Tuesday 9:45 a.m.
A southwesterly flow of warm, moist air ahead of a cold front is contributing to a band of rain and thunderstorms that stretches from the Ohio Valley into parts of the Middle and North Atlantic states. We expect some showers and thunderstorms to cross the I95 corridor from D.C. to Boston later today and this evening.
The cold front should slip south then stall from Virginia or Maryland to Kentucky tomorrow. With the front likely to make only limited progress, some additional showers may occur tomorrow from D.C. to New York City and on west. Most of New England should turn sunny.
In general, computer models suggest a low pressure area forms along the front in the Middle Atlantic states on Friday then slowly moves up along the coast this weekend. If that happens, it will be a damp weekend in the I95 corridor of the Northeast.
In contrast, most of the Great Lakes region looks like it will bask in sunshine with afternoon temperatures in Detroit and Chicago close to 70 and nights cooling to the 40s and 50s. The video has more.
In the longer range, the re-curving of the latest western Pacific typhoon may signal an upper air trough (and cool weather) in the Northeast in a week to 10 days.
Late September is not generally known for widespread thunderstorms, but this map shows near 50,000 lightning strokes in the period from 8 EDT last night until just after 8:30 EDT this morning.
This upper-air forecast map for next Saturday shows the flow that would foster a warming trend later in the week and for next weekend.
We always look back at our previous forecasts to try to learn from episodes in which we believe we could have done better. The following satellite picture shows dry weather today in just the area that originally looked like it would have more rain.
In other words, while late summers in Phoenix have gotten wetter during the last few years, Boston has become drier. Is there anything more momentous or general that we can say about this?
This enhanced infrared satellite picture shows the cold front in the Northeast and the moisture wrapping around Odille on the southwest part of the map.
Across the Central and Northern states, thunderstorms are less common at this time of year than in late spring and summer. One area that has had more thunderstorms than usual recently is across the Desert Southwest.
Last week, I mentioned that longer range computer models were suggesting a major warmup by next weekend. More recent runs have backed off on the that idea. However, there is extreme uncertainty beyond the next 7-10 days. This can be seen by looking at the following map.