1:20 PM | *Some wild weather next couple of weeks*

1:20 PM | *Some wild weather next couple of weeks*

This week has been about as quiet as it gets this time of year in the eastern part of the nation with very strong and relatively stationary high pressure dominating the scene for several days. In fact, that same high pressure system will continue to control the weather for the Northeast US/Mid-Atlantic region right through the upcoming weekend.  Beyond that, however, a rapidly changing weather pattern will likely result in some wild weather for the eastern states over the next couple of weeks that could include soaking rain, possible severe thunderstorm activity, and occasional impressive cold air outbreaks.

7:00 AM | *Chilly air mass arrives in the Tennessee Valley by mid-week*

7:00 AM | *Chilly air mass arrives in the Tennessee Valley by mid-week*

Strong high pressure will remain relatively stationary for the next couple of days near the Mid-Atlantic coastline and it will continue to influence our local weather though the weekend.  By early next week, however, attention will turn to a strong cold front which will be plunging our way from the Upper Midwest.  This front will likely generate a decent rainfall for the area early next week and then by mid-week, we’ll be very chilly for this time of year and it’ll stick around for a couple of days.

7:00 AM | Decent rain event likely next Tuesday to be followed by some chilly air

7:00 AM | Decent rain event likely next Tuesday to be followed by some chilly air

Strong high pressure stays close to the Mid-Atlantic region through the weekend and each day should feature some sunshine and comfortable temperatures.  A cold front will slowly approach the region from the Upper Midwest early next week and this could tap into Gulf of Mexico moisture and ultimately result in a soaking rain event for much of the eastern US in the Tuesday time frame. It’ll turn cooler at mid-week following the Tuesday rain event.

7:00 AM | Decent rain event likely next Tuesday to be followed by some chilly air

7:00 AM | Decent rain event likely next Tuesday to be followed by some chilly air

Strong high pressure stays close to the Mid-Atlantic region through the weekend and each day should feature some sunshine and comfortable temperatures.  A cold front will slowly approach the region from the Upper Midwest early next week and this could tap into Gulf of Mexico moisture and ultimately result in a soaking rain event for much of the eastern US in the Tuesday time frame. It’ll turn cooler at mid-week following the Tuesday rain event.

7:00 AM | Decent rain event likely next Tuesday to be followed by some chilly air

7:00 AM | Decent rain event likely next Tuesday to be followed by some chilly air

Strong high pressure stays close to the Mid-Atlantic region through the weekend and each day should feature some sunshine and comfortable temperatures.  A cold front will slowly approach the region from the Upper Midwest early next week and this could tap into Gulf of Mexico moisture and ultimately result in a soaking rain event for much of the eastern US in the Tuesday time frame. It’ll turn cooler at mid-week following the Tuesday rain event.

7:00 AM | Persistent onshore flow continues this weekend...cool blast headed our way by the middle of next week

7:00 AM | Persistent onshore flow continues this weekend...cool blast headed our way by the middle of next week

Strong high pressure remains entrenched over the eastern US and this will keep onshore flow in this area right into the weekend.  As a result, there will be a daily threat for showers and onshore winds will remain quite noticeable with gusts to 25 or 30 mph. By early next week, attention will turn to a cold front that will be dropping southeastward into the Southeast US and our winds will veer more southerly and this will add to the instability in the region. By the middle of next week, more comfortable temperatures are likely following the frontal passage.

2:15 PM | *Uranus visible tonight...meteor shower this weekend...Saturn early next week*

2:15 PM | *Uranus visible tonight...meteor shower this weekend...Saturn early next week*

The seventh planet from the sun, Uranus, will actually reach its closest point of the year tonight in its orbit to Earth as it “reaches opposition” (i.e., directly opposite the sun).  As a result, the icy planet will be visible as a blue-green dot tonight through binoculars and perhaps even with the naked eye if you’re in a dark location.  

7:00 AM | Still more days to go in this nice weather pattern...soaking rain event possible next week

7:00 AM | Still more days to go in this nice weather pattern...soaking rain event possible next week

Strong high pressure stays close to the Mid-Atlantic region for the remainder of the week and even through the upcoming weekend.  Each day through Sunday should feature at least some sunshine and temperatures will remain rather comfortable for this time of year.  A cold front will slowly approach the region from the Upper Midwest early next week and this could tap into Gulf of Mexico moisture and ultimately result in a soaking rain event for much of the eastern US in the Tuesday/Wednesday time frame. 

7:00 AM | Still more days to go in this nice pattern...soaking rain event possible next week

7:00 AM | Still more days to go in this nice pattern...soaking rain event possible next week

Strong high pressure stays close to the Mid-Atlantic region for the remainder of the week and even through the upcoming weekend.  Each day through Sunday should feature at least some sunshine and temperatures will remain rather comfortable for this time of year.  A cold front will slowly approach the region from the Upper Midwest early next week and this could tap into Gulf of Mexico moisture and ultimately result in a soaking rain event for much of the eastern US in the Tuesday/Wednesday time frame. 

7:00 AM | Next shot at rain doesn't come until late in the weekend

7:00 AM | Next shot at rain doesn't come until late in the weekend

 Strong high pressure will remain relatively stationary for the next few days near the Mid-Atlantic region and it will continue to influence our local weather conditions.  From this position, this high pressure system will generate comfortable temperatures and generally rain-free conditions around here as we head into the upcoming weekend. A chilly air mass for this time of year will approach the region by the middle of next week and we’ll likely experience well-below normal temperature readings for a few days.