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Wet and Mild Start to March

Posted by on Mar 4, 2024 in Blog, Latest Posts | 0 comments

Wet and Mild Start to March

After a brief cooldown at the end of last week, spring-like weather has returned to Northeast Mississippi. With highs in the 70’s (above average for this time of year) and rain scattered throughout the workweek, this week’s weather will feel much more like early spring than late winter. That being said, while astronomical winter still has about two more weeks left, meteorological spring began on Friday. “What’s the difference?”, you may ask, the date of astronomical spring is determined by the earth’s position in its orbit around the sun. The date of the spring equinox can change annually depending on when the sun is directly over the equator. Meteorological spring, on the other hand, is marked by the transition from cooler temperatures to warmer temperatures and is always from March 1 through May 31. FORECAST FOR THE WORK WEEK Tonight into Tuesday morning, rain chances will increase steadily as a broad area of rain out front of a cold front in the Great Plains moves into our area. The cold front itself will not pass through Northeast Mississippi until Wednesday, but the rain will impact us much earlier. The highest rain chances for Tuesday look to be between 5 AM and 3 PM, but some showers could hang around overnight into early Wednesday morning. Tuesday’s high is expected to be around 71 with a low of 57. Conditions look much clearer for Wednesday as higher pressure moves into the areafollowing the frontal passage. The front will not have much of an impact on our temperatures aswe are expected to hit our warmest high temperature of the week, near 76⁰, with a low around52⁰. We should see mostly sunny skies and calm to light winds on Wednesday.The dry weather should remain in place for most of Thursday as well with a slight chancefor some showers in the afternoon. Thursday’s high should be in the mid 70’s with a low in theupper 50’s. The dry weather should remain in place for most of Thursday with a slight chance for some showers in the afternoon. Thursday’s high should be in the mid 70’s with a low in the upper 50’s. The chance for rain will increase drastically overnight Thursday into Friday as a lowpressure system makes its away across the South. The system will bring an abundance ofrain (something to take note of if you are heading out of town for Spring Break), and coolertemperatures. Friday’s high will be around 70⁰ with a low in the mid 50’s. Showers and stormsshould be expected for most of the day, Friday, through the early morning hours on Saturday. Because of the heavy rain on Friday, the National Weather service is watching for thepotential of flash flooding in much of Mississippi, including our area. WEEKEND INTO EARLY NEXT WEEKThe weekend looks to be drier and cooler as high pressure moves in following the late-week system. Expect to see highs in the low 60’s on Saturday and Sunday with lows around 40⁰.Conditions should stay about the same, seasonable and dry, for the start of next week. Caleb BowmanStudent...

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Wetter Pattern for the Start of March

Posted by on Feb 29, 2024 in Latest Posts | 0 comments

Wetter Pattern for the Start of March

Predicted rainfall totals over the next 7 days. Starkville, Mississippi could receive 1.25-1.75 inches of rainfall from Thursday-Wednesday. (February 29-March 6) REMAINDER OF TODAY: Temperatures have shifted to the cooler side since the start of the week. After starting the workweek with warmer temperatures, we are in the low 50s due to a strong cold front passing through yesterday, putting us well below the average high of 63. We are about ten degrees below that number with our Thursday high only hitting 54. Additionally, northeast winds gusting up to 20 mph are making it feel cooler than the low 50s. TONIGHT AND TOMORROW: The Golden Triangle area will continue to have cooler temperatures into the overnight hours, with a low of 43. A chance of rain is expected after midnight but predicted rainfall totals are only expected to accumulate to about a tenth of an inch for this round. However, Friday presents itself to be a rather wet day because of a low-pressure trough, bringing with it a decent amount of moisture. As a result, the chance of rain is 90%, along with some embedded thunderstorms being possible. High temperatures on Friday will top out in the mid-50s, with a low in the upper 40s. WEEKEND AHEAD: Thanks to dominating southerly winds, expect the first weekend of March to have warm days and comfortable nights. Temperatures during the day are expected to reach the 70s before dropping down to the 50s at night. Saturday will be our best day to be outside as we have minimal rain chances and mostly sunny skies. However, we will have some rain to deal with as we close out our weekend on Sunday, with the best chance of rain beginning in the afternoon hours. That rain will be widespread throughout all of Sunday afternoon, so be sure to keep an umbrella handy if you are going out for any activities. Weekend planner for this weekend in Starkville, Mississippi. Saturday looks to be the better day, with Sunday having showers and storms. WET PATTERN CONTINUES: WORKWEEK The beginning of next week starts relatively dreary, with those showers sticking with us through the early morning hours of Monday. You may even hear a few rumbles of thunder as some thunderstorms could be included in that round of showers. A cold front is expected to pass through late Monday night into Tuesday morning, bringing us some more chances of wet weather. This cold front will allow for the continuation of wet conditions and an unstable weather pattern into Wednesday. It would be smart to have your umbrella and rain jacket handy throughout the duration of those days. Temperatures should be relatively comfortable, though, with highs in the upper 60s and lows in the upper 40s on Tuesday and Wednesday. Student Meteorologist, Nic...

