Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Labor Day Weekend Forecast: Stormy Weather Possible in East, South While West Remains Hot, Dry

Brian Donegan
Published: August 30,2017

The Labor Day holiday weekend will feature cool and stormy weather at times in the East, while much of the West remains dry with near-record high temperatures in some locations.
A southward dip in the jet stream will be the upper-level weather feature dominating most locations to the east of the Rockies this weekend, which should keep temperatures near or below average in the central and eastern U.S.
Brighter colors indicate warmer temperatures and darker colors indicate cooler temperatures.
Additionally, the remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey will track through parts of the Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic states, bringing unsettled conditions to those regions Saturday.
At the same time, a northward bulge in the jet stream over the West Coast will keep much of that region very warm and precipitation-free.
With that in mind, here's what travelers can expect for the Labor Day holiday weekend.
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Saturday's Forecast
  • Wet Areas: Harvey's remnants will bring showers and thunderstorms to portions of the Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic, though there will likely be rain-free periods at times. Wet weather will spread into parts of the Northeast overnight. Additional scattered thunderstorms are expected along the immediate Southeast coast into portions of Florida and along the northern Gulf Coast. Showers are also possible in the upper Great Lakes.
  • Dry Areas: Much of the Plains to the West Coast should enjoy a dry Saturday, with the exception of a few pop-up storms in the Rockies and Desert Southwest. Most of New England also looks dry during the day.
  • High Temperatures: Highs will be up to 15 degrees below average in much of the East, translating to 70s and lower 80s – a few spots in the Northeast may even hold in the mid- to upper 60s. Temperatures will range from 10 to 25 degrees above average in the West, with the core of the heat from California to Oregon where highs up to 110 degrees are possible, potentially threatening some record highs.

Saturday's Forecast
Sunday's Forecast
  • Wet Areas: A few showers are possible in the Northeast as the remnants of Harvey merge with another disturbance moving through the region. Scattered showers and storms are expected along the Gulf Coast from Texas to Florida, including parts of the Florida Peninsula. A couple showers also can't be ruled out in northern Minnesota and Upper Michigan.
  • Dry Areas: Other than the possibility of a pop-up storm in the Rockies or Desert Southwest, dry conditions are expected from the Midwest to the West Coast.
  • High Temperatures: Temperatures will be near average in much of the East, with highs in the 70s and 80s expected, except in northern New England where highs may hold in the mid-60s. Near-record heat will continue to sear the West, with 100-degree highs possible from the Pacific Northwest to southeastern California and the Desert Southwest.

Sunday's Forecast
Labor Day's Forecast
  • Wet Areas: Scattered thunderstorms will be possible along the Gulf Coast from South Texas to portions of the Florida Peninsula. An increase in tropical moisture will be a concern in parts of southern and eastern Texas, as well as southwestern Louisiana, due to an area of low pressure that may form in the Gulf of Mexico. Also, a few showers and thunderstorms are likely in portions of the Great Lakes region and the upper Midwest as another disturbance pushes into the region. A pop-up shower or thunderstorm is also possible in the Rockies.
  • Dry Areas: A broad swath of the U.S. will enjoy a dry Labor Day holiday, with the exception of the areas mentioned above.
  • High Temperatures: Highs are expected to be generally within 5 degrees of early-September averages to the east of the Rockies. Hot temperatures will persist in the West as many places rise above 100 degrees, once again.

Labor Day's Forecast
(MAPS: 10-Day Forecast High/Low Temperatures)

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