TONIGHT: Clear To Partly Cloudy, Not As Chilly. Lo 58.
THURSDAY: Increasing Clouds. Hi 80.
FRIDAY: Afternoon Clearing. Hi 69.
High pressure remains in charge across the Midstate keeping the skies mainly cloud-free, but also limiting the moisture (other than morning fog) and rain. Sunshine may appear “filtered” or “hazy”. This is due to a smoke layer in the atmosphere that has drifted east from the massive wildfires in California and the west coast. So although it will be sunny, the brilliant blue skies that would normally appear during a pattern like this may be smoky instead. Tonight will bring slightly more cloud cover as a front approaches, so it will not become as chilly. Lows will be in the low to mid-50s.
A weak cold front will drop in from the Great Lakes tomorrow making for increasing clouds. That front will help to steer what’s left of Sally into the Mid-Atlantic. Moisture from Sally could move northward by tomorrow night and Friday, drawing some clouds into our region. Rainfall from the tropical system looks to remain south and another ridge of high pressure should build in for more spectacular weather by the upcoming weekend! While the tropics remain active, our weather looks fairly quiet. Spend some time outdoors this week and enjoy the cool, pleasant nights! The weekend will feature highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s for more of an autumnal feel. Should be great for more outdoor activities!
Tropical Update: Sally is rapidly weakening today after it made landfall. Unfortunately there is not much forward momentum with the storm, so the Florida panhandle, Alabama, Georgia and parts of South Carolina are getting pounded with unrelenting rain. Rainfall amounts of 10-20″ are likely along the Alabama and Florida panhandle coastline which will result in historic flooding. The storm should move northeast by tomorrow, affecting Georgia and the Carolinas with heavy rain through Friday. It will stay south of our region, just bringing Central PA some clouds late tomorrow and early Friday.
In addition to Sally, we are monitoring three other tropical systems in the Atlantic: Paulette, Teddy, and Vicky. Vicky is expected to fizzle over the next few days and Paulette will race into the northern Atlantic. Teddy is expected to strengthen into a major hurricane, but any threat to land also appears minimal at this point. Let’s hope this all holds while the U.S. deals with Sally this week.
-Meteorologist Dan Tomaso