Meridian Star

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October 10, 2011

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MERIDIAN — Mainly dry weather will persist into the week ahead, but there will at least be a couple of chances for a few showers.  Beginning with today, an area of disturbed weather moving northward in the eastern Gulf of Mexico will provide East Mississippi and West Alabama with some scattered showers; however, the best rain chances will remain well to our east across eastern Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.  Mostly cloudy skies will hold high temperatures in the lower 80s, and any showers that develop will only produce light rain amounts.  Rain chances will remain east of our forecast area Tuesday with highs reaching the lower to middle 80s under partly sunny skies.

    Increasing clouds are expected during the day Wednesday in advance of a cold front.  Moisture will be very limited as the boundary moves through Wednesday night into Thursday, but isolated showers are possible with the passage of the cold front.  Behind this front, cooler and drier air will once again filter into the region.  While highs will reach into the lower 80s for Wednesday and Thursday, we should see afternoon temperatures only reaching the upper 70s for Friday into the weekend.  Lows will be in the upper 50s to lower 60s through the middle of the week, but overnight temperatures will drop into the 40s by the weekend.

    I wanted to pass this information along from The National Weather Service in Jackson.  This has been a devastating year in regards to tornadoes across Mississippi, and according to the National Weather Service in Jackson, Mississippi has seen a total of 94 tornadoes from January through September.  Mississippi’s current record for tornadoes in a year was set in 2008 when 109 tornadoes were confirmed.  The state experienced 67 tornadoes during the month of April alone, and this was the month of the very violent severe weather outbreaks which produced an EF-5 tornado in Clarke County near Enterprise.  The tornadoes of 2011 have very sadly contributed to 174 injuries and 32 fatalities in our great state.      

    Trent Hughes is a meteorologist with several years of experience in broadcasting.  He earned a Bachelor of Science in Geosciences and Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University.  Email him at trent.hughes@comcast.net.  

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