MU's Current Conditions: (at 03:12) Temp: 57 F | Dew Point: 55 | Wind: - calm mph
SPECIAL WEATHER DISCUSSION (Updated twice weekly, but more often when storms threaten.)

* Much Warmer Pattern Developing... *

2:00pm Monday, May 23:
It's been one of the coolest, dampest May's on record here, but the tables are about to turn on us. After a seasonable start to the week (today), with a leftover afternoon shower/storm, conditions will suddenly turn Summer-like with highs near 80 degrees on Tuesday...then warming into the mid/upper 80s for the second half of the week!

The pesky upper-level low that's plagued us the past few days will finally exit out to sea tonight, and a jet stream ridge will build over the East Tuesday through Saturday. A passing warm front may yield a shower Thursday, otherwise the midweek will be mainly dry. Friday may then be the warmest day (near 88?), although isolated an isolated pop-up shower is possible in the afternoon. But again, unlike the persistently dreary conditions of recent weeks, any shower activity this week will be short-lived.

The Memorial Day weekend forecast is hard to commit to in a highly nuanced way as of midday Monday (check back Wednesday, and I'll nail it down). The reason for the uncertainty is two-fold: 1. a backdoor cold front may move in from the Northeast late in the weekend--this would bring a day or two of cooler temps, due to a chilly NE wind off the Atlantic, 2. a developing low pressure (perhaps a small hybrid subtropical system) off the southeast US coast may push some rain our way by Monday...although this is far from a for-sure. If neither of these concerns come to fruition, then unseasonably warm and mainly dry conditions will prevail through much of the weekend. Here's hoping! --Horst

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