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“Boring” weather to last through weekend

Our “boring” weather of warm, sunny afternoons and clear, crisp nights won’t last forever, but it will last through Sunday. Models have slowed our next front down enough to where it now looks like we’ll squeeze out an entire weekend of nice weather. Highs each day this week will be near 70, with lows around 50.

Showers and storms are expected to move in overnight Sunday. There will likely be thunderstorms but widespread severe weather is  not expected at this time. Clouds and showers will probably stick around through Wednesday, as brisk north winds develop. Temps will gradually fall each day next week and we should see lows in the upper 20s by Thursday morning. With moisture lingering, there will even be some snow flurries in the highest elevations of the Smokies Wednesday night.

Everything is a bit quiet on the weather scene today but various elements are coming together for things to get interesting very quickly. Widespread severe weather is expected to break out across Oklahoma on Saturday evening.  It’s unusual to see a severe weather threat like this in October in the southern Plains. Those storms will weaken substantially before getting here. Meanwhile, Japan will be staring down the barrel of  a super typhoon by Sunday. The Pacific has broken an all-time record for period of time without a major typhoon over the past several weeks. That streak is about to dramatically end with super typhoon Lan. It has also looked like Ireland would be dealing with another big storm this weekend. They’re still cleaning up after the very unusual track of Ophelia came right over the top of them. It now looks like they’ll get a storm, but nothing like what they just experienced. On a brighter note, it looks like the West Coast of the US is going to get some relief from the fires, as storms begin moving in, bringing much-needed rainfall.

Finally, I mentioned the other day that this is perfect star gazing weather. Get out tonight and look up because Uranus will be at it’s closest approach to us tonight.  It rises at sunset and climbs to it’s highest point at midnight. Look south. This is the best it has appeared to us since 1963.  Also keep an eye out for the Orionid meteors! They’ll be flying be occasionally. If you’re up early enough, catch a view of the zodiacal light on the eastern horizon. This light appears as a faint beam streaming up from the horizon and is a result of sunlight scattering off dust grains in the plane of the solar system. Be far from artificial light, though, or you’ll miss it. I’ve included a picture of it below.

You all have a great day!

Zodiacal

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