The polar opposite of last weekend as there will be little chance for sunshine and a good chance for light rain and drizzle. There is a chance for some periods of heavy rain on Sunday morning as a cold front moves in from the west and north. The showers on Sunday should taper off in the afternoon but the cloud cover is expected to remain.
Saturday will be a gray day with the chance for light rain and drizzle as weak wedge of cool air develops. When we get the cool air damming up against the mountains the forecast is usually a cloudy and drizzly period. This should be no different Saturday as the moisture is in place for the low-level clouds, fog and drizzle. The temps will be a few degrees below normal, only topping out in the low to middle 70s (normal is around 80).
Sunday will bring about a bit of a change in the pattern, but the results will be similar. There is a cold front expected to cross over the mountains early in the day Sunday. That will ignite some rain showers and maybe a few storms as the cooler air meets with the milder air in place. The main result should be periods of heavy rain and even a few thunderstorms, but mainly in the late morning or early afternoon. Highs on Sunday should be back near normal, which is opposite of what one would think after a cold front passes, but there may be some pokes of sunshine to allow us to warm a bit.
Monday should be the last in the string of rainy forecasts. There is the chance that we may get some rain continuing into the early morning before dry air arrives and scours out the mist. I expect to see the mist and rain ending by the afternoon and there is hope of a little sunshine late in the day. Temps only rebound into the low 80s as the dry air may be on the cool side.
Tuesday and Wednesday look quiet and dry with temps in the 70s and plenty of solar energy to tap into for a while. Rain may not return for a while, so it is good to get the soaking we are expecting this weekend.
As for the tropics, Paulette is gaining a bit of hope with respect to becoming a category 2 hurricane. She may be moving a bit too close for comfort to the Island of Bermuda but other than that land mass, she looks to stay well clear of the U.S. Mainland.
Rene may also briefly become a hurricane before being reduced to a Tropical Storm then Depression by the end of the weekend but the erratic forecast track may have him over warmer water by next week.
Tropical Depression 19 just formed off the coast of Miami Florida. That will track into the Gulf of Mexico later in the weekend.
There are a couple of areas of interest that may develop tropical characteristics, one near the Bahamas, and another just coming off the coast of Africa. So, true to form, the tropics continue to be very active.
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