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Meteorology Monday: October 8 - October 14

Explorer A

A definite chill was in the air across much of the country this past weekend as the first real cool spell settled in.   Many locations had their first frost and/or freezing temperatures of the season.

This week will see a rebound in temps back to normal or even above normal levels in many locations, along with frequent weather systems zipping across the country, bringing rain and some thunderstorms to many locations, including the southern Plains, Midwest, Great Lakes, Ohio Valley, Florida, and the Northeast.  There will even be a rather good chance for some rainfall across California and the Southwest, as a strong upper level system moves inland mid-late week. 

All continues to be quiet in the tropics as well, as we now head for the latter portion of the season, which runs through the end of November.

Here are this week’s weather highlights:

  • For the Northeast, wet to start the week, with frequent rounds of rain starting Monday evening through about Wednesday, with a nice end to the week into next weekend  (BWI, PHL, EWR, LGA, DCA, IAD, ISP, BOS, BDL, MHT, and PVD).
  • Good coverage of showers and thunderstorms will last through about Tuesday across Florida, before things return to more seasonal norms with just isolated showers or storms the second half of the week.
  • A couple round of showers across the Midwest and Great Lakes this week, one about mid-week, and then another towards next weekend. (MDW, MKE, DSM, IND, SDF, CLE, CAK, CMH, DAY, GRR, FNT, DTW, PIT, BUF, and ROC).
  • It will warm back into the 80’s this week across the Plains, but along with that will come the chance for scattered thunderstorms, with increasing coverage in the Plains and Mississippi Valley starting about Thursday, with daily chances then continuing through next weekend (DAL, OKC, TUL, ICT, MCI, STL, BKG, STL, and LIT).
  • A large storm system will settle into the Southwest mid-late week then slowly drift out toward the Plains by the weekend.  This will bring a decent chance for some rain to most of California about Wednesday-Thursday, then to the Southwest (including PHX and LAS) the second half of the week.
Have a wonderful week!

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