Weather Patterns

Have you noticed that sometimes the weather will repeat itself several days in a row. For example, the weather could be cold and rainy for several days in a row. Another example is a month of repeating hot and dry weather. Meteorologists refer to repeating weather as a weather pattern. It is common for the weather to become locked in a repeating pattern. The same weather will occur day after day. Then suddenly one day the weather changes and for example dry weather for 2 weeks becomes rainy weather for a week. When this happens it is referred to as a weather pattern change.

The primary source that determines the weather pattern in the middle latitudes is the upper level flow pattern. An examination of the jet stream winds shows regions likely with below normal temperatures and above normal temperatures. If a forecast area repeatedly stays within a trough the weather will tend to be cooler than normal. If a forecast area repeatedly stays within a ridge the weather will tend to be warmer than normal. Troughs and ridges can become locked in position for many days or weeks in a row. When this happens some regions will have droughts while other areas have flooding. Some regions will continually have warm weather while other area much cooler weather.

Regions in which the wind direction continues from a southerly direction will tend to be warmer than normal. Regions in which the wind direction continues from a northerly direction will tend to be cooler than formal. The region in transition from the trough to the ridge with winds from the south tends to have the best rain changes especially if the southerly flow is also bringing up moisture. However, if the southerly flow is from a very dry region such as a desert then the weather will become very dry. The region in the transition from the ridge to the trough with the northerly winds tends to have drier weather since the cooler air does not have as much moisture. Also, if the northerly winds are from the continent they tend to have lower dewpoints.

There are five main components to weather:

  • Temperature
  • Humidity
  • Air pressure
  • Wind
  • Precipitation

Temperature is how warm or cool the air is in the atmosphere, while humidity measures how much moisture is present in the atmosphere. Humidity also influences the perceived temperature, and anyone who’s been stuck outside on a humid day can attest to how hot it feels compared to a day at the same temperature with low humidity. The high moisture content in the air prevents the sweat from evaporating off of our skin, which would normally keep us cool.

Air pressure is the amount of air molecules packed into an area. Changes in atmospheric pressure create weather patterns, which we’ll discuss later on. High pressure areas bring calm, cool, sunny weather whereas low pressure areas bring warm weather, rain, and clouds.

Wind is the movement of air through the atmosphere, and it helps to move air from high pressure areas to low pressure areas. Changes in air pressure also bring about clouds, collections of dust, and water vapor in the atmosphere. Precipitation is any form of water falling from the clouds; the most common forms that you may be familiar with are snow and rain. These processes bring changes in temperature and greatly influence human activity.


This is the QPF forecast and hazards map for this week – looks to be wet!

 


 

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Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Current temp is 44 degrees with a wind chill of 37 degrees! What an incredibly cold late April day! We are clearly entrenched in a below normal temp pattern! Give me below normal temps this summer or during winter not right now!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Another lousy cold Spring day in West MI! Incredible!

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

It’s a good day for the lawn. I will have to mow again once it dries up a bit.

Slim

The CFSv2 has trended towards a cooler then average May. We will have to see how this plays out.
Slim

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Who knew?

Mr. Negative
Mr. Negative

Not a surprise…

Slim

It is a cool 39.9° here at my house with rain falling. It looks like April 2019 will end up very close to average. As of this AM the departure here in Grand Rapids is +0.4° and today will be below average we will have to see how tomorrow turns out.
Slim

Slim

The extreme parts of weather patterns in our area tend to last around 5 to 10 days or less. That is periods of cold, hot, wet or dry. However, there can be a pattern trend that many times last for 25 days or more and can last up to 90 days. Think last April and May (shorter term) where April was cold and May was very warm. To longer term like January and February 2014 cold and snowy. May, June, July and August of last year warm.
Slim

INDY
INDY

Rain and temps in the 40’s is it September outside or what? Our cool Spring continues..INDY!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

If you like cool, wet weather you will love this weeks weather! Our cool pattern continues! Maybe Andy will be golfing all week and Barry will be working outside?

INDY
INDY

And the Mookiees will have the windows open in the afternoon lol.. INDY!

Andy W
Andy W

I’ll golf on Saturday!! 66 and Sunny is outstanding! I think I’ve told you at least 3 dozen times I don’t Golf during the week, I only golf on weekends. And bring on the rain while I’m at work inside! It will get the morels popping this weekend!

I’ll make sure to save this response to my clipboard, so when you copy and paste your post for at least the tenth time again next week, I can copy and paste this response!

INDY
INDY

This Saturday looks good mid 60’s sunshine Andy!! INDY!

Andy W
Andy W

Golf, grillin and chillin INDY!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Too funny!