More sunshine today, a bit warmer as well


DISCUSSION:  With dry air in place and clear skies, our temperatures were able to cool down a good bit through the overnight hours. Most spots will start things out in the upper 40s on this chilly Wednesday morning, so long sleeves are the way to go as we begin the day.

High pressure moving off to our east today will shift our winds and bring warmer air into the region. Dry conditions and sunshine will still be with us, though highs will climb close to the 80 degree mark as the warm weather returns.

Wednesday planner.

After a warmer day, overnight lows tonight don’t look to be too chilly. Partly cloudy skies will hang around as temperatures drop into the mid 50s for most spots.

A weak cold front looks to enter the region on Thursday, which will increase our cloud cover and bring a few showers to the area. It doesn’t look to be too wet and at the moment and certainly not enough to help our drought issues. Some spots even have a chance of seeing no rain.

Friday heading into the weekend, our pattern looks to favor more dry and hot weather. With another strong ridge of high pressure building in, highs in the mid 80s are looking likely during the period. Any showers we do see through the weekend will not impact many people. The drought monitor keeps parts of our area under a moderate drought.

Latest Drought Monitor.

Long range guidance is keeping us very warm even into parts of next week. Highs will continue to make a run at the 80s each day until we get some cooler air to break the pattern. Some models are showing a stronger wave of energy bringing that cooler air in at some point towards the middle to end of the week, though it is too far out to determine the exact timing or impacts we will see from it. Regardless, it will be nice to receive whatever rain and cooler air we can get.

Karen continues to spin as a tropical storm north of Puerto Rico today, though no impact along the U.S. coastline is expected at the moment. Additionally, Lorenzo has now strengthened into a category 1 hurricane. As of right now it’s too soon to say if it will have an impact on the U.S, however with the current pattern, it looks more likely that this storm will also stay out to sea.

Hurricane Lorenzo.
Expected Peak For Fall Colors

Fall colors are starting to appear across the region. We are still a ways out from peak color, but you may notice leaves changing already. Most of the area will see peak colors by mid or late October. The further north you head, the quicker leaves change. With the dry spell we’ve been dealing with leaves can potentially fall before they even reach their peak colors, so some spots could be lackluster this year.

10 Day Forecast.

More sunshine, warmer. Highs near 80.
A bit cool. Lows in the 50s.
A few showers possible. Highs in the upper 70s.
Mostly dry. Highs in the mid 80s.
Staying pretty quiet with an isolated shower possible. Highs in the mid 80s.
Still looking quiet with an isolated rain chance. Highs in the 80s.
Isolated showers possible, otherwise dry. Highs in the 80s.
Drying back out completely. Highs in the mid 80s.
Still dry. Highs in the low 80s.
Looking unsettled. Highs in the 70s.

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