Crisp, autumnlike nights, will blanket much of the eastern two-thirds of the country early this week while sunshine compliments pleasant afternoons. The sweeping area of high pressure bringing the change is a big sign that fall is just around the corner.
The refreshing change in air will settle into the country in wake of major cold front that sparked widespread severe weather from the Midwest to the Northeast Friday into Saturday. The two-day severe weather event ended late Saturday night with 462 reports of wind damage, 31 reports of hail larger than a quarter, and two tornadoes.
Twitter lit up late Saturday morning with countless photos of the tornadoes when they hit the New York City metro area.
With the severe weather threat long gone, a major shift toward tranquility well settle into the East.
In many cases, overnight lows will be their coolest since the spring. While the air is not expected to shatter records, it will make sleeping more pleasant for many.
Lows will be widespread in the 40s across the Great Lakes east into the Appalachians Sunday night. The relief will even be felt across the Gulf Coast from the Florida panhandle west into Texas as lows settle into the lower 60s.
Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski began talking about the cooldown last week. The cooldown and tranquility will make headlines this week, the severe weather that rattled the country Friday and Saturday reminds us why autumn has a different meaning for meteorologists.
The cooldown will put a dent into the summer heat that is in running for one of the hottest on record. Later this week, temperatures will gradually rebound to more seasonable levels.
As the skies darken Monday night, stargazers will have the chance to witness the streaking glow of the Ursid Meteor Shower, which will radiate from near Polaris.
While prospects for a white Christmas are grim along the I-95 corridor, many communities from the Great Lakes to the Rockies should enjoy the desired snowy scene for the holiday.
The wet weather pattern across the Seattle area will continue through the week, creating poor travel conditions in the region ahead of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
People who are dreaming of a white Christmas across the interior Northwest may see their dreams come true this year as another storm impacts the region.
Several fast-moving storm systems will bring windy and wet weather to the British Isles and northern Europe.
A storm bearing strong winds, heavy snow, torrential rain, thunderstorms and fog will converge on the Northeast and Midwest on Christmas Eve and will likely create ground and flight delays.
Portland, OR (1892)
27.5" of snow (21st-24th).
Richmond, VA (1942)
-1 degree F earliest ever below zero.
New York City (1959)
15" of snow.