|WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2014
PARTLY SUNNY SKIES AND MILD TO WARM TEMPERATURES TO CONTINUE
TROPICAL DEPRESSION #9 FORMS IN THE BAY OF CAMPECHE
Mostly sunny to partly cloudy and warm this afternoon. High temperatures will be be in the low-80's. We should have northeast winds winds at 10-15 mph. It will be partly cloudy and cool tonight. Low temperatures will range from the mid-60's in Galveston to the low-60's on the mainland. Expect northeast winds at 10-15 mph. Thursday should bring partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies and warm temperatures. Highs will be in the low-80's. Expect northeast winds at 10-15 mph. On Friday, we should see partly cloudy skies and warm afternoon temperatures. Highs will be in the low-80's. Winds will be from the east at 5-10 mph.
SYNOPSIS AND OUTLOOK:Fairly pleasant October weather should continue as a high pressure ridge aloft dominates our weather. Tropical Depression #9 in the Bay of Campeche will contribute to a brisk easterly flow and somewhat higher tidal levels, but dry air aloft should keep our area rain-free.
High pressure dominates much of the country, with high pressure ridging south-southwest from eastern Canada and the Great Lakes through the Mississippi Valley into East Texas. A mostly stationary frontal boundary extends east from near Brownsville across the Gulf of Mexico and Florida to the Atlantic. To the northeast, an active cold front is moving slowly south from the eastern Dakotas to the northern rim of the Gulf of Mexico and then back northeastward to a low east of Washington D.C. Elsewhere, another cold front is sagging south from the northern Plains to the central Rockies with high pressure over the northwest Rockies. Further west, a Pacific cold front is approaching the West Coast.
At the upper-levels, we are easing back into a slightly more amplified pattern with a deep upper-level low over Virginia and an associated low pressure trough digging south across the region. A sharp high pressure ridge extends from Canada, the Great Lakes and eastern Plains to Texas. Further west, a short-wave trough is moving east through the northern Rockies. LOOKING AHEAD
Generally pleasant weather will prevail through the end of the week into the weekend, with cool to mild nights and warm afternoon temperatures. Brisk east to northeast breezes and slightly elevated tide levels will continue for another couple of days.
The main feature in the Tropical Atlantic Basin this morning is Tropical Depression #9, which formed in the Bay of Campeche from the low pressure system we have been monitoring in that region.Currently, the ill-defined center of poorly organized and mostly stationary Tropical Depression #9 was located near 19.4 N and 92.4 W, or about 120 miles west-southwest of Campeche, Mexico. Sustained winds were estimated at 35-mph and central barometric pressure at 1002 MB (29.59"). Some intensification is possible before the system drifts west across the Yucatan Peninsula. Meanwhile, a deep non-tropical low southeast of the Azores in the far eastern Atlantic is being given a 10% chance of becoming a tropical or sub-tropical system.