Blame It On The Jet Stream...

 

 

April 28, 2008          

Several record or near-record cold outbreaks have swept through Texoma during the month of April. While overnight lows in the 30s happen during this month on occasion, we’ve seen more than our share of odd weather the past few months. This same pattern was responsible for the record snows in March, and for several of our severe weather outbreaks.

We have seen a great number of fairly intense upper lows sweep by during this time. The jet stream this past weekend was blowing straight out of the north: more like January than the end of April. This allowed for the record cold seen on the morning of the 28th.

Surface low pressure areas have been unusually strong as well; that’s why this has been a very windy year. Weather patterns tend to persist for several months at a time; just as when it rained (seemingly) every day in June and July last year. So, the unstable, stormy, and generally crazy weather of 2008 will eventually settle down. I just see no hints of a change within the next 10 days.

Thus, until this pattern changes, we can expect a continued fairly stormy pattern, with occasional large temperature fluctuations, into May.

Take Care,

Steve LaNore

Chief Meteorologist

KXII-TV

 

 

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  • by Ron Location: Howe on May 4, 2008 at 05:20 AM
    I have long thought that the jet stream affects our weather more than anything else. Thanks for confirming to us what appears, to me, to be a basic physics problem.
  • by Steve LaNore Location: KXII Studios on Apr 30, 2008 at 01:47 PM
    To answer Jason's wind question, the wind should indeed "settle down" somewhat by Saturday, as high pressure builds in behind the front...although it will still at around 15-20mph Saturday and Sunday. Take Care.... Steve LaNore
  • by Jason Location: Aubrey, TX on Apr 30, 2008 at 12:47 PM
    Hi Steve, I've been avidly watching the weather reports on TV and Online to see if the wind is going to be a detriment to my fishing plans this weekend on Texoma. A few other sources, like weatherchannel.com, have indicated that the wind is not going to be as severe as you've indicated. Can you please expound on the wind situation for this weekend? Thanks, take care! -
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