August's triumphant return

August's triumphant return

The recent September-like weather will wait until September to come back. Here comes August....again.
MEMPHIS -- ( Andy Burrell, one of our sports guys, just walked into the weather center and he looked beyond excited. I asked if it was because of his brand new Vancouver Grizzlies shirt he was sporting. He said “No but Sean, this isn’t summer, it’s incredible! However, I just know that it’s going to end soon…” Welp, my job is done. He’s absolutely right. For the last week or so we’ve had a steady wind from the east and northeast keeping clouds around, temperatures down and humidity manageable. The rest of Sunday will be fine. Expect a solid mix of sun and clouds through 9pm with only a brief shower or three. Tonight, skies will stay mostly clear allowing temperatures to drop into the upper 60s by Monday morning. As temperatures fall fog will form, some of it will be thick. It’ll likely cause issues for early morning drivers with low visibilities; grab a few extra minutes if you can. Fog will thin through mid Monday morning revealing more sun allowing highs to climb into the upper 80s. A ridge of high pressure will gradually take control for much of the week. The ridge does two things for us; it gets us hotter and keeps storm action limited both by sinking the air. When air sinks, it compresses and warms. Highs all week will be in the low and middle 90s with a heat index close to 100°; especially Thursday and Friday. Meanwhile, air has to go up for storms to form and with the ridge in place it simply can’t happen. That doesn’t mean it won’t storm at all, but coverage will stay isolated. It appears as if August will get at least one final push; September first is two weeks away.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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-Meteorologist Sean Parker

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