After a very hectic week of weather last week that saw a blizzard over the western Dakotas which killed a lot of cattle, tornadoes up to a mile wide over Iowa, and a tropical storm approach the Gulf coast, this weeks weather has been a lot calmer. About the only part of the country experiencing stormy conditions is the eastern seaboard. A weak low pressure system is moving up the coast producing heavy rains inland and high winds near the coastline.
The center of the nation has been enjoying the best of fall weather. Bright sunny warm days and clear cool nights. Gulf moisture has been shunted to the east to along the coast with the low. An upper level trough is moving over the Rockies producing some rain lower elevations and snow at high elevation, but no big deal. The center of the nation sits between the two systems high and dry. The graphic from the Chicago Tribune shows this weather pattern, and the trend of warmer fall temperatures over the central US.
For the Chicago metro area, we have been experiencing the best weather of the year. Highs are reaching into 70s, or roughly 10 degrees above normal. Nights cool off quickly with the dry air that followed last weeks system. There is the chance of showers Saturday as the Rockies upper level trough just fringes the area as it moves mostly to our north. A much cooler and stormier weather pattern looks like it will move over the Midwest the middle of next week. In the mean time, enjoy!
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