The Weather Ahead: Another Perfect Weekend!

The Weather Ahead: Another Perfect Weekend!

Here's what to expect in the weather world in the upcoming days, through Sunday August 25, 2013
Green represents expected rain (NOAA/WPC)
Green represents expected rain (NOAA/WPC)
 (NOAA/WPC)
(NOAA/WPC)
What's this? Another nice weekend ahead?

All signs point to yes! Baring some major changes in the small scale and global weather models, I'm expecting yet another spectacular weekend of weather. In my opinion I may even call it perfect, but not everyone is on the same page.

Here's what to expect in the coming days in regard to when you look up in the sky.

High pressure that has been keeping our area dry for the past several days, still remains parked over our area Wednesday, August 21. Since the center of the high pressure is just to our south, a southwest wind flow at the surface and aloft has allowed for warmer than average temperatures to arrive, alongside slightly increased humidity. The high pressure will remain parked to our south through Thursday morning, but then give way to lowering pressure and an attached cold front Thursday.

The major weather system to impact us next will be this cold front swinging through Thursday afternoon-overnight. Based on the latest guidance of this front, I'm not expecting it to cross the area until Thursday night. Thus a majority of the rain associated with it will come Thursday afternoon and evening, ending by dawn Friday.

The nature of the rain certainly could be heavy. Some thunderstorms will also pop up and be capable of bringing dangerous cloud to ground lightning late Thursday. Please head indoors when you hear thunder in the distance! While I'm not anticipating widespread severe weather, a few storms could be stronger with gusty winds and the aforementioned lightning/rain threat.  The good news is we have been pretty dry lately so the ground can take a decent soaking.

Bullseye! Notice the blue H and circles around the Northeast for the weekend. That image is a predicted map of Sunday morning at approximately 8 a.m. local time. When we have an area of high pressure over us it typically means clouds are suppressed from growing high enough to produce rain, we have cool overnights and milder afternoons, and winds are relatively light allowing for fog to develop at night. The air coming in this weekend will be refreshingly dry with low humidity levels. Enjoy!

*All images courtesy NOAA/WPC

-Meteorologist Steve Glazier
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