Wednesday, 9 a.m.
A southerly flow of increasingly moist air is spreading up the I95 corridor, where the dawn was greeted by dreary dullness and dim, drab drippiness from Maryland to Massachusetts. There are also some showers from western New York to Ohio along a cold front that will reach the East Coast this evening. When that cold front arrives, it will usher in a dry air mass that pulls back the curtain of clouds to reveal brilliant sunshine that plays off the multicolored leaves in the Northeast from tomorrow into the weekend.
In New York City and Philadelphia, typical afternoon temperatures are well up in the 60s at this time of year. Nights cool to about 50 in the cities, but well down in the 40s in many suburbs. The air masses in place from tomorrow through Saturday will bring temperatures that run about a half-dozen degrees below those long-term averages. Saturday morning is apt to be frosty in the colder suburbs from Washington, D.C., to New York City and below freezing in upstate New York and much of New England's interior. However, a strong southwesterly flow of warmer air could boost temperatures to 70 degrees in these areas on Sunday afternoon.
A strong storm is likely to cut through the Great Lakes Saturday night and Sunday, and its associated cold front will trigger showers and even thunderstorms. However, the air coming in behind that storm should not be as chilly as the air that follows this week's fronts. The reason: this week's upper air flow into the Northeast can be traced back to northwest Canada. Next week's main upper air current looks like it will be straight west to east. The video has more.
On this satellite picture, we see the plume of moisture advancing northeastward from the Ohio Valley.
In this picture, the sun had set as seen from the ground. However, sunlight was able to light up the clouds from below to create this look outside my home:
Now, drier air has arrived, and most of the Northeast will have abundant sunshine today and tomorrow.
A front that will usher in slightly less humid air for the Northeast tomorrow will trigger locally strong thunderstorms today.
Thunderstorms will continue to erupt near the northern edge of the heatwave, enhanced by a series of disturbances rippling along in the upper air flow. This is the NWS Storm Prediction Center's severe thunderstorm outlook for today
... the main upper air steering current moves eastward across the northern Plains, then dives southeastward toward the Middle Atlantic states. The core of this current defines the rim of the hottest weather and serves as a conduit for clusters of thunderstorms.