SHOWERS RETURN THURSDAY
Clouds will increase again later tonight as a minor system rides the jet stream flow into the state from the southwest. Rain showers are expected to be light but could impact the morning commute Thursday. The showers are expected to develop from southwest to northeast before sunrise. Showers scattered and diminish into early Thursday afternoon. The heavier cloud cover will produce a much cooler day. Afternoon temperatures are expected to hold steady in the middle and upper 50s.
PATTERN CHANGES UNDERWAY
A see-saw in the temperatures is expected here through early next week and the entire North American pattern undergoes massive changes. After a cloudy and cool Thursday skies will brighten for Friday and temperature will respond – warming again back to the lower 60s. I looks like another great Friday for area high school football games. The next system will arrive Saturday with clouds, showers and cooler temperatures once again. We will do an about-face for the second half of the weekend with sunshine, breezy and milder conditions Sunday and Monday.
WARM FALL TAKES A TURN
Wednesday was the 9th straight day above normal and since September 1st 72% of the days have averaged warmer than normal. The average high temperature for the first 15 days of October 2013 is 73.8° and good for 23rd all-time.
An all-out pattern change will continue to unfold and real cold will arrive here later next week. A blocking pattern will evolve over North America, warm air will surge north into Alaska and along the west coast of the continent dislodging cold air and forcing it south into the eastern half of the nation. This is a huge turn around in a Fall that has been mild.