Note:The post below is a more technical update on the forecast and what we are working on behind the scenes. It is not designed to be an official forecast from the UF Weather Center, nor should it be treated as such. It is designed to be an avenue of communication among our team members around the clock.

Drier, Slightly Cooler Air Moving In/Arctic Air on the Way

Our low this morning was 72. That is four degrees below the average HIGH of 68 degrees for this date. Furthermore the high this afternoon is forecast at 81, only 2 degrees shy of the record 83 set in 1942/during WWII. Gainesville broke the record high of 84 for Dec. 5 set in 1994 with a high of 85.

Short Term:

Drier, slightly cooler air will be moving in behind the frontal boundary moving through the state today.  Skies should gradually clear this evening and it’ll be noticeably cooler & drier (relatively speaking) Wednesday morning. Weak high pressure will settle in behind the front for our day Wednesday leading to mostly sunny skies and highs in the mid to low 70’s.

An arctic front is approaching Florida and will move through the state Thursday.  This the  second strong front to move through this week, but this one will be strong temperature wise (refer to linked article Jeff wrote a few days ago).  Models have been consistently in agreement this week that it will be a mostly dry passage. Future forecaster should remove pops if 12z runs are still not indicating rainfall accumulation.  Pops are currently at 20%.

Friday – Saturday:

Morning temps will dip to near 40 Friday morning and only climb into the mid 50’s in the afternoon.  That’s a 30 degree swing from Monday’s highs. Dew points will be in the upper 20’s Friday afternoon and they are in the 70’s this afternoon.

A light freeze is likely Saturday morning as temps drop into the low 30’s.

Sunday-Monday:

Temps gradually rebound back into the 70’s in the afternoons ahead of the next front which should arrive by the middle of next week.

Due to the busy morning, it might be a good idea to show the past 24 hours on the SatRad to show the front moving through the panhandle last night and then through north central Florida this morning.  Damage reports may also be a good idea to look at.  Jeff tweeted a great link to traffic accidents this morning as well.  Official rainfall totals will not be in until tomorrow.

For the front, during your live newscast you could show current temps around the country to show how cold the air behind the front that’s headed our way is.

These are just ideas for graphics if you need them.