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Quieter weather to begin the weekend

The cold front that fired off storms the past few days has crept far enough south and east that Fredericksburg will experience quieter conditions today and tomorrow. In fact here’s a visible satellite image that illustrates the current setup:1230Z visible sat imageThe blue arrows indicate valley fog, indicative of clear skies overnight that allowed temperatures to drop far enough to create the fog. The yellow arrow points to low maritime overcast forced inland by northeasterly winds off the Atlantic, a hint that the cold front is to the south.

The result will be mostly clear skies today – Friday – with a popup shower or storm possible later this afternoon. High temperatures will reach into the upper 80s (average for July) but dewpoints will slide into the upper 60s. That will alleviate some of the stickiness today. Saturday morning the thermometer will register in the mid-60s ahead of an afternoon high in the upper 80s under clear skies. These conditions should provide decent viewing of tonight’s so-called “super moon”, the first of three consecutive months in which the moon will be at its closest to the earth during full moon.

Sunday a warm front will push northward and bring back the “stickies” along with the heat as temperatures climb back into the mid-90s. That boundary will also mean the return of afternoon thunderstorms so keep that in your Sunday plans. The first part of next week will also be hot and humid with storms but then a pattern change will occur. More on that in a later blogpost (hint: it’s NOT the “polar vortex”, despite what you may have already heard!!!!).

Meanwhile, have a great weekend!

 

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