Forecast Last Updated at Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 6:34AM
Warm for Late September
We are in a northeasterly flow around Maria off the Carolina Coast. A few clouds develop this afternoon. A stray shower is not impossible late today, but not worth mentioning in the forecast box. Temperatures are unseasonably warm for late September. In fact, the last 10 days have been the warmest relative to average in 2017. A dry cold front moves through from the west early Thursday. We'll lose 3-5 degrees each day from Thursday to Sunday making the weather fit the season this weekend--a beautiful Fall weekend!
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Hi: 79 Lo: 59
Scattered PM clouds; Warm for late September; Light NE wind
Hi: 81 Lo: 59
Lots of sun; Continued warmer than average; North wind 5-15 mph, breezy at night
Hi: 76 Lo: 49
Scattered clouds; Not as warm; NW wind 5-15 mph
Hi: 70 Lo: 46
Mostly clear; A step cooler
Hi: 66 Lo: 42
Mostly clear; Cooler
Sunday - Mostly clear; Definitely fall; High in the lower 60s; Low in the mid 40s
Monday - More PM clouds; Cooler than average; High in the mid 60s; Low in the upper 40s
Maria is off the Carolina Coast slowly moving north. It's an expansive storm but gradually losing windspeed and will be downgraded to a tropical storm today. But the NC Coast from Jacksonville to Duck will feel the effects, particularly with some coastal flooding thanks to a persistent easterly wind. It will be an issue there until Thursday when it heads east.
Today and Wednesday, we are in a northeasterly flow around Maria and in it's subsidence zone--an area of sinking air around the periphery of a tropical system. That means sinking air, warmer temperatures, and limited chances for rain. A stray shower this afternoon is not impossible, but also not important.
A front moves through early Thursday from the west. A secondary front arrives Friday night. There's no rain since Maria has sucked moisture out of the atmosphere in the Southeast. Temperatures become progressively cooler Thursday through Sunday: still above average Thursday, near average Friday, and below average this weekend into early next week. Gorgeous fall weather is in store.
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