You can thank the departure of a large upper level low from the southeast U.S. (one that funneled tremendous moisture from Hurricane Joaquin into the Carolinas) and building high pressure for the climbing temps. In fact, much of the nation will be under upper level ridging between the lows over the Atlantic (one off the SE coast and one associated with Joaquin) and another low in the southwestern U.S. Fair weather, with a mix of clouds and sun, will dominate the rest of the week as those temps climb under the upper level ridge.
|The upper level (35,000') map for this evening shows ridging over the Mid-South between low pressure in the Desert Southwest and over the east coast.|
As we head towards week's end, a front will sink south into the region. However, little upper level support accompanies it, so though clouds are expected, rain chances appear fairly minimal. Bad news for those who, even at this time of year, depend on some precipitation and haven't gotten much of it the past 30 days or so. Any rain chances would likely be highest from Friday to early Saturday.
|Forecast rainfall for Thursday night through Saturday indicates very little precipitation expected across the Mid-South.|
|NOAA's temperature probability map for week 2 (Oct. 13-19) shows a high probability of above average temps for most of the nation.|
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