A pattern shift brings a cooler weekend
We are in the midst of a significant pattern change that is surging a series of cold fronts in our direction. The latest such boundary pushed through Fredericksburg just after midnight last night and the air mass behind it has rewarded us with a sunny and dry Friday and a high temperature of 70 degrees.
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However with this shift in the weather pattern today may well be the last day for a while that the ‘Burg sees temperatures reach the 70′s as cooler Canadian air masses continue to barge south and eastward into the area. Climatologically the Fredericksburg area typically sees its last 70 degree high temperature of the year in mid-October so we’re right on schedule.
As a matter of fact another cold front will scoot across the region on Saturday but will remain mostly a dry event with some afternoon clouds and a slight chance of evening showers that won’t amount to much. Sunday will be sunny and delightful behind this next boundary as an even cooler air mass invades the ‘Burg with high temperatures in the low 60′s. Sunday night the lower dewpoints (dryer air), light winds, and clear skies will allow temperatures to nose-dive with the thermometer bottoming out in the upper 30′s in many places Monday morning. Yes, autumn is here and it’s time to drag out the sweaters and jackets when heading outdoors to check out the leaf colors and visit fall festivals and pumpkin patches.
I mentioned in an earlier blogpost that this week’s Virginia drought outlook map would likely shed any mention of dryness after the remnants of Karen drenched us. Feast your eyes on this U.S. Drought Monitor graphic:
There is absolutely no indication of drought or dry conditions in the Old Dominion now. It’s not much but maybe it’ll help Fredericksburgians appreciate the recent sogginess.
Enjoy the weekend! Oh, and next week? The fronts keep rollin’ along…