After a windy Friday, we will settle nicely through the 50s for the weekend. The weekend forecast looking great! We may have a few clouds and a sprinkle here or there Saturday evening into Sunday morning, but for the most part, we are looking at sunshine!
Nice weather will continue into the beginning of next week as a weak area of high pressure moves into the region. Temperatures will rebound back into the low 60s for a period of time before another cold front pushes through the region by mid next week. After that, big changes are on the way to our area.
Remember that Super Typhoon Nuri that I was harping about in my last blog? Well it is barreling down on the western coast of Alaska and the Bering Sea as it has now formed into a cold core low that is a very powerful storm. Most likely, one of the most powerful storms we have seen in 2014 and one of the most powerful storms to hit Alaska in decades. This storm could actually be a record breaker in that it could break the lowest atmospheric pressure recorded in Alaska. The old record was 925mb (millibars) that was measured in October of 1977 in the Dutch Harbor (off the southern coast of Alaska).
Alaska will take a brutal hit from this storm this weekend with hurricane force winds, very high seas and heavy precipitation. As it stalls out during the end of the weekend and into early next week in the central Bering Sea, it will weaken significantly knocking down the odds of a large coastal flood event of the mainland of Alaska. However, this storm will have an effect on our weather around the continental United States as it causes a ripple effect for the jet stream.
Okay, let’s all calm down about a polar vortex (yes, I am talking about my friends around the country in the media). THE POLAR VORTEX IS ALWAYS THERE! I want to face palm myself every time I hear that (which has been about 40 times on social media and on TV in about 30 mins on this Friday morning). Here is a simple reminder:
With that being said, yes we are going to get chilly towards the end of next week. Why? Well in simplest terms – behind a cold front that will cross through mid-week, a strong arctic high will build across the region and this little blast of chilly air is most likely due from the remnants of Super Typhoon Nuri as that storm will continue to pump warm air into the atmosphere in the western North America, surging cold air down across the United States.
Cold air will filter out of the northern plains and continue to trek into the Midwest at the beginning of next week. As we head into the end of the work we and once that frontal system moves through and high pressure slides eastward across the United States, we are looking at temperatures around the D.C. area below average for this time of year.
Caption: Cold air filters out of the Northern Plains on Tuesday afternoon.
Caption: Cold air slides to the east coast by Friday as an Arctic High travels eastward across the United States.
Our average temperature towards the end of next week will top out in the upper 50s; however, we will most likely fall into the 40s by the end of next week. So we are not too chilly but chilly enough to take notice! And just a note, we have generally already fallen into the 40s in the D.C. area by this time so we have some work to do to catch up!