Weather planners get wires crossed

By: bell32ndst , 8:28 PM GMT on March 18, 2012

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Here it is, the middle of the afternoon, and the temperature in Phoenix, by the mercury thermometer in my backyard, is 46 degrees. And they are having temperatures in the 70s in the midwest. The planners messed up, the location of those temperatures should be reversed.

Two days ago it was in the 80s here, slightly above average for this time of year. Clear blue skies, balmy breezes, cool not cold nights, the fragrance of citrus blossoms wafting through the air.

We need the rain, but we could do without the frigid air. ;-) If it clears up and is calm tonight, with the low air temps, we could even get a freeze! Well, not at the official site, just here in my yard. Extremely unusual for March.

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1. bell32ndst
9:54 PM GMT on March 18, 2012
This is more complicated than it first appears. I put out two other thermometers, a bimetal coil from one of those weather centers that have a hygrometer, a barometer and a thermometer, and an alcohol pool thermometer. Neither of them would qualify as a scientific instrument, but they agreed within one degree with the temperature on the mercury thermometer. However, in a matter of half an hour, the temperature varied by 7 degrees. It went from 46 to 53, and appears heading back to 46. I conclude that the air isn't homogeneous, and that there are cells of arctic air mixed into the air flow. They seem to correspond with thunderstorms, and there is a giant one on the western horizon right now, heading in this direction. Thus, the sudden drop in temperature.
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