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.
While lulls in tropical activity in the Atlantic will continue, a rapid end to the hurricane season in September does not always occur during an El Nino.
After heat has dominated headlines this summer, cool air has finally taken control of the northern half of Europe with no signs of departing anytime soon.
Steering winds could take Ignacio, as a remnant storm, into the southeastern arm of Alaska or British Columbia during the middle days of next week.
While Tropical Storm Kevin will stay well away from Mexico, its moisture will still lead to an increase in showers and thunderstorms from Baja California to the Four Corners region of the United States.
A stormy weather pattern will prevail through September across much of southern South America.
Downpours will spread from Italy to Ukraine to start the weekend before cooler air works southward and eventually sweeps the heat wave away from the Balkan Peninsula.
Los Angeles, CA (1988)
110 degrees -- all-time September record.
Washington, DC (1939)
"Once in a hundred-year rainstorm" 4.40 inches in 2 hours at the Washington Zoo.
Minneapolis, MN (1941)
Tornado - 5 dead - $450,000 damage.