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Breaking down backdoor cold fronts

The last several days have been above average for most of Mid-Missouri helping warm up local pools. Although this afternoon the region has seen temperatures peaking into the mid-80s, this will soon be changing as a backdoor cold front makes its way into the region.

To understand what makes a backdoor cold front a backdoor cold front, the movement of a typical cold front must be understood. Most cold fronts across the Midwest move from the northwest to the southeast, or from the west to the east. Colder and drier air remains behind the front.

For a backdoor cold front, the cold front must move from the northeast to the southwest such as what the Midwest and Great Lake region will see heading into the second half of the week. A cold front is currently draped just to the south of the Great Lakes. This cold front will be pushed southwest throughout the next 48 hours.

Once the front arrives in Mid-Missouri, winds will change form the south back out of the northeast/ east. This will cause a slight cool down in the air temperatures for Thursday and Friday.

Temperatures will shortly make a rebound trending warmer approaching Memorial Day as winds will once again return from the south increasing the humidity.

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Chance Gotsch

Chance Gotsch grew up just south of St. Louis and moved to Columbia to attend the University of Missouri to pursue a degree in Atmospheric Sciences.

His interest in weather begin as a child when he used to be afraid of storms.

Chance joined the ABC 17 Stormtrack Weather Team in February 2021. He is currently the weekday noon meteorologist.


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