Weekly Outlook: September 7-13, 2020

The late great Dick Albert loved to used abbreviations on his forecasts maps, and we’re going to invoke one of his more common ones for this week’s forecast – MOTS (More Of The Same).

Stop us if you heard this before – we’ll start the week with high pressure in control, providing us with ideal cookout weather for Labor Day – sunshine, warm temperatures, and moderate humidity. As the high slides off to the east, temperatures and humidity levels will creep up a bit for Tuesday and Wednesday.

On average, high temperatures should be in the middle 70s for the middle of September. Image provided by Weathermodels.com

We’ll have a cold front move across the region on Thursday, bringing us some showers and thunderstorms, but right now they don’t look that heavy, so the drought we’re in will likely continue to worsen. High pressure builds in behind that front with cooler and drier conditions for Friday and Saturday. Sunday doesn’t look as good, with clouds and some showers possible, but given the recent performance by the models beyond a few days, we’re skeptical as to how wet it will be. We should have a better idea by the time we get to our Weekend Outlook on Thursday.

While we may see some rain on Thursday and possibly Sunday, we’re not expecting a lot. Image provided by WeatherBell.

Monday: Sunshine and plenty of it. High 75-82.

Monday night: Clear to partly cloudy. Low 57-64.

Tuesday: Partly to mostly sunny. High 80-87.

Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. Low 59-66.

Wednesday: A mix of sun and clouds. High 80-87.

Thursday: More clouds than sun with some showers or thunderstorms possible. High 79-86.

Friday: Becoming partly to mostly sunny and much cooler. High 68-75.

Saturday: A mix of sun and clouds. High 67-74.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. High 71-78.

On a separate note, while our weather has been, and will continue to be fairly quiet, there is some wild weather going on in other parts of the nation. Much of California and the Southwest has been baking in some extreme heat over the weekend. San Francisco set a record high when it reached 100 downtown yesterday and 102 at the airport. The normal high for the day is only 74. Even wilder weather will invade the Rockies and the Plains in the coming days. Denver reached 97 yesterday, tying their record for the day. They should reach 90 again on Monday ahead of a strong cold front. Behind that front, they could receive 6 or more inches of snow on Tuesday. Denver’s record for earliest snow on record is September 3, 1961. On average, they don’t see snow until October 18. In the higher elevations of the Rockies, snowfall totals 1-2 feet or more are possible.

A significant snowstorm is likely in the Rockies tonight and Tuesday. Image provided by the College of DuPage.

We also have a new tropical depression in the Atlantic. Tropical Depression 17 developed last evening. It will likely become Tropical Storm Paulette today, but will remain over open water for the next several days, presenting no threat to land. Another wave in the eastern Atlantic could become a tropical depression or storm in the next day or two as well. The climatological peak of hurricane season is still about 10-14 days away, so the uptick in activity is not a surprise at all.

Labor Day Weekend Outlook: September 4-7, 2020

Labor Day Weekend is the “traditional” end to summer, and this one will be a lot like most of the summer has been – dry.

Yes, we’ll say it again – we really need some rain. Image provided by the National Drought Mitigation Center.

This forecast will be fairly brief, because there’s not a lot to talk about. A cold front moves through tonight, bringing an end to the showers we’ll have this afternoon and evening. High pressure then builds in for Friday and the weekend. Friday will remain quite warm, but noticeably less humid. We’ll cool off a bit for Saturday, but then we’ll start to warm up again for Sunday and Monday, with humidity levels starting to creep up once again.

High temperatures should be well into the 80s across the region on Friday. Image provided by WeatherBell.

Thursday night: Any lingering showers come to an end, the skies start to clear out late at night. Low 63-70.

Friday: Becoming mostly sunny. High 80-87.

Friday night: Clear to partly cloudy. Low 52-59.

Saturday: Sunshine and a few clouds. High 70-77.

Saturday night: Clear to partly cloudy. Low 52-59.

Sunday: A mix of sun and clouds. High 74-81.

Sunday night: Clear to partly cloudy. Low 55-62.

Labor Day: Partly to mostly sunny. High 76-83.