Hurricane Fabio continues to churn over the Eastern Pacific and will take a northward turn by next week.
Most of the tropical systems that form near the Central America coast in the Eastern Pacific head out to sea. However, every once in a while a system manages to take a more northward run.
As high pressure over the West now shifts eastward, a dip in the jet stream will capture Fabio just enough to tug it northward, potentially near the coast of Baja California next week.
The good news is that Fabio will be weakening as it turns toward the coastline.
According to Tropical Weather Expert Dan Kottlowski, "Cooler waters in this region would lead to substantial weakening of Fabio. But, moisture from it could be drawn in across the Mexico province and perhaps part of the Southwest United States moving forward."
The Southwest could use any sort of non-flooding rainfall.
In the short term, monsoonal and recycled moisture will lead to localized drenching thunderstorms across the Southwest through the weekend.
The pattern will also drive humidity levels to beyond the uncomfortable range for many folks. The combination of extreme heat and humidity in the Southwest will make conditions dangerous for strenuous activity during the midday and afternoon hours.
As temperatures rise through the weekend in the South, so will the risk for heat-related dangers.
While heavy rainfall inundated the Phoenix area with historic flooding, deadly landslides occurred in Japan, claiming dozens of lives.
While a tropical low is expected to brew into Tropical Storm Cristobal this weekend, the East Coast of the U.S. is being monitored for future impacts -- even if the storm remains well offshore.
United States residents may pay higher heating costs this fall as colder air is expected to grip the Rockies and Plains at times and some quick-hitting chilly shots may impact the Northeast.
A swath of soaking rain will slowly shift from the northern Plains to the Canadian Prairies this weekend, making people reach for their umbrellas and heightening concerns for flooding.
While residents will face more disruptions to outdoor activities on Saturday, dry air will push southward across Pittsburgh to end the weekend.
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108 degrees -- new record high for this date, also the 56th day of the last 59 days that they have reached 100 degrees or more.
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