Once again, the storm moved quicker than we thought. Like Saturday, Sunday’s storm was moving at a faster pace than expected. This time, it brought the rain in quicker. We thought this rain would hold off until Sunday evening, but it obviously overspread the state earlier in the afternoon.
Expect rounds of rain and some thunderstorms Sunday and Monday as the storm system crosses through the Mid-Atlantic. That will keep the cool air trapped in. Highs will probably only top out in the upper 70s Monday afternoon. The center of the storm will head out to sea Tuesday, while the trailing stalled front lingers over us. There will be more sunshine, but a few showers or thunderstorms are still possible until that stalled front moves out to sea Wednesday. Temperatures will start to creep up after Monday, while remaining below the average of 85 degrees.
High pressure will return with drier air for the second half of the week. Warmer air will also return with the high.
In the tropics, Helene is no longer being classified by the National Hurricane Center. However, moisture from Helene is getting drawn up into the southern part of the U.S. – enhancing rain and thunderstorms.
Gordon is still a hurricane churning over the Eastern Atlantic. It has come back down to a category 1 with winds of 85 mph. Gordon will weaken over the next couple of days, while heading toward the Canary Islands and maybe Portugal.
There is another tropical wave that might become a bigger deal the next few days. It is still way out in the eastern Atlantic, moving off to the west and trying to get organized. With nothing to really interfere over that area, it looks like this will likely become Isaac. Forecast models range on where exactly this storm will go, but they do strengthen it and take it to the east. We will keep you updated on this.