A healthy rainfall event is on the way for the Aurora area. The winter continues to be unusually warm and snow-less as January presses on. There is the potential to see record warmth on Friday.
A cut off low pressure system is currently producing heavy rain in Texas. As a trough digs out of the west, this system will be kicked into the Midwest. This is bringing an incredible amount of moisture with it. Models indicate that over 1.25 inches of water may be in the air, which is about as moist as it gets for January. Rain should begin late on Thursday afternoon and linger into very early on Friday. Indications are that around 0.75 inches may be on the way. Areas that get stuck under thunderstorms could easily see over 1 inch of rain.
The area saw a high of 50 degrees on Wednesday. This is 19 degrees above normal. There have only been 3 days in January that failed to reach 32 degrees. Since meteorological winter began on December 1st, there have been 21 days at or above 40 degrees. The area broke a record today with its 320th consecutive calender day without a 1 inch snowfall! The old record was set in 1940. The record for length of time without a 1 inch snow depth continues to grow, at 318 days. The old record was 313 days set back in 1940. This is an odd weather period to be sure. These statistics were calculated from National Weather Service data.
As the low pressure passes by Friday, strong, southwest winds will lock in ahead of another strong storm system moving in from the west. With warm air in place, Friday could start off near 50 degrees. With sunshine breaking through, and southwest winds, the area could easily approach the record high of 61 degrees.