So what about the weather between now and this weekend?
With the increasing buzz about next week’s potential “superstorm” it would be simple to overlook the weather for the next few days. However, in the interest of living in the moment let’s not forget the continuing warm stretch we are now experiencing. Yesterday’s high temperature of 86 degrees (F) at Shannon Airport could once again be approached today as the mild southwesterly breezes continue. However that might be our last flirtation with the 80′s this week as a backdoor front edges down the coast on Thursday and swings the wind direction around first to the southeast and then to the east on Friday. That combination signals the development of the usually unwelcome “cold air damming wedge” that we’ve discussed here before.
This setup will likely usher in a low cloud deck from off the Atlantic waters overnight Thursday into Friday with perhaps a bit of annoying drizzle to accompany the overcast. Exactly how far inland that cloud deck penetrates is debatable, and given the ‘Burg’s propensity to be on the dividing line of things it wouldn’t surprise me to find more clouds east of I-95 and more sun toward the Blue Ridge mountains. In either case the high temperatures Thursday and Friday will still reach into the 70′s so it won’t be cold. That description is reserved for next week after the Canadian air reaches here.
And as for the coming weather events? Stay tuned, since even the National Weather Service Sterling office’s morning forecast discussion indicates that the long term forecast is still uncertain. More on that later…