Endless sleep on Sunday and storm chasing Monday = A late What to Watch Fore(cast). I’ll be sure to make it up with many, many pictures. Hopefully some will be awesome. Also, I’ll badger Jason until he puts some of his pictures up here.
Another coastal storm in the East – A low pressure system will hang off the East Coast during the second half of the work week, keeping conditions somewhat cool and cloudy.
Work-week heat in the West – A ridge of high pressure will bring above normal temperatures to most of the West Tuesday through Friday.
Rain in the Southeast – A weakening system will bring isolated showers and thunderstorms into the Southeast Tuesday through early Thursday.
What’s Hurricane Paula doing? – Paula will likely stay in the Caribbean through the work week, and there is a low chance that it could make a break for the South Florida Coast before a front pulls it to the east later on.
An upper level trough will dig into the Mid-Atlantic around Wednesday and stall just off the East Coast, allowing for coastal development that could linger in the northern Mid-Atlantic and Northeast through the first half of the weekend. Underneath and behind it, cloudy conditions and northwesterly winds will keep things rather cool in the East.
An area of high pressure will be building into the West through mid-week before weakening and shifting eastwards towards the end of the work week. By Sunday, this ridge will work into the Southern Plains and Southeast, bringing northerly winds and below normal temperatures into the Midwest and Southeast at the start of next week.
Before the ridge can move into the Southeast, a stubborn cut-off low over the South will slowly work its way over the Southeast before weakening and getting pushed out by a cold front which will push through the Southeast on Thursday. There won’t be much precipitation with this system, but the drought-stricken Southeast could use every drop they can get.
Hurricane (microcane?) Paula is holding in the Western Caribbean as it gains category 2 status. This slow-moving tropical system will get scooped up by the cold front that’s passing through the Southeast and should lift out into the Atlantic early next week. There is little chance that the eye will make U.S. landfall, but Southern Florida will be monitored for a potential landfall.