Here comes the weekend, and what a difference a day makes!
Yesterday's highs were in the upper 80s before the rains came...By Saturday we'll be lucky to hit 70.
High pressure direct from Canada is driving in this shot of cold air, long-advertized on air and on this blog (it's shown up really well and consistently).
HPC - Surface Map - Friday Afternoon
There will be a component of this wind coming off the Great Lakes, so Friday itself won't end up as sunny as the two weekend days. Often-times arriving cold air will scare up some harmless clouds as it is, even if there wasn't the added "lake effect".
Over-all, the weekend picture will be nice and dry, though also featuring the coldest air so far in our trek toward fall and winter. Afternoons will be pleasant enough despite the unseasonably cooler air, but its those morning temperatures that will be a shock to the system. We're talking 40s in most spots, with a few upper 30s within reach in those sheltered areas (we'll bring the 'radiational cooling' term back into vogue with this weekend forecast). I'll be the Canaan Valley area of northeast WV will see some patchy frost this weekend-- perfect to get that leaf-peeping season started off on the right foot.
Which reminds me, we should already be seeing some color on the trees that change as a direct result of the lessening sunlight (sycamores come to mind). It won't be long now before fall foliage maps hit the airwaves... and winter weather forecasts beyond it. If this season's hurricane forecast (so far) is any indication, that long-range discussion is tricky business. I'm not going there just yet, though you will probably get drips and drabs of my thoughts along the way... ;-)
I would be re-miss if I didn't get another plug in for Chilifest on Saturday. It's in downtown Huntington, and is one of those events that we here at WSAZ really get up for. Picture 10,000 of your best friends all having a good time, sampling some good chili and good tunes, and raising money for the Ronald McDonald House (and WSAZ Children's Charity). It starts at 11am and goes until about 5pm, but the prime time eats start about noon and go through 2-3pm or until the many booths and vendors start to run out (and they do!) I'll be out there helping out with the event all day long, and I hope to see some of you there too :-) Maybe even mention that you saw this on the blog if we meet.
For folks that still wish summer would stick around a little longer, take heart-- this fall chill does moderate next week (see the 7-day below). My hope anyway is that we can finally call the end of the muggy 70s for low temperatures. I'm done with my glasses fogging up on my way into work in the wee hours of the morning!
Have a great day everyone!