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Breezy Week Ahead with Rain and Cool Temperatures Making Return by Midweek

Posted by on Feb 26, 2024 in Latest Posts | 0 comments

Breezy Week Ahead with Rain and Cool Temperatures Making Return by Midweek

Wind gusts in northeast Mississippi could exceed 30 mph, particularly on Tuesday. After a week of pleasant temperatures and dry conditions due to high pressure and upper-level ridging, change is coming to northeast Mississippi. A strong upper-level jet has resulted in the formation of an upper-level trough and low-pressure system followed by a strong cold front. This system is currently moving across western and midwestern portions of the United States. By Wednesday, it will make its way into northeast Mississippi bringing gusty winds, colder temperatures, and rainfall. Tonight and Tomorrow: Last week’s pattern of warm days, cool nights, and dry conditions will continue throughout this evening and Tuesday. Tonight, those low temperatures will be around 60, making for a comfortable evening. Winds could gust up to 25 mph, so it will be breezy. Cloud coverage will begin to increase late tonight and stick around through the rest of the workweek. Tuesday looks to be the warmest and most spring-like day that northeast Mississippi will have experienced this year with highs reaching near 80 and lows in the low 60s. Once again, strong wind gusts will be around, gusting up to 35 mph throughout the afternoon and evening. Other than being breezy, baseball conditions will be great for the Mississippi State game against Jackson State. Enjoy this weather on Tuesday while you can because Wednesday will start a period of more unsettled weather conditions and cooler temperatures. Remainder of Workweek: Wednesday will bring us our next major weathermaker. A low-pressure system will allow for the development of thunderstorms in Mississippi on Wednesday as it meets warm and moist air from the Gulf of Mexico. Currently, severe weather is not expected, but strong, gusty winds will continue to be an issue until the passage of the cold front. The main line of storms looks to arrive in northeast Mississippi in the early morning hours, with scattered showers sticking around throughout the rest of the day. As with Monday and Tuesday, wind gusts are expected to reach near 30 mph. Wednesday will be a warm day with temperatures peaking in the low 70s, but following the storm system’s exit will be low temperatures in the upper 30s for Wednesday night. Thursday will start breezy with wind gusts reaching near 20 mph, but calmer conditions will take over in the afternoon. While wind speeds on Thursday are expected to be lower, so are the temperatures. They are only expected to reach the mid-50s in the afternoon and drop to the low 40s overnight. Scattered showers are possible late Thursday evening and throughout the day on Friday. Friday will bring a similar temperature pattern, with highs reaching near 60 but dropping to near 50 overnight. A strong cold front will be pushing through northeast Mississippi early Wednesday morning. A line of showers and thunderstorms will impact the area early Wednesday morning. Weekend/Early Next Week: The weekend will bring warmer temperatures and dry conditions to northeast Mississippi, with highs on both days expected to reach near 70, with lows in the mid-50s. This warming trend is expected to continue into next week, with temperatures reaching the low 70s and dropping to the upper 40s. Models currently have a low-pressure system bringing rain to the area to begin the next workweek. Student Meteorologist, Austin...

