature finally broke the freezing mark today, and a warm front will sweep across the region tonight. Temperature will soar into the forties, approaching 50 degrees by tomorrow afternoon! Throw in the anticipated acceleration of winds and you’ve got a tropical storm! Rain will start tonight and persist through tomorrow ahead of the cold front. Tomorrow afternoon, the warm moist air flowing north from the Gulf of Mexico colliding with the impending cold front, we could see the meteorological equivalent of fireworks (lightning)! Yup, that’s right! Thunderstorms are in the forecast.
One of the best ways to celebrate thunderstorms (meteorologists consider thunderstorms worth celebrating, like birthdays) is with delicious cupcakes. We’ve since eaten the last of the chocolate-peanut butter bites of heaven, so I’ll have to come up with some other hopefully delicious concoction by tomorrow!
Stacey Kawecki, Observer and Meteorologist