A slow moving area of low pressure across the Great Plains will insure that the southerly winds that kept things so warm yesterday will once again drive temperatures above average later today. Here in Lafayette, we've now gone 230 straight days without as much as seeing a temperature in the 80s. As far as I'm concerned, that's too long; that streak ends today! Between the sunshine and those breezy southerly winds, afternoon high temperatures throughout the viewing area will be at or near that 80° mark. While the combination of high pressure to our east and lower pressure to our west remains in place, tomorrow will look a lot like today, though we can expect it to be slightly warmer. The mercury will top out at 82° in Lafayette tomorrow afternoon while our skies stay clear of most cloud cover. Make sure you make the most if the next 48 hours though, the low I mentioned currently over the Great Plains will bring a sustained chance of rain beginning Thursday that could last through the start of our next work week. Our initial rain chances on Thursday will originate from a cold front that will stall out as it nears the state of Indiana. While some of the thunderstorms that day could produce some small hail and gusty winds, the main threat during this prolonged bout of precipitation will be the total amount we receive. Once that front reaches the area, a weak low pressure system will spin up within it and detach itself from the upper level jet. This is what we call a cutoff low. As a low cut off from the upper level movement of the jet stream, it has little to propel it eastward and out of the area. It appears that it will not be until next Monday or Tuesday that the scattered and unorganized rain will finally come to an end. Once it's finally said and done, we could be left with between 0.75" and 1.25" of rainfall.
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