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From Warm to Warmer: Seasonal and Climatological pattern shifts reinforce spring temperatures

Posted by on Feb 22, 2024 in Latest Posts | 0 comments

From Warm to Warmer: Seasonal and Climatological pattern shifts reinforce spring temperatures

Tonight and Tomorrow: A quick-moving cold front will deliver scattered showers and the potential for a couple of strong storms late tonight into the early morning hours of Friday. The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has placed north Mississippi underneath a (⅕) marginal risk for severe storms as a couple of storms have the potential to produce strong winds. Once the front moves through northeast Mississippi, it will reinforce dry, sunny, and breezy conditions on Friday and into the weekend. Winds will shift from the north around 10 mph with gusts near 20 mph. Friday afternoon, high temperatures should climb into the mid-to-upper 60s. Futurecast showing a couple of gusty storms possible late tonight into early Friday morning. Storm Prediction Center (SPC) highlights north Mississippi under a marginal risk outlook for severe weather tonight into early Friday morning. A Perfect Spring Weekend: It will certainly feel like spring this weekend. High temperatures will reach the low- to mid-60s on Saturday and low 70s on Sunday. Sustained winds of 10 to 15 mph with gusts from 20 to 25 mph will persist throughout the weekend as the low-pressure system continues to track eastward. The dry, sunny, and breezy afternoon conditions will make for a perfect weekend to head to Dudy Noble Field to watch the Bulldogs take on Georgia Southern. This weekend’s outlook. Next Week: A building ridge of high pressure will result in even warmer weather by early next week. Afternoon highs look to reach the mid-to-upper 70s on Monday and possibly near 80 for some areas on Tuesday. We remain dry and warm until our next cold front, which looks to arrive Wednesday into early Thursday, bringing the next chance for showers and T-storms. The SPC has already placed northeast Mississippi under a (⅖) slight risk for severe weather. Climate Outlook: La Niña forecast to make a return Not only do seasonal patterns drive our local weather, but so do global patterns. Just a few degrees difference in sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean can change the climatological pattern, impacting the local weather in northeast Mississippi. In fact, we’ve experienced the influence of El Niño for almost a year, bringing a wet and chilly winter. But, the collapse of El Niño is well underway. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has officially declared a La Niña Watch as odds suggest La Niña will develop in June-August 2024. So, what does this mean for us in northeast Mississippi? Typically, La Niña brings conditions opposite to El Niño, meaning we expect dry and warmer conditions ahead. However, the more concerning impact of La Niña is the influence on hurricane season. The La Niña pattern allows for a much more conducive environment for tropical development, which could directly impact the Gulf Coast and increase the potential of northeast Mississippi being in the path of a storm. Hurricane season forecasts will start to come out over the next few months, and the first day of the season is June 1. Student Meteorologist, Sydney...

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Above Average Temperature Stick Around through Weekend

