After last week’s trip to Midland, we will be just a hair to the southwest in Odessa. Of course, it’s a week later, so the weather might be a hiar different.
At 753PM, CT, Odessa was reporting a temperature of 73 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Lower and mid level flow was from the southwest, where it was tapping into tropical moisture associated with the remnants of Norbert. This far away from the parent system, forcing is generally heating of the day, and the storms near Odessa should be diminishing now that night has fallen.
An upper level trough moving through the northern Rockies will dictate flow as soon as tomorrow morning, however the base of the trough will remain well north of the region. The remnants of Norbert are filtering moisture into the region at present, but the upper level trough will redirect flow from the Pacific Northwest towards lower pressure in the central and northern Rockies. Meanwhile, a weak ridge at the base of the trough will continue to generate northerly upper level flow, drying out the atmosphere in west Texas, as it usually does, when there isn’t tropical moisture polluting the fetch. Mid level flow will reinforce that dry weather, as the ridge bolsters westerly flow, rather than the weak, directionless presence it currently has. It will take a little time to clear out in Odessa, and tomorrow will probably be fairly cloudy, but expect a very nice, dry day on Tuesday.
Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy, High 88, Low 66
Tuesday – Dry and hot, High 94, Low 71
TWC: Tomorrow – Mostly Sunny High 89, Low 67
Tuesday – Sunny High 95, Low 71
AW: Tomorrow – Warmer with plenty of sun High 89, Low 66
Tuesday – Mostly sunny and very warm High 95, Low 71
NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny High 90, Low 67
Tuesday – Sunny, High 95, Low 70
WB: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy, High 90, Low 68
Tuesday – Sunny. High 95, Low 70
WN: Tomorrow – Partly Cloudy High 90, Low 66
Tuesday – Mostly Sunny High 95, Low 70
That trough I referenced is going to bring a pretty significant cold snap to the northern US. No sign of it in Odessa. This was a tough forecast, because it was pretty tough figuring out what was going on currently. I’m not used to having tropical systems affecting the southwestern US. It’s actually a very dry flow right now for west Texas. Well, it usually is, anyway.