Friday, August 31, 2012

September 1st, 2012 Forecast

Yep, the title reads right.  Saturday is the first day of September and the beginning of the end of one of the hottest summers on record.  Unlike Memorial Day, when temperatures were already in the 90's and there was brilliant sunshine, this Labor Day weekend will feature some sun but also the remnants of Hurricane Isaac, in the form of some showers.

First though, many high schools are gearing up for their first high school football game tonight.  Around kickoff, temperatures will still be around the 90-degree mark and humid, so be sure to drink fluids.  Skies will be mostly clear with a sunset at 7:32PM.  Winds will be around 10 mph to start, dropping to around 5 mph out of the west.  Temperatures around the final whistle will still be warm, in the lower 80's.

For the rest of the night, temperatures dropping to the lower 70's.  Winds will remain out of the west at 5 to 10 mph and skies will stay mostly clear.  Saturday defiantly look the the clearest day of the weekend, so if you have outdoor plans, and don't mind some heat, this is it.  Skies remaining hazy and mostly clear.  Temperatures again around 90-degrees and still humid.  Winds starting to shift around from the north at 5 to 10 mph.  Down the shore, air temperature will be a little less than 90-degrees with the addition of a sea breeze.

After Saturday, a big drop in temperatures come in along with the precipitation.  A bulk of the moisture from Isaac will stay to the south, but we see precipitation chances for a majority of the extended forecast.  Sunday, clouds will be on the increase throughout the day.  Some showers and a pop-up thunderstorm or two are possible, mostly in the evening.  Temperatures drop from near 90-degrees to the lower 80's.  Monday, we remain in the lower 80's under mostly cloudy skies with more showers and thunderstorms possible.  Tuesday is our best chance of rain, especially in the evening.  Temperatures bump up into the mid-80's.  Wednesday, temperatures are back into the mid to upper 80's with still some unsettled weather around, although not as intense as it could be Tuesday.Thursday we finally see some gradual clearing, more sun than clouds will prevail, however there is still a chance of showers.  Temperatures are back down for next Friday to near seasonable levels.

Remember, although not widely anticipated, any rain or thunderstorm the is part of the remnants of Isaac could result in localized flooding.  Isaac was a tropical system, so instead of rainfall rates of 0.25 to 0.5 inches of rain per hour, it's possible for some area's to see 1 to 2 inches of rainfall per hour.  If you live in a flood prone area, stay on alert.  Remember not to drive through flood waters and don't go around posted barricades.  Turn Around, Don't Drown.