Weddings Will Catch a Winter Blast This Week
Wedding Weather Following an El Nino Weather Pattern. Written by: Vin Crosby October, 9 2006
Weddings east of the Rockies this weekend are in for some chilly temperatures and some wintry weather. The cold air will reach areas like Atlanta, New Orleans, and Charleston, South Carolina. The cool air will even be felt down in Florida after the chance for some severe weather. Needless to say this weekend is not going to be the best for weddings for much of the eastern and southern United States because of the weather.A surge of polar air will move southward through the plains states on Wednesday pushing the cold front into the south on Thursday. Severe storms and heavy rains will fire up in advance of the front bringing the chance for devestating winds and even tornadoes.
Right now Wednesday afternoon through Thursday night looks nasty from the Ohio River Valley southwest through Tennessee and back into southern Louisiana and Texas. This will all move east Friday and Friday night with potentially devestating affects. This front looks to stall out over Florida Saturday so wedding plans from Tampa to Orlando over to Daytona and all points south could be in the running for severe storms.
Behind this front will be our first shot of real cold air for this fall season. Snow will be flying in the upper plains east through the Great Lakes Region. Some areas in Michigan and Minnesota could pick up substantial snowfall by this weekend. The coldest day of the weekend looks to be Saturday in the south however long range models are developing a wave of low pressure in the Gulf of Mexico which will spread rain over Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and Arkansas. This won't be a mild rain it'll be very chilly. All this will gradually expand east by Sunday afternoon. This pattern is a classic El Nino weather pattern.
If you didn't read our August article El Nino is expected through Spring of 2007. This typically puts a very strong subtropical jet stream over the southern United States which is the current case. Storms over the northeastern United States help pump in colder air over the extreme eastern United States and that sometimes like now makes it into the south. The jetstream helps bring clouds and storms trapping in the cool air. Colder than normal temperatures are expected this winter from Texas east across the southeastern United States. Out west and in the northern plains it's drier than normal and warmer than normal.
The problem this week will be there could be more heavy rain around areas of North Carolina and Virgina where the flooding is already occuring and the potential for severe weather in the south especially Florida. If you have wedding plans this weekend October 14th and 15th and your in the areas mentioned above on list of plans for the wedding and guests put safety at the top.
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