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Updated - A great weather weekend, and a quick-strike storm beyond

High pressure and a southerly flow brings us an Indian Summer that all can enjoy. The next system has been moving a little more quickly on the models.

Updated Below (Earthquake Hits The Region)

Good Saturday morning everyone!

Not as cold this time around, though always at least a little chill-- it is November after all. The weather map is fully dominated now by high pressure, and every place from the Mississippi River straight to the Atlantic coast finally has some peace and quiet.

HPC - Surface Map - Saturday PM

Our location safely within the ridge will mean we get to watch these showers and the general storm flow go well to our north, and we'll tap into the warm air coming up from the south. In particular, Sunday and Monday look to be fairly breezy from that direction too. The fire danger is going to be elevated before the rains arrive, so please be careful and obey all burning regulations. This weekend is a great time to get to that last bit of yard work, perhaps give the lawn a once-over before shutting it down for the season. In addition do rake up those leaves, because you do not want to mess with it during the middle of next week. We've got our next system coming once Veterans Day is over.

NAM - Monday PM NAM - Early Tuesday

Temperatures will be moving quickly through the 60s again on Monday, but from the moment the first rain drop falls, we'll see those temperatures plummet all the way down to the 30s again for Tuesday-- a day that struggles to get through the 40s. That's a big change. Notice on the right-hand map the -4 and -5 Celsius air pokes in at the 850mb level right at the tail end of the moisture. Put another way...

NAM - Precipitation Type - Monday PM NAM - Precipitation Type - Early Tuesday

The sharply colder air will probably squeeze out some flakes as it finishes, though we'll have to see if this means just the eastern mountains or perhaps the Kanawha valley hills as well.

Unlike past systems like this, we're going to return to a more "zonal" (west to east) flow of the jet stream rather than more large troughs and ridges. Our weather should also become more seasonable from there. Now that we're in November, this means average highs will be under 60, and morning lows now dipping into the 30s.

Update (1:45pm) - Our phones were ringing off the hook for quite a while there :-) Yes, we did have an earthquake. It was centered between Hazard, KY and Pikeville, KY, but it's preliminary magnitude was a 4.3 on the Richter Scale. Not normally a big deal in a place like California, but certainly a picture-rattler here.

This is a map of the curernt "Did You Feel It" imagery put out by the USGS:

If you have anything to report in that vein-- feel free to post about it below :-) I'm sure we'll have a lot more on this coming up on WSAZ-TV's news shows.

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Have a great day everyone!

-B

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