HIGH PRESSURE IS EXPECTED TO BUILD INTO THE MID-ATLANTIC REGION THIS WEEKEND… TEMPERATURES SHOULD REMAIN AT OR ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS

High pressure building in from the north should keep us dry through the weekend and into early next week. A weak area of low pressure off the Southeastern Coast is expected to be pushed further south and west as the high builds in. Saturday will feature some sunshine along with passing clouds. The further south you are, the more clouds you will see. If you go far enough south such as near the Outer Banks, there may even be a few showers caused by that aforementioned low pressure area spinning off the coast. The gradient between the high and the low will cause breezy conditions, but conditions won’t be that bad at all. Boaters should be cautious, though. When will we see a chance of rain? Right now, forecasters don’t see anything on the horizon that would bring us a decent chance of rain. That is unfortunate as we still have the rainfall deficit and it will be growing again over the next several days. The overall pattern features a trough in the west, which by the way, is causing snow in the mountains of the west. Many times when there is a trough in the west, there is a ridge in the east and that is the case this weekend. High pressure ridges create sinking air that inhibits cloud formation. Eventually, as we move through autumn, the jet stream will start moving south bringing more stormy, changeable conditions to the eastern half of the nation. But, for now, we are in a tranquil and relatively warm pattern. I guess we should just enjoy it and just hope that a turn to a wetter pattern develops as we head towards November. The tropical Atlantic is quiet, although there are a couple of areas of concern.

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