Posted by on Feb 19, 2024 in Latest Posts | 0 comments

Above Average Temperature Stick Around through Weekend

High temperatures this week are going to reach the mid-60s and lower 70s. Warmer air is coming in from the south and will increase our temperatures for the week ahead. WORK WEEK AHEAD Tonight, it will be mostly clear with a calm wind. Temperatures will drop quickly into the overnight hours. Clear skies will let the heat escape after sundown. The temperature will drop near freezing in the Golden Triangle, 35° in Jackson and 42° in Gulfport tonight. Most of northeast Mississippi will be experiencing low- to mid-30s during the overnight hours. These temperatures will be just below the average low for this time of year. Temperatures will begin to rise this week, so take advantage of it and enjoy the warm sun. Tuesday will be very comfortable reaching 65° in Starkville and the upper 60s just to the south in Jackson. Don’t forget your blanket on Tuesday and Wednesday during the late afternoon if you plan on attending the Mississippi State’s baseball games against Austin Peay. Temperatures will start pleasant and drop to 39° as the sun goes down on Tuesday night. Spring-like temperatures will continue to rise into Wednesday reaching 73° in the Golden Triangle. It will be mostly sunny along with a nice breeze and a low of 55° in Starkville into Thursday. Thursday, there is a possibility of some scattered showers after noon. Along with these showers, there will be winds—mostly in the 10-15 mph range—along with some 35 mph gusts. A higher likelihood of scattered showers and thunderstorms will be Thursday night going into Friday morning. Thursday’s low will be around 47° with winds around 10-15 mph and some gusts around 25 mph. WEEKEND OUTLOOK Friday, a high-pressure system will move in and push out the rain chances for the weekend. Friday will be a little cooler than the beginning of the week with sunny skies, a breeze including 20 mph gusts, and a high of 66°. Friday night, the sky will be mostly clear with a low of 40°. Saturday and Sunday will turn out to be perfect days to head outside and enjoy the sun. Saturday’s high will be near 69° with a mostly sunny sky, clouds clearing out by the overnight hours, and a low of 42°. Sunday’s temperatures will be nice with plenty of sunshine, reaching 72° with sunny skies and a low of 50°. These lows are mild for this time of year. LONG TERM After the high-pressure system builds in on Friday, northeast Mississippi will likely remain above average in temperature for the 6-10 days after this week, as shown by the graphic below from the Climate Prediction Center. The average for this time of year is in the low-60s, and there is a good chance our area will stay above that mark in the foreseeable future, possibly until the start of March. Northeast Mississippi will continue the warming trend into the end of the...

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Cold for baseball opening weekend, warmup to follow

Posted by on Feb 15, 2024 in Latest Posts | 0 comments

Cold for baseball opening weekend, warmup to follow

Temperatures have warmed up nicely this week. Changes are on the way starting tonight. Clouds are beginning to build ahead of a cold front. The big story this weekend is the cold weather that will return.I want to start off with a story that our students have been highlighting for months—the extended period of drought. As of this morning, Mississippi’s drought has been almost eliminated. This is according to the latest map from the National Drought Mitigation Center. After 3” of rain this weekend in the Starkville area, Starkville is no longer categorized in any kind of drought. Late last year, 100% of the state was under at least a severe (2 out of 4) drought. 50% was under the worst category of drought (4 out of 4). Now, those numbers are 13% and 0% respectively. SHORT TERMTonight will be mild. Temperatures on campus will fall to about 50°. Surrounding rural areas should fall between 45 and 47°. Normal for this time of year is 36°. Winds will become breezy from the south at about 10-15 mph as a front nears.A Gulf Low will track to our south. This will help draw a quick-moving cold front over us Friday overnight. Mississippi State’s opening day for baseball against the Air Force should be dry, with temperatures near 70° and a cloudy sky. Most rain, as pictured, will be in the Gulf—maybe 0.25”-0.50” at best in northeast Mississippi.If you have evening plans Friday, plan to keep a rain jacket handy. Rain – with maybe a rumble of thunder or two – will push in through the early dawn hours on Saturday. There’s a chance you are asleep while it passes over. Saturday is not going to be a great baseball day. Some would call it football weather. Temperatures will struggle to get to the mid-40s. Highs will likely stay near 42°. It will be a raw day with clouds and breezy winds up to 20-25 mph. There will be nothing substantial rain-wise past about 8am.The sun will come back out on Sunday. We will start off with the coldest temperatures we’ve had in weeks – the upper 20s. Highs will peak in the low 50s.LONG TERMHigh pressure will build in next week. Clear skies will hold. Monday morning will be especially chilly with lows in the mid-20s.By Monday afternoon, temperatures will be near 60°. We will keep the warming trend going. By Friday, highs will climb to the lower 70s. It will be very mild.There is a consistent pattern going on. The pattern is warmer for 4-5 days, and then there is a chance for rain. Afterwards, there is a brief return to cooler weather before it gets warmer once again.Temperatures have been 4-5° above average so far this month. That should still be the case when we wrap it up on the...

