Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Historic Hurricane Season Fades Away & Dancing Steam Fog a Sign of Nice Weekend on Way

Wednesday, November 10, 2010  10 a.m. (Mike Prangley Weather Blog)

What a morning it has been and it all started with some dancing steam fog over the much warmer waters around the area. It looked more like a scene from a broadway musical with the warm plumes of lighter air rising and evaporating while the heavier and cooler air from above was taking its place above the water. It was a beautiful example of meteorological processes at work that become invisible as we heat up during the day. We do know they still take place or we would not have cumulus clouds, cumulonimbus clouds or any rain or snow.  This water cycle drives our weather and life as we know it. This morning's steam fog dance really was a celebration of life and it is the little things that we need to remember not to take for granted. Our longer nights and crisp conditions created by high pressure are allowing nature to get in a nice groove as we head into the weekend. Expect temperatures to remain in the 70s for highs with only a slight chance of a coastal shower late Thursday night and Friday. Otherwise it is time to boogie and make those weekend plans now! It all starts by honoring those who serve and have served our country on Veterans Day. Last year we had rain, this year looks sunny and pleasant with temperatures near 70 at the start of the parade downtown. We have great weather for the fair and Jaguars game. The Jags and Texans kickoff Sunday at 1 p.m. Expect temperatures during the game in the lower to middle 70s with a light east wind. Teal town opens at 10 a.m. and tealgating weather will be a 10 out of 10! You can expect to strut in sunshine with our next good chance of rain will likely not move in until next Tuesday af the earliest.

We should all be dancing in the sunshine because hurricane season continues to fade away. It is the quietest in the tropics since early June. What a season it has been. We had our third highest number of named storms on record. Even more amazing was the United States did not have any landfalling hurricanes. Before the season started we had a 70% of a US strike and we can certainly count our blessings. I have some amazing stats about just how lucky we were this year. Really we have been unusually lucky since Hurricane Ike in 2008. I also have a sneak peak to Thanksgiving weekend coming up and even a stormier period for Florida on the way. Yes, we need to enjoy this nice pattern while we have it, although we could still use the rain. Things look like they could cold turkey weatherwise on us again by Thanksgiving.

Midwest Update: It is look more likely there will be a big Thanksgiving weekend snowstorm and I am favoring areas north of Interstate 80. Make sure to stay tuned for a storm that we could be measuring in feet. This scene from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin could be coming to a neighborhood to near you very soon.

 I will check back in with you this evening with much more. Have a great day.

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