Hasta La Vista, Summer?
Summer has come and gone as of last Sunday morning at 5:51 EST, but try telling that to the weather! We have been in an unusual high pressure pattern lately, which has allowed temperatures this week to soar and cut down precipitation to just 35 percent of normal since Aug. 1. Logan’s high of 88°F on Tuesday nearly tied the record high of 89°F for the same date in 1926. Again on Wednesday and Thursday, highs of 93°F and 85°F were only two degrees and one degree off from tying records, respectively. Thankfully, the muggy and rainy conditions today will usher in much drier and cooler air for the weekend.
In the active tropics this week, we had two systems form: Tropical Storm Karen in the middle of the Atlantic and Tropical Storm Lorenzo in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico. Karen is currently disorganized and expected to remain below hurricane strength while it churns away from any land for the next few days. Tropical Storm Lorenzo, however, is forecast to reach hurricane strength before making landfall over the Mexican state of Veracruz today. Lorenzo will produce heavy rains of 5–10 inches in that region.
Closer to home, we will have a low pressure system move by to our north today, bringing the likelihood of heavy rain and possibly a thunderstorm. After the cold front passes during the afternoon, any showers should taper off and skies will clear overnight. Tomorrow, the air will be noticeably drier and cooler, setting the stage for magnificent autumn weather for the weekend and early next week.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy with clearing skies late. Lows in the mid 50s°F (13°C).
Saturday through Monday: Mostly sunny. Highs around 70°F (21°C). Lows near 50°F (10°C).