Friday, October 7, 2011

"All good things..."
- Title of the two-part final episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation
and the 2010 film starring Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst

11:00 PM EDT 10/8/2011
We trust our readers in the Eastern U.S. have relished in the  the nearly cloud-free conditions and warm sunshine this weekend courtesy of an expansive high pressure ridge (NWS map). In many areas from the Ohio Valley to the Northeast and the Mid-South, pleasant weather will continue well into Columbus Day. If you have not been able to get outside and enjoy these golden October days, we encourage you to do on Sunday while you can.

Changes are in the offing. Our team's analysis of long range computer models, led by Forecaster Connor in Maryland and Forecaster Nic in North Carolina, show that an area of disturbed weather extending from Central Florida into the northern Gulf is likely to develop over the next few days. This system may not attain true tropical characteristics, but it sure may act like one. Our Tropical Team is also watching the situation closely. Concerns over a potentially strong East coast storm next week prompted the Climate Prediction Center to hoist a troika of "heavy rain, high winds and significant waves" on the U.S. Hazards Assessment Map for the Day 3 through 7 period. 

...must come to an end. We know our North Texas readers must be rejoicing to see the toilsome end of the longest period of low rainfall on record. Though the hot conditions ended a few weeks ago, this 5-day precipitation projection from the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center shows that many will be singing in the rain this week. Copiously welcome rainfall of 10 or more inches may grace the Oklahoma-Texas border, and the East coast of Florida in the 5-day period ahead. For those in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, soak up that sun now... for all good things must come to an end. (Forecaster Foot)