This morning we’re seeing a weak cold front move into Arkansas. This front sparked some potent t-storms across Oklahoma last night and into this morning. I don’t think this front will have enough kick left to it to generate such storms for us. Yesterday, it looked like the front would barely make it to us, creating shrs and storms all weekend. Now, it looks like it will make it through us and actually bring in a bit drier air for Saturday and Sunday. This is great news if you want a drier weekend! We may see some lingering shrs in the morning, but the majority of Saturday should be rain-free. Sunday looks even drier. Highs each day will be in the lower 80s. Rain starts to return by Sunday night, and next week is looking a whole lot like this week. And just an FYI, models are strongly suggesting a very cool start to September, with record lows possible. I’ll keep you posted.
If we get some clearer skies for Saturday night, and I think we will, go outside and look up! The Perseid Meteor shower peaks Saturday night and it is one of the best meteor showers of the year! For those of you subscribed to my https://meteorologistmark.com/ blog, I’ll send out a reminder tomorrow evening. The shower peaks in the pre-dawn hours of Sunday, but you can see meteors anytime from now through next week (weather permitting).
For today, though, expect clouds and isolated showers. Rain chances really pick up this evening and tonight as that weak front approaches and moves through. We can’t rule out a strong storm or two, but widespread severe weather is not expected.
Early yesterday morning Hurricane Franklin made landfall on the east coast of Mexico. Franklin is an odd storm and one that will be studied for some time to come. It originally formed in the Caribbean, exploded to a very strong tropical storm, and then quickly made landfall on the Yucatan peninsula. The storm then tried to strengthen on land and we’re still trying to figure out if it actually increased in strength while in the middle of the peninsula. We have seen storms do that before, though it is rare. Hurricane Andrew in 1992 is a good example of this. The storm went from cat 4 to cat 5 while on land.
Franklin held on to its tropical storm status all the way across the Yucatan, which is very rare. The storm re-entered the southern Gulf and blew up into a hurricane, the first one of the Atlantic season. Now, the storm has crossed the country of Mexico and is about to enter the Pacific Ocean. It has a 90% chance of regenerating into a tropical storm in the Pacific! This has only happened 17 times since records have been kept (since 1851)! In case your wondering, the storm will not be Franklin when it’s named in the Pacific. It will be named Jova. What’s odd is that our next Atlantic storm will be named Gert and the last time we had a Gert (names are recycled every 7 years) it was one of the 17 that passed from the Atlantic and into the Pacific, where it regenerated. Speaking of which, I’m still watching the disturbance that we expect to become Gert sometime over the next few days. Models are now suggesting it will curve away from the US and not be threat to the East Coast. It still bears watching.
You all have a great weekend and don’t forget to look for that meteor shower! Below is an image of the remnants of Franklin as they reorganize into another storm in the Pacific.