By Charles E. Roop
Aug. 19, 2014
The Big Bend and southern Georgia has been going through a dry spell, but nature might have another bone to throw at us. Temperatures across the area are expected to be above normal six to 14 days out, according to forecasts from the Climate Prediction Center.
What's behind their straight-from-hades forecast? A lot of it has to do with the changing patterns that are expected a week or more out. The dip in the jet stream that has been a regular occurrence for most of the summer in the eastern U.S. will change. The trough in the jet is expected to relocate to the western U.S. and leave the east in a ridge pattern. This pattern is expected bring above average temperatures.
Above average temperatures are expected even before this week is out. Guidance models are hinting at temperatures as much as 10 degrees above normal late in this work week. Highs are expected to be in the upper 90s and could even hit 100 in a few spots.
We have about a month before fall begins, but it seems mother nature will leave the oven on high before things begin to cool down.