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Scattered Showers Today, Clearing Out Mid-Week

Posted by on Feb 12, 2024 in Latest Posts | 0 comments

Scattered Showers Today, Clearing Out Mid-Week

Overcast and dreary to start off the next work week! Heavy cloud coverage will stick around for the remainder of the day. Scattered showers and a few storms are likely through the day as an area of low pressure makes its way across northern Mississippi. It will be slightly cooler today with temperatures ranging from the mid 50s to low 60s across the region this afternoon. Winds will quickly begin to pick up as we head into the afternoon and evening hours, so expect a breezy evening. Wind gusts could possibly exceed 20-25 mph at times. Heading into the overnight hours, clouds will linger until just after midnight tonight. We’ll see a drop in temperatures starting tonight with overnight lows in the middle to upper 30s. Drier days ahead! As the showers and storms clear out of the area by early Tuesday, high pressure builds into the region to give us much nicer weather for the next few days. Cooler conditions are expected for our Tuesday with highs only reaching the mid 50s for the afternoon. Chilly mornings continue through Thursday with morning temperatures in the mid 30s. Temperatures return to the 60s for the next few days with plenty of sunshine, so pleasant conditions for any outdoor plans you have! Looking ahead to the end of the work week, we have our next system making its way into northern Mississippi. A southwesterly flow allows for more moisture and instability which will help to increase rain chances for Friday and Saturday. There will be a steady increase in cloud coverage throughout the day on our Friday that will bring additional showers for Friday night into Saturday. As of right now, rain totals do not look as impressive as this past weekend’s. Things will dry out by Sunday to give us mostly sunny skies and a pleasant afternoon. Colder air is expected to move in for Saturday evening and Sunday, so be prepared for a chilly start as you step out the door Sunday morning. Temperatures will be more seasonal heading into the beginning of the next work week with highs in the mid 50s and lows in the upper 20s to mid 30s. Campus Connect Weather Meteorologist McKinley...

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Wet Weekend Ahead Brings More Seasonal Temperatures

Posted by on Feb 8, 2024 in Blog, Latest Posts | 0 comments

Wet Weekend Ahead Brings More Seasonal Temperatures

Hope everyone is having a great week! The weather sure has been wonderful these past few days with sunshine and warm temperatures well into the 60s. As of Thursday afternoon, satellite and radar shows high clouds building into northeast Mississippi ahead of our next storm system. It’s also a bit breezy as winds are now gusting up to 20 mph from the south which will aid in transporting plenty of moisture our way. Tonight, we’ll remain dry with temperatures remaining warm in the mid-upper 50s with a few scattered rain showers developing. These will continue into our Friday and become more frequent throughout the late morning and early afternoon. Amidst the rain and clouds, temperatures will still manage to near the 70° mark on Friday with noticeably more muggy conditions in place as well.  The weekend ahead looks nasty in terms of any outdoors plans. As a stationary front stalls to our north, several waves of energy will ride along it, each bringing another chance for rain between Friday and Monday. However, it will not be raining the entire time and there are no threats for any flooding. The most notable and perhaps consistent period of rain looks to arrive on Saturday afternoon, lasting into Sunday morning as heavier rain develops to our southwest and rides along that front into northeast Mississippi. Most of Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon appear to be dry with only a few scattered rain showers passing through. The GFS Future-cast model below shows these repeated rounds of showers and periodic steady rain. The good news is temperatures will continue to remain above average in the upper 60s which is much better than a cold rain! Moving into our next work week, the stationary front bringing us the weekend rain will eventually pass through as a cold front late Sunday night and early Monday, providing another chance for widespread rain and likely tallying up our total weekend rainfall to 1-2”. This front will also swing in some cooler temperatures with highs back in the upper 50s and lows in the lower 30s next Monday through Wednesday. Although this may seem chilly, we will be back near our average and exactly where we should be for the first half of February. Thankfully, sunshine will accompany this cooler period, and temperatures will begin to migrate back to that 60° mark by mid-late next week.  Campus Connect WeatherMeteorologist Jacob WoodsTwitter:...

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Warm and Quiet End To The Week! 

Posted by on Feb 2, 2024 in Blog, Latest Posts | 0 comments

Warm and Quiet End To The Week! 

