THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016
TROPICAL STORM MATTHEW STRENGTHENS SLOWLY IN THE CARIBBEAN--NOT EXPECTED TO IMPACT THE GULF OF MEXICO
MOSTLY SUNNY AND SEASONABLY WARM THIS AFTERNOON
MOSTLY CLEAR AND COOL TONIGHT
MOSTLY SUNNY SKIES WITH LESS HUMIDITY, SEASONABLY WARM AFTERNOONS AND SLIGHTLY COOLER NIGHTS ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
Mostly sunny and warm this afternoon. High temperatures will be in the mid-80's. Look for northeast winds at 5-10 mph.
Mostly clear and cool tonight. Overnight lows will range from near 70 on the Island to the mid-60's inland. Look for northeast winds at 10-15 mph.
Mostly sunny and a little cooler tomorrow afternoon. Highs will be near 80. Expect northeast winds at 10-15 mph.
On Sunday, we anticipate mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies and mild to warm temperatures. Highs will be in the low-80's. We should have northeast winds at 5-10 mph.
SYNOPSIS AND OUTLOOK
Mostly sunny skies and lower humidity levels will prevail through Saturday as high pressure builds over Texas and drier air flows into the region. A reinforcing surge of slightly cooler air will reach the coast later today keeping good weather around through the weekend.
NATIONAL OUTLOOK:This morning, we find an cold front extending east and northeast from western Mississippi to southwest Virginia. The front then connects with a warm front stretching from a low in Indiana to a low in eastern North Carolina. There the front turns into a stationary front extending north-northeast in the Atlantic to a low east of Maine. To our north, high pressure is located over Nebraska, while far to the west, a stationary front extends from northern California to western Washington state and eastward to western North Dakota. Embedded lows are found along the front over Northern California, eastern Washington state and Montana.
At the upper-levels we remain in a somewhat amplified pattern with a large upper-level low over Indiana and an associated trough extending from eastern Canada southwestward to northern Mississippi and Alabama. Elsewhere, a large high pressure ridge extends northward from Texas to the northern Plains and Rockies. Far to the west, detached upper-level lows are found in the Pacific west of Baja California and over Southern California.
Plenty of sunshine and lower humidity levels will prevail through the weekend. A reinforcing surge of cooler air will reach the coast later today, bringing somewhat cooler nights and seasonably warm afternoon temperatures through Sunday. Looking further ahead, warmer temperatures will creep back into our picture by the middle of next week.
Tropical Storm Matthew is gradually becoming stronger in the Caribbean Sea and may soon become a hurricane. At 8 am, EDT, Matthew was centered near 14.1 N and 65.5 W., or about 300 miles south of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Sustained winds were 70-mph and central pressure was 995 MB (29.38"). Matthew is moving west at 16-mph with an eventual turn to the north expected. Otherwise, tropical development is not expected at this time.