Monday 9:45 AM
A storm crossing the Gulf states dropped heavy rain over a wide area, and the moisture is moving northeastward. However, the upper air trough supporting the rain is shown to weaken slowly on the computer model (I use this term interchangeably with numerical forecasts) maps, and so places in the Northeast should not match the Gulf states in the rainfall amount department. One thing that is apparent is with a persistent flow from the Gulf states to New England, it will be warmer than average for this time of year.
Last week at this time, I showed a GFS forecast map for Oct. 10 that suggested it could snow in central and northern Pennsylvania. I suggested the model would change looks over time and, in fact, the very next run has a warmer look and no snow. On the other hand, a typhoon re-curved over the western Pacific, and this kind of event has often been followed by an upper air trough n the East about 10 days later. The most recent runs of GFS has trended toward this trough in the East scenario, and this suggests next week will be quite a bit cooler than this week (with the first push of cooler air arriving this weekend).
The numerical forecasts (I use this term interchangeably with computer models) for next week will certainly change in various ways before next week arrives, but there are hints that the higher terrain downwind from the Great Lakes could get their first snow showers of the season next week. This map for next Thursday shows a close call setup for this:
Meanwhile, my daily video shows what we can expect this week:
This year, the "slight" category has been divided in two: slight and enhanced. When seen together on an SPC map, the progression makes sense. When the term "enhanced" is used alone, it can be a challenge, at least until we get used to it.
This map shows the pressure analysis and locations of fronts and low pressure areas at 9 a.m. EDT today. Places from Philadelphia northeastward will only warm up if and when the warm front in Delaware passes any given spot. Chill air follows the front in Indiana.
This map shows the GFS forecast for Monday at 2 p.m. ET. If correct, rain will hold off for the Boston Marathon. However, you can see that any speedup of the rain would prove that idea to be wrong.
Another high pressure area will build over the Northeast during the weekend, so sunshine with mild afternoons can be expected. However, this forecast map for next Monday evening shows how extensive and wide ranging the next storm may be.
These maps show how the US model handles the disturbance now causing rain in Tennessee. On the 1st map (for tomorrow), it is embedded in a southwesterly flow. However the 2nd map (for late tomorrow night) shows it turning more toward the course that would take it out to sea.
In the middle of Pennsylvania, rain ended before daybreak, but rolls of sullen clouds presided during the first hours of daylight. A robin takes in the scene.