7:15 AM| Well-deserved extended period of nice weather comes to the Mid-Atlantic

6-Day Forecast

Today

Mostly sunny, pleasant, breezy, near 70

Tonight

Mostly clear, chilly, lows in the low-to-mid 40’s

Thursday

Mostly sunny, pleasant, mid-to-upper 60’s

Friday

Mostly sunny, pleasant, upper 60’s

Saturday

Mostly sunny, pleasant, low 70’s

Sunday

Mostly sunny, pleasant, mid-to-upper 70’s

Monday

Mostly sunny, pleasant, mid-to-upper 70’s

Discussion

The spinning low pressure system that painfully affected the Mid-Atlantic region for the past several days has finally been kicked out to sea and an extended period of nice weather has arrived. Large and strong high pressure will dominate the weather picture in much of the eastern half of the country for the next several days as it becomes nearly stationary and that means lots of sunshine for us with pleasant temperatures. This prolonged dry period will allow for substantial drying of our still saturated grounds following the two very wet months of August and September. In fact, 2011 is already the 3rd wettest year on record in the Philadelphia region, but we will not be adding to those rainfall totals anytime soon. Elsewhere, early season cold and snow has developed out west with the Sierra Nevadas receiving accumulating snow as will parts of Utah and Colorado over the next few days. In the longer term, we’ll have to watch for the possibility of tropical storm development over the Gulf of Mexico which could eventually throw some moisture up the east coast late next week.

Video

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