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09/23/2017

Fall Heat Wave Continues... Maria Update.

It was just another typical summer day today... oh wait, that's right it's fall.  

Our high reached 90 degrees this afternoon marking the 4th straight 90° day and we weren't alone.  90's were widespread across the East-Central US with Chicago recording their warmest reading of the summer at 95 degrees!

Temps

We can thank the development of a large, slow moving, upper ridge of high pressure for all the warmth recently.   This high and an upper low out west have formed a "blocking pattern" that is currently preventing the normal progression of systems across the US.  It is also this block pattern that is currently keeping Maria off shore from the US East Coast.  At least for now.  

Satrad

The latest model data suggests that the category 3 storm will continue moving north over the next few days while slowly weakening.  

After approaching the North Carolina Outer Banks early in the week, the storm is expected to make a turn out to sea.  

Tropics track

For us, it will be a heat repeat with more 90's through Tuesday or possibly Wednesday.

Temp trend

We'll likely end up with about 7 possibly 8 days in a row of 90's before we see a cold front arriving with the return of normal fall temps in the 70's.  

WDRB Meteorologist Jeremy Kappell

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