The cold weather is expected to get colder this weekend as temperatures drop into the mid-30s overnight Saturday and Sunday. Assuming that the winds remain calm and these clouds finally clear out, this will lead to a chance of patchy frost both nights.
It shouldn't come as any surprise that the weather in September (too warm) quickly gave way to October (too cold), with little in between. That's pretty typical for Missouri, where beautiful days in the upper 60s and lower 70s are worth their weight in gold. Hopefully next week will be better.
The latest outlook from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) is calling for average temperatures with less-than-average precipitation this winter. Southeast Missouri is right between projected warm areas (to the northwest) and cool areas (to the southeast). We are just barely located in a bubble where drier weather is expected. NOAA is basing much of their forecast on a strengthening El Niņo pattern.
NOAA's temperature map:
NOAA's precipitation map:
"Winter Storm AC/DC"
As you may recall, last winter I named approaching winter storms after characters from "The Simpsons." It was quite appropriate that the worst storm of the season was "Winter Storm Flanders" since, of course, "Everybody Hates Flanders."
Earlier this year, I ran a poll asking for the best naming scheme to use during the upcoming season. The results were inconclusive. Switching to "Family Guy" characters was the slight favorite, but many people weren't too thrilled with that choice. Some suggested using names from rock bands or song titles.
OK, so let's try this again. Vote for your favorite naming scheme, or submit your own: