Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Another Beauty on Wednesday!

By Jay Grymes & Steve Caparotta

WAFB First Alert Quickcast:
- another comfortably cool start for Wednesday
- stays dry through the rest of the work week
- rain returns to the forecast for the weekend
How about that for the first day of fall?  But sadly, don’t get used to it.  As expected, most of us started the day in the upper 50°s to low 60°s under clear skies.  Highs topped out in the mid 80°s for most WAFB communities under a ‘ton of sunshine’ with dew point in the 50°s -- that’s welcomed “dry” air (low humidity).
Skies remain clear tonight and into Wednesday morning; the Red Stick will enjoy another day with sunrise temps near 60°.  However, dew point temperatures will begin a slow rise by mid-day tomorrow.  Skies will remain mostly sunny with highs returning to the upper 80°s for most -- still a pretty day but just not quite as nice as today.
Our area forecast remains mainly-dry through Friday, with the humidity continuing a slow rise.  Morning starts will be in the low to mid 60°s for Thursday and mid to upper 60°s by Friday.  Highs for Thursday and Friday will be in the upper 80°s under fair to partly cloudy skies.  We can’t completely rule out a spotty shower by Friday but the chances are almost too low to even mention: set Friday’s rain chances at 10% for the afternoon and early evening.
Heading into the weekend, rain returns to the forecast.  For the time being, we’ll go with about a 40% chance of rain for Saturday and likely rains on Sunday.  The rains and clouds should keep just about everyone in the 80°s for weekend highs.  We’ll keep isolated to scattered rains in the forecast for next week’s start too.
In the tropics, there’s simply nothing to talk about.  The NHC has identified no areas with even a slight chance of development through the next five days -- and we don’t hear anyone complaining!

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