The weather has been fairly active in recent weeks, with numerous storm systems passing through the region…resulting in plenty of showers and far less sunshine than what we had grown accustomed to through the summer months and into the start of September. While it hasn’t been overly cool by any means, clouds have dominated the sky and we have had frequent episodes of wet weather. In fact, seven of the last nine days have recorded precipitation at Hyannis, with a couple of bouts of heavy rain mixed in to that stretch.
Of course, the more active weather pattern isn’t atypical for this time of year. The abundance of weather systems and frequent periods of wet weather are a result of a strengthening and more amplified jet stream caused by the changing seasons. As summer’s warmth tries to hang on, incoming shots of cold air from the northern latitudes result in bigger air mass clashes and thus more “weather.”
All that said, we are on the precipice of a stretch of more pleasant weather.
This morning’s temperature analysis and visible satellite image / radar composite is a near perfect capture of the changing seasons. Very cold air (temperatures in the 10s) can be found over the Northern Plains, an active cold front is diving through the Great Lakes, warm and muggy conditions exist along the East Coast and all the while a hurricane is passing east of Bermuda.
The cold front passing through the Great Lakes will move through our region tonight and be followed by high pressure for the upcoming weekend. Initially, this incoming high pressure will yield a chilly, breezy and somewhat gray day on Friday; however, fair and milder weather will take hold over the weekend as high pressure sets up across the Northeast.
This high pressure cell will remain in place into the first half of next week, holding any meaningful storminess well to our west.