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Meteorology Monday: October 1 - October 7

Explorer A

Happy October!  For the first week of the month, we are anticipating a lot of changes to the weather.  Expect cooler than normal temperatures for most of the country by the weekend as a strong cold front pulls down cooler air from Canada. 

In fact, we may see our first shot for a rain and snow mix in DEN on Saturday!  On the flip side, warmer than normal temperatures will persist until about Wednesday in parts of the Southwest with temperatures in the 100s for the interior parts of Southern California as well as LAS, PHX, and TUS.  Due to the multiple systems moving through the country, it looks to be a wet, active week for the eastern part of the country, as well as parts of Texas.

Tropical Storm Nadine is still dancing around in the Atlantic, and has reached 20 days of tropical storm activity.  Nadine is one of a handful of storms to “live” that long, and still poses no threat to any SWA or AirTran stations.  As of now, the Pacific is quiet of any tropical activity, but we are watching a low pressure system in the Atlantic that may develop into our next named storm, Oscar.  If the storm were to develop, it would likely take a sharp northeastward turn, not impacting any stations.

Here are this week’s weather highlights:

  • The Midwest, including MKE and MDW, stays dry for the first part of the week until a system brings rain showers in Thursday, lasting into the first part of the weekend. 
  • For the Northeast, including our big stations IAD, DCA, BWI, PHL, LGA, and EWR, expect a few rounds of shower activity.  The first round is expected to begin Tuesday ahead of a cold front, lasting into Wednesday.  The second round is likely to be this weekend, Saturday and Sunday.
  • Looks like an active weather week for the Southeast, including ATL.  Expect a line of showers and thunderstorms to push through the area along a cold front Monday into Tuesday.  Then the Southeast will mostly dry out, with another system creating scattered showers and thunderstorms Saturday night into Sunday. 
  • Cooler, fall-like temperatures are in store for Oklahoma and Texas this week, with high temperatures—in some areas—struggling to make it to 90 this week.  A strong cold front will bring a chance for showers and thunderstorms Saturday and Sunday, with very cool, unseasonal temperatures behind it. 
  • In the West, hot temperatures likely for ONT, BUR, LAS, PHX, and TUS until about Wednesday.  DEN is mainly quiet this week until Saturday when they see their first chance of a rain and snow mix on Saturday. 

Have an excellent week!

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