Yesterday, was a beautiful day. We had a pleasant cruise through rural Illinois and Missouri. We had dinner at the Missouri Hick BBQ in Cuba, MO, and sat outside in their patio area, as the weather was sunny, mild, still and dry.
This morning has been mild, sunny and still.
The NWS in Springfield, MO, forecasts (for Joplin, MO) a sunny day, with a high temperature of 86 F. The winds will be from the northeast at 3-6 mph. This evening will be partly cloudy, with a low temperature of 64 F. Winds will be from the northeast at 3-6 mph.
National Weather Service (NWS) in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Rio Rancho, NM) a partly sunny day, with a 30% chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms, and a high temperature of 90 F. The winds will be from the north at 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. This evening will be partly cloudy, with a 40% chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms, and a low temperature of 66 F. Winds will be from the southeast at 5-10 mph, becoming northeast after midnight.
The visible satellite imagery is unavailable at this time.
The infrared satellite imagery shows a few bands of thicker clouds through Oklahoma, the Texas Panhandle and into New Mexico.
The water vapor imagery shows that we will exit the trough into deeper moisture this morning, and remain in deeper moisture throughout the remainder of our trip home.
The 12Z sounding is unavailable at this time.
The surface observations (from the SPC Mesoscale Analysis Map) show mild temperatures and high humidity (based on the surface dewpoint depressions). The skies are clear and the winds light through most of our route. The Doppler RADAR overlay shows a few bands of showers and thunderstorms over the Texas Panhandle. There is also a weak dryline running through southeastern Missouri, as our dewpoint will climb from 55 F to 61 F driving from Joplin, MO, to Tulsa, OK.
The surface pressure chart shows no strong pressure systems or gradients over our route, so far this morning. The RAP shows that no major pressure systems or gradients are expected to develop over the next six hours.
Synoptically speaking, the 300 mb NAM chart (from Unisys) shows that there will be light, mostly-zonal flow as we drive against a slight ridge that has pushed its way north into the southern Great Plains.
The 500 mb NAM chart shows no strong vorticity advection over the state today. This image has been excluded from today’s post.
The 700 mb NAM chart shows no large pockets of rapidly-rising air. This chart has been excluded from today’s post.
The 850 mb NAM chart shows no strong thermal advection over our route today. This chart has been excluded from today’s post.
The Precipitation chart shows that rain is likely near the end of our trip, as we drive through the Texas Panhandle and New Mexico.
I am expecting a pleasant drive until perhaps central Oklahoma today. I do expect to drive through some showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and evening, and I expect our humidity and temperature to be much higher than we experienced yesterday.
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The upper air soundings and mesoscale analysis plots are from the Storm Prediction Center website.
The forecasted upper air soundings are from TwisterData.com.
The surface observation and upper level charts are from Unisys Weather.
The satellite data is from College of DuPage – SATRAD