Stormy Pattern Not Likely to Change

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

Rain, strong wind, flood watches and tornado warnings have been a constant during the past few months in Mississippi and Alabama.

"It's terrible," said Margaret Haskins of Meridian. "You don't know from one day or the next whether it will be raining, cold."

"I've never been accustomed to anything like this," said Doyle Watkins of
Meridian.

"It's weird. Every week we are having bad weather," said Meridian resident, Peggy McInnis.

According to Newscenter 11 chief meteorologist, Trent Hughes, most of the bad weather we have seen has been caused by the presence of warm, moist air and an approaching cold front. He called that a recipe for disaster.

"These fronts, when they come through, they have a lot of moisture to work with, a lot of daytime heating with temperatures in upper 70s. And so the fuel is there for the thunderstorms," said Hughes.

Those in the weather community were expecting a dry spring, because we are currently under 'La Nina' conditions. However we've seen just the opposite.

"Typically you get these weather patterns in an 'El Nino' situation, where the waters are warmer," Hughes said. "In that situation we would expect a milder winter and 'La Nina' is usually drier."

It's not just Mississippi and Alabama suffering through the erratic weather. Much of the southeast has been blasted with tornadoes and flooding. With more severe weather in the forecast for the next 48 hours, the clean up continues.


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