It was a really tough middle of February, but late last week, the recovery and a look towards spring began. We put together a forecast for Gulfport, which, even along the Gulf Coast, endured unusually cold weather. They started bouncing back on Friday and Saturday, however, with temperatures almost touching 60 on Saturday. It’s not warm, especially in southern Mississippi, but it was getting there. To go along with the positive vibes, there was a three way tie atop the leaderboard. Accuweather, Weatherbug and Forecast.io secured the top spot. Actuals: Friday, High 56, Low 33 Saturday – 57, Low 28
You know all those times where I said that forecasts would soon be coming more quickly? Well, we are now at those times. Another forecast, and another for southern Mississippi.
AT 953PM, CT, Gulfport was reporting a temperature of 40 degrees with overcast skies. North winds continued to bring cold air to the region, behind a cold front that lay between Pensacola and Tallahassee. Sub freezing temperatures continued to the north, where ice, snow and cold have drastically impacted basic utilities. The jet trough is restructuring the surface area of low pressure. Presently, there is an elongated surface trough, which is producing the rain and snow seen up and down the coast, but the base of the jet trough will interact with the low pressure channel along the Gulf Stream through the day tomorrow. As a more organization comes to the surface feature, low level moisture and clouds will pull away from Gulfport. It may not be warm, but Friday afternoon and Saturday will at least have sunshine. Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy early, then clearing, High 52, Low 35 Saturday – Sunny, feeling warmer, High 58, Low 30
TWC: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy skies. High 51, Low 32 Saturday – A mainly sunny sky High 55, Low 30
AW: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny and cold High 50, Low 32 Saturday – Plenty of sunshine, but cool High 56, Low 28
NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing High 49, Low 31 Saturday – Sunny, High 56, Low 27
WB: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy in the morning, then clearing. High 49, Low 33 Saturday – Sunny, High 56, Low 28
WN: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 49, Low 32 Saturday – Sunny, High 55, Low 29
FIO: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy throughout the day High 51, Low 33 Saturday – Clear throughout the day. High 56, Low 30
I am a little more optimistic for a warm up. Full sun in southern Mississippi should at least get a little closer to 60, right? The cool, moisture rich air of the southeast is leading to a lot of clouds tonight.
First the good news: there were no thunderstorms last Wednesday or on the 4th of July for the city of Gulfport. Now the bad news: it was really stinkin’ hot. Low to mid 90s in the afternoon, and a low of 75 each morning. I hope the air worked for locals, or at least they have grown accustomed to sweating through the night. Accuweather had a dry forecast and the second best temperature forecast, which meant they started July off on a good note. Actuals: Wednesday – High 92, low 75 Thursday – High 94, low 75
If you haven’t ever been to Gulfport, or know where it is located, Gulfport is a port on the Gulf.
At 853AM, CT, Gulfport was reporting a temperature of 86 degrees with clear skies. It’s the season for light off shore convection, and indeed, there is already some off the Mississippi Delta. These Gulf Coast storms tend to be more widespread than anticipated in model guidance, and an intense rain shower cannot be ruled out today. In the parlance, the Gulf is “open” meaning there is little to no counterflow to sea breezes, and sultry air is free to invade the coastal areas. This tends to mean that in the afternoon, there will be enough instability for occasional showers and thunderstorms, particularly a few miles inland where the sea breeze loses momentum, with storms then drifting back towards the coast as the sun sets. This will probably be the pattern each of the next two days in Gulfport, and truly, the entire Gulf Coast. Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with a few thunderstorms, High 93, Low 76 Thursday – Mostly cloudy with a few thunderstorms, High 95, Low 76
TWC: Tomorrow – Partial cloudiness early, with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 90, Low 76 Thursday – Sunshine and clouds mixed. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible High 93, low 77
AW: Tomorrow = Intervals of clouds and sunshine High 92, low 76 Thursday – Mostly sunny High 95, Low 76
NWS: Tomorrow – A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Partly sunny High 91, Low 76 Thursday – Mostly sunny, high 93, Low 76
WB: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy, slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon, High 91, low 75 Thursday – Sunny in the morning then partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon High 93, low 75
WN: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy with scattered storms, High 92, low Low 77 Thursday – Partly cloudy, High 93, Low 77
FIO: Tomorrow – Humid and partly cloudy throughout the day. High 91, low 78 Thursday – Humid and partly cloudy throughout the day. High 93, Low 78
Hot. Humid. Mississippi. Here is some of this morning’s off shore convection on radar.