Showers, rain, clearing, and the tropical storm that would not die
The complex low pressure system complete with occluded, warm, and cold fronts is continuing its journey northeastward across Kentucky and eventually Ohio and Pennsylvania. As it does so the current “cold air damming” surface wedge that is over the ‘Burg will erode and be replaced late this afternoon (Tuesday) by the warmer and moister air on the other side of an approaching warm front. All this activity will be accompanied today by intermittent showers and thunderstorms and low cloudiness along with a high temperature in the mid-70′s (F).
Wednesday the high temperature will warm into the 80′s under sunny skies and our weather will remain that way through Friday, altho’ Wednesday afternoon we may see a stray thunderstorm as the trailing cold front from this system pushes across the Piedmont. It will feel like September once more before a stronger cold front forces out this relatively warm air mass (for early October) and replaces it with a more autumn-like feeling over the weekend.
Now, about that “zombie” storm…Tropical Storm Nadine‘s latest forecast track is shown here:
It appears that it will finally head far enough northward to merge with the remnants of the weather system that is now plaguing us with rain. The zombie reference comes from the fact that tropical depression #14 was first officially noticed by the National Hurricane Center on September 11th, receiving its official name – Nadine – a few hours later. Fast forward three weeks later and Nadine is still hanging around the middle of the Atlantic Ocean as a “fish storm”, i.e. just irritating the open ocean marine life. The one thing to note about tropical systems is that they are one of Nature’s rather spectacular ways of transporting the excess equatorial heat toward the poles. Nadine has certainly done its share of that!!