August heat replaced by cooler conditions


August has more of an Autumn feel this week

We are closing out one of the warmest Augusts on record as we currently have an average temperature of 78.1° placing us 5th all time for warmest Augusts.  We may not get to keep the top 5 status as the next few days are expected to be on the cool side.   Not a problem in my book.  It would appear that the cool and gray status of our region will remain with us for at least the middle of the week.  There is an area of high pressure off the coast of New England, and a rather impressive low (with tropical characteristics) off the coast of Cape Hatteras.  These two will continue to feed cooler than normal air with above normal moisture content into our region.  The mountains will then be able to squeeze some light rain or drizzle out of the clouds leaving us with a Portland-like next few days.  May hear the rumble of thunder later on Wednesday as we transition to a warmer scenario, but nothing severe at the moment is in the cards.

There is an area of low pressure in the high levels of the atmosphere churning over Illinois.  That feature may be able to bring a little more cloud cover and rain from the west, so there may be more rain in the area by mid-week as well.  The mountains may be able to restrict that flow a bit, but the overall rainy or cloudy pattern lingers.  High pressure moves in and establishes a warming trend for the last few days of the month, so we may see more 80s and possibly a 90 by the end of the week. 

Overall, enjoy the mild and cool conditions as we have a taste of fall in the air. 

The tropics are getting a bit more interesting.  The low I mentioned above may become a named storm or at least a Tropical Depression before long and Dorian is moving into the Lesser Antilles.  May impact Florida by the weekend… but way to early to tell definitively at this moment.

Stay safe.

John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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