Our boring weather pattern continues and many look to the sky asking why!!??. With no changes in site, the pattern we are experiencing can be quite depressing especially with no sunshine. You have probably heard the term Rex blocking thrown out there, well here is an explanation of the term.
The Rex blocking we are experiencing is more east situated than the graphic below but the results are the same.
Rex blocks are characterized by a high-pressure system located pole-ward of a low-pressure system. The Rex block will remain nearly stationary until one of the height centers changes intensity, unbalancing the high-over-low pattern.
Unsettled, stormy weather is usually found near the low pressure while dry conditions are typical with the high-pressure. Strong, particularly persistent Rex blocks can cause flooding near the low-pressure part of the block and short-term drought under the high-pressure part.
In our case, the area of high pressure is located in the northern CONUS giving us our bland weather pattern. With the lakes surrounding us, snow on the ground and above freezing temps we have fog and low clouds above keeping the sun hidden.
I did see the sun for several minutes yesterday which was welcomed though short-lived. Though mostly cloudy conditions may prevail right on through next week we may experience times of sun from time to time. Our current weather pattern will probably hang around through the end of next week, though there are hints of a change coming towards the end of next week I am still not overly excited about it until the time gets closer to becoming a reality. My forecast graphic at the top of the blog hasn’t had to change much this past week with the exception of the date which has made things easier though I would like to spice it up with something more exciting than a cloud…