TEMPERATURES TREND UPWARDS OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS… AFTER A RAINY SATURDAY, SUNDAY LOOKS DRIER, BUT DON’T EXPECT MUCH SUNSHINE… THE TROPICAL ATLANTIC IS QUIET FOR NOW

It rained nearly the entire day Saturday, which except for Hurricane Irene, I haven’t seen in a very long time. My area picked up about 1.75 inches of rain! Add that to the 1.5 inches on Thursday and we received over three inches in the past week! The low pressure area is slowly moving away but forecasters expect that the clouds will linger today (Sunday). There might even be some spotty drizzle here and there. The sun will appear at times but it will be a cool day for this time of year. As the high to our north moves eastward and our winds eventually veer around to a more easterly and then southerly direction, temperatures will inch upwards through the first part of the week. A frontal system and a southwesterly flow aloft may bring us increased rain chances towards the end of the week… The tropical Atlantic is quiet for now. There are a few areas of concern in the eastern Atlantic. We are now reaching the time of year when the Cape Verde season comes to a close. These are the long tracked hurricanes that develop in the central and eastern Atlantic that move westward and become the monster hurricanes that threaten the United States. Once we get into October, we have to start watching the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico for development. The westerlies have already started moving southward creating a hostile environment for tropical cyclone development. The westerlies are the upper-level winds that blow during the cooler season and which steer our air masses and frontal systems during the fall, winter and spring… I saw in the 5 day outlook from the HPC that parts of Texas may be in for some much needed rainfall over the next few days. That is great news considering how dry it has become there. Even though the long range outlook isn’t that optimistic due to the expected return of La Nina, they’ll take what they can get! Good luck to them as the situation is so dire in this parched region of the country. That’s it for now. Have a great day!

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