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January 22, 2019   January 22, 2019   January 22, 2019   January 22, 2019    

The Winter Father (Part Whatever)


Oh, you found yesterday refreshing (except for the wind), did ya? All you cold air
fans? Especially you folks out west with all the 60s and 70s? AHA! I thought so.

Well, sorry, back to winter today as we have yet another powerful cold front 
moving through, and again with little chance of any wintry excitement. Maybe a bit
of white stuff up north, but not enough to do much. 


Nope, just cold cold cold. And with that comes a bit of danger for those out and
about working in it. So here are some safety tips from our friends at the Amarillo
NWS office. 


On the longer time scale, I'd expect more of the same. Brief warm ups with 
more frequent cold fronts. Strong ones, usually. We've seen this type of pattern
before, with a large trough of low pressure mired over the East Coast with us
on the western edge. That means with the jet stream often coming over us from 
the NW, we get those periodic cold fronts. As the trough meanders back and forth
a bit to the west and to the east, that's when we get a warm up. When it shifts
to the west, we get a bit more cold air. 

A sticky pattern, they call it. The medium-range outlooks from CPC appear to 
continue this pattern well into next week (and beyond?). Now these maps 
weren't interpreted/massaged by human forecasters, so we'll watch for today's 
maps for some changes. Doesn't look like much would change, however. 



Don't worry, it's January. Save for August, it's possibly the most boring of all
weather months. This is expectable. 

Gary McManus
State Climatologist
Oklahoma Mesonet
Oklahoma Climatological Survey
(405) 325-2253