word·smith [wurd-smith] –noun
||an expert in the use of words.
||a person, as a journalist or novelist, whose vocation is writing.
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That's what I really need to be to find more words to describe the weather pattern we are in at this moment. I had never heard the term until the writer of The Director's Chair
, Joel Brashear, used it in a sentence. What a great word... Wordsmith!
Since the beginning of this blog I have tried to keep things simple so that if you read this blog and went to work then told folks why it was going to rain... you would be able to without having to retain too much information! I often get carried away with some things... especially when describing models and the snow events. It usually sounds better in my head, but when the words come out on the screen it gets a little out of whack. BUT I always bring it back home!
As high pressure sits as snug as a bug in a rug... we'll keep comfortable temps, sunny skies, and dry conditions. It appears that daytime highs will be around the 80 degree mark for most of the forecast. With those overnight lows hanging around 55 degrees! The big question here is do I think that some locations could drop all the way down into the upper 40s?!?!? Absolutely! Some of these valley locations could very well dip right down in there. You know what.. I don't think I have ever explained the ridge/valley split in temperatures. I think I'll try to do that right now! That whole isolated locations in the 40s got my mind thinking about that!
Most of us remember back in grade school learning that cold air is heavier than warm air. Keep that in mind throughout this discussion about the ridge/valley split! At night the air cools down from where it was during the daytime. As this happens radiation that came into the earth during the daytime hours will be re-radiated back out into space. This is part of the cooling process at night. Let's say you live in a valley at 1,000ft above sea level and your old pal, the handsome, multi-talented, 99% accurate Jim Caldwell lives at 4,500ft above sea level. The air doesn't have as far to travel to get out into space... so it cools more rapidly than the 1,000ft elevation. The cooler air at the higher elevations begins to slip down into the valley location and stacks up in there. So there is a ponding of colder air in the valley locations!
Now for something funny and terrible at the same time!
This is the HPC's 5-Day Outlook for precipitation and guess what... no rain! Why is it funny? Because I put in in the blog!
Terrible... because we need the rain!