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Watching some tropical systems as well

Good late Saturday evening, everyone. After we had a chance to enjoy a nice string of days with temperatures in the 80s and a couple of days at 90° (all running below normal) this week, Mother Nature had to bring the late August heat back into gear today with highs pushing back into the lower 90s. Before we jumped back into the heat today, we at least got to enjoy a nice Friday to start the weekend out and an almost chilly start this morning.


We continued with our dry air mass on top of the area today. That accounts for the mild starts each morning and quick warm ups for each afternoon for the whole week. We’ll do it once again as we stay quiet to wrap up the weekend on our Sunday.


As far as the overall setup is concerned, our weather setup for today and the next few days won’t be driven by anything at the surface. We need to head upstairs to the jet stream level to see how everything is shaping up. We enjoyed our time on the cool side of the jet for much of this week. However, the upper-low working over the Tennessee Valley will continue to move on to the east tomorrow. As it does, the upper ridge will push the jet back to our east and set the stage for a hot week ahead of us.


Even though the ridge will keep us hot for this week, at least we can enjoy a mild start for our Sunday. Under mostly clear skies and a light south breeze, we’ll have overnight lows drop back into the middle 60s across the region.


Once we get the sun to rise once again in the morning, we’ll get right back to work in heating things up quickly. While the humidity stays low, it’ll allow us to soar through the 70s through the morning and push into the upper 80s by lunchtime. Even with a few possible clouds in a few spots, we’ll stay dry and hot for the day with highs in the lower to middle 90s.


While we can rest easy knowing Mother Nature won’t throw a curve-ball our way to wrap up the weekend, we’re watching two tropical storms in the Atlantic Basin. We have Marco emerging out of the Caribbean Sea while Laura is working over the Dominican Republic and Haiti.


While Marco primarily stays to our south and plans on dissipating over the Texas/Louisiana border, we could see some of that moisture result in partly sunny skies by Tuesday afternoon. Otherwise, the ridge stays in control and keeps us quiet and hot.


Behind Marco, Laura will want to make landfall as a hurricane along the Gulf Coast somewhere between Lake Charles, LA and Gulf Shores, AL Wednesday evening. As Laura makes landfall, that system will have a better shot of bringing tropical moisture up our way and result in partly sunny skies and scattered t-storms for Wednesday. By Thursday, the jet stream will grab a weak upper low out of Texas and Laura and start pushing both to the northeast. With both of these systems passing near the region, we’ll hold on to the chance for scattered t-storms Thursday and for Friday morning.


The remnants of Laura will rapidly move to our east for Friday afternoon and give us a chance to dry out and heat back up into the lower 90s. Along the northwest flow, the separate low that sstays behind will help pull a cold front in from the northwest and bring in another chance for scattered t-storms Friday evening and into Saturday morning.


Even with the rain chances with the remnants of Laura for Wednesday, Thursday and into Friday morning, the heat will stick with us as highs stay in the lower to middle 90s. It won’t be until the cold front on Friday comes through that we can at least see temperatures drop into the middle 80s for highs by Saturday. Doug has you covered with the long range forecast down below if you’re curious about our weather setup through the middle of September.

Have a good night and a great Sunday!


Long range forecast into September:

August 30th-September 5th:  Mainly a hot week.  We should be dry the first half of the week with slight chances for thunderstorms on Wednesday and Thursday.  Additional thunderstorm chances on Saturday.

September 6th-12th:  Mainly a warm week with highs into the 80s.  We will cool down a bit by the weekend which will be nice.  Slight chances for thunderstorms on Labor Day and Tuesday.  Then scattered thunderstorms again on Thursday and Friday with a cold front shifting through the area.

September 13th-19th:  A warm start but most of the week will be mild.  Thunderstorms with a cold front on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  The rest of the week will be dry and nice!