Record High Temps, Flooding, Santa Ana, and Tropical Hopes
We are nearly midway through October, yet areas in the upper Midwest through the central Atlantic states will have record high temperatures over the next couple days as a progressive ridge & trough system sets in, before eventually moving off the east coast by the weekend.
Along with the record high temperatures, rain is on the agenda for the Great Plains the next few days with cooler temperatures in the north, as a soon to be split low separates upon exiting the Rockies. Strong moisture advection from the south will aid in creating heavy rains with flooding likely along the Texas Panhandle to the Cherokee Strip, and into Kansas and central Oklahoma.
The Santa Ana winds will be kicking up again today for southwestern California. High wind watches and warnings have already been issued, with expected gusts exceeding 70mph. A wildfire that has already torn through the Angeles National Forest will likely flare up today with the forecast strong wind gusts, ushering in the beginning of ‘serious fire season’ for the region (note LA Times). A red flag warning has been issued for most of southern California in anticipation of the increased threat.
Nana is wandering around in the Atlantic, but I find it difficult to become excited about Grandma as she said I was bad this year. However, 98L will likely come together soon a little closer to home, but at the moment looks like it will stay out of our front yard. If things change I will look a little more closely =)