Saturday, January 12, 2008

Last Weather Post

It's a pretty warm morning down here on the coast. The basic forecast still hasn't changed much. Some of the predicted morning low temperatures have climbed a little and there still seems to be quite a bit of variability with the wind predictions. We'll know for sure in 24 hours.

Marathon Day is on the NWS forecast:
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. North wind between 5 and 15 mph.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 64. North wind between 10 and 15 mph.

Marathon day is also now in the hourly prediction.

Conditions look similar on the 8-day model forecast and 84-hour model forecast with temperature starting in the upper 40s and a north wind [the graph is in UTC, six hours ahead of Houston].

Here's the text version of the GFS 8-day model forecast for those who don't like these graphics. Marathon morning is also now on the text ETA model forecast and also on the text NGM model forecast Note that 1200 UTC on January 13th is 0600 Central Standard Time, one hour before the marathon starts.

The Weather Channel now has hourly forecast for the Marathon:
7am Mostly Clear 45°F, feels like 41°F, precip 0%, dewpoint 40°F rel hum 83%
Wind From N 7 mph
Sunrise 7:18 am

8am Mostly Sunny 47°F, feels like 43°F, precip 0%, dewpoint 41°F, rel hum 80%
Wind From N 8 mph

9am Mostly Sunny 49°F, feels like 45°F, precip 0%, dewpoint 41°F, rel hum 74%
Wind From N 9 mph

10am Mostly Sunny 52°F, feels like 49°F, precip 0%, dewpoint 41°F, rel hum 66%
Wind From N 9 mph

11am Sunny 56°F, feels like 53°F, precip 0%, dewpoint 40°F, rel hum 55%
Wind From N 10 mph

12pm Sunny 60°F, feels like 58°F, precip 0%, dewpoint 39°F, rel hum 46%
Wind From N 10 mph

AccuWeather has Saturday night and Sunday on their 1 to 5 day forecast. They predict:

Saturday Night, Jan 12
Low: 45 °F RealFeel®: 41 °F
Mainly clear

Sunday, Jan 13
High: 65 °F RealFeel®: 63 °F
Mostly sunny

The contract weather service for the nuke plant has this forecast for Sunday:
Mostly sunny to partly cloudy, breezy, and a bit cooler.
Wind NW-N 7-12 increasing to N-NE 10-15 gust 20 late morning
Precip No precipitation forecast
Low: 46ºF High: 64ºF

This forecast is for the power plant, so I'm hoping those strong winds will be localized to the coastal areas. Their short range forecast is available on the KUHF site

Good luck everybody!

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