This warm and quiet week has come as a welcomed break following two weeks of active weather across the region. Our warmth peaked on Tuesday when highs exceeded 70°! Since then, a cold front has dropped temperatures into the 50s, but we will warm back into the 60s Friday and Saturday. Our dry streak ends on Sunday when a system brings rain back into the area.  Back Into The 60s On Friday The high clouds that have been around for much of Thursday will clear slightly overnight. Temperatures will fall to around 40° Friday morning. This is roughly 10° warmer than the previous mornings this week, but you’ll still need a jacket to start the day! We will end the work week with another warm day. Highs will be roughly 10° above average on Friday as we climb into the mid-60s under mostly sunny skies.  The Weekend Starts Nice Before Rain Returns Above average temperatures continue to start off the weekend. Saturday will start chilly with temperatures in the low-40s, but by the afternoon the mid-60s are back! Be sure to take advantage of the dry, spring- like weather because rain moves in before sunrise on Sunday. The high pressure that has kept us dry for much of the week will give way to a system that will pass to our south. Rain will persist for much of the day and could exceed an inch in spots. Generally, 0.75”-1.25” will be a safe bet. Due to the wet weather, Sunday will be cooler with highs in the mid-50s.  Seasonable Next Week  The most consistent rain should be out of the area by Monday, but lingering showers will remain possible, especially in the morning. Otherwise, most of next week looks dry! Temperatures will be seasonable with highs in the mid-50s and lows in the low to mid-30s. The next chance for rain does not look to arrive until the end of the week.  Drought Update  Following the repeated rounds of rain last week that brought a deluge to our area, a big dent was made in Mississippi’s drought! A new drought monitor was released today (2/1) and reflects the heavy rain we received. It is a great improvement from the previous drought map, but the highest level of drought is still present along I-55 in northern Mississippi. Hopefully the El Nino pattern we are currently in will continue to bring us wet weather that can chip away at our rainfall deficits!  Owen BasselmanStudent...

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Mild Workweek Ahead with Sunshine and Near Seasonable Temperatures

Posted by on Jan 29, 2024 in Latest Posts | 0 comments

Sunny and calm conditions for the next several days Monday afternoon saw mostly sunny skies as cloud cover from earlier in the day moved eastward. This will continue into the overnight hours as we see partly cloudy skies and calm winds for the evening. The calm conditions are caused by high pressure building into the area behind last Saturday’s low pressure system. High pressure is expected to control our forecast for the next several days, making this week a great time to plan any outdoor activities. Any remaining cloud cover from overnight will move out by Tuesday morning as we see clear blue skies throughout the day tomorrow. We will continue to see lots of sunshine as we finish out the month of January this Wednesday. The first two days of February will be similar, with mostly clear skies sticking around until Friday evening when, cloud cover starts to increase ahead of our next chance for rain this weekend. Another low pressure system is expected to arrive between Saturday and Sunday evening, bringing a chance for showers and thunderstorms. Up and down temperatures Along with calm conditions, Monday also had below average temperatures. The afternoon high peaked in the mid to upper 40s where it would typically be in the mid 50s. This is because of the aforementioned weekend low pressure system and subsequent cold front on Saturday night. This will change as high pressure is returning to the area. Overnight temperatures will be average with lows dipping into the lower 30s for the start of Tuesday morning, but this will change a lot by Tuesday afternoon. Temperatures are expected to peak in the mid 60s tomorrow which is 10 degrees above average. That also means that we will warm by more than 30 degrees from morning to afternoon, so dressing with removable layers is recommended. Tomorrow evening will continue to see temperatures slightly above average as they will only drop into the upper 30s. A dry cold front will swing across the area Tuesday night, briefly bringing temperatures back to normal on Wednesday. Afternoon highs will be in the lower 50s with lows back in the low 30s, giving us a very reasonable last day of January. Things will quickly warm back up for the start of the new month with Thursday and Friday seeing highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s and lows around 40 degrees. Overall, the mild temperatures coupled with lots of sunshine makes for plenty of chances to enjoy getting outdoors during the week before more active weather conditions arrive on Saturday. Despite the rain, temperatures will remain above average during this time. Annea Scales Student...

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