Unseasonably warm conditions will continue around Harrisburg, Pa., through the weekend, ahead of possible drenching rain from Karen.
High temperatures well in the 80s and generally rain-free weather will continue around the region through the day Sunday.
However, two weather systems have a chance at bringing a dose of heavy rain by early next week.
A front from the Plains is forecast to sweep off the East coast later Tuesday. Ahead of the front, showers and thunderstorms are in store with a southerly flow of moisture early next week.
Surviving within that flow may be Karen as a tropical rainstorm.
If Karen's rain does make the trip this far north, it would raise the possibility of flash and urban flooding, as well as travel delays, most likely from the afternoon/evening drive Monday with possible lingering effects for Tuesday morning's rush hour.
Most areas need rain and could easily handle a couple of inches over a 6- to 12-hour stretch with few problems as the last thorough soaking was Sept. 21. There is a chance of heavier rainfall if Karen gets totally involved.
Winds ahead of and during the rain may be rather strong Monday.
Some areas near and just east of the track of the center of circulation of Karen could be hit with a severe thunderstorm during Monday/Monday evening.
The air behind the front and/or Karen next week will be cooler than this week, but not abnormally so. Temperatures will still average near to above normal for the rest of next week.
As the sun begins to sink down beneath the horizon Thursday evening, the moon will partially eclipse the fiery star and cast a narrow shadow upon the Earth.
A new moon will allow for the perfect background for the Orionid Meteor Shower, set to peak on Tuesday Oct. 21 and into the morning of Oct. 22.
Showers may make an appearance at several of this year's World Series games in both Kansas City and in San Francisco.
Storms, including Ana, are lining up over the northern Pacific, en route to the northwestern United States and British Columbia.
Attention in the tropics will turn to the swath from southeastern Mexico to Cuba and Florida, where a new tropical system may form late this week.
After impacting Ireland and the United Kingdom, Gonzalo will bring rain and damaging wind gusts to central and southeast Europe through midweek.
Raleigh-Durham, NC (2000)
No precipitation since September 26th, a record long dry spell. (The month ended with only a trace of rain.)
San Salvador Island (1492)
Columbus made landfall on San Salvador Island under clear skies -- fortunately he met no hurricanes on First Voyage through March, 1493.
Salano's Storm prevented Spanish admiral from attacking Pensacola.