Three more dry days in our forecast: today, tomorrow and Sunday. Strong high pressure is in control and we will see south winds develop on the backside of that high for the weekend, taking temps up from the coolness we feel this morning. There is no change in our short term thoughts.
Our next system remains pegged for early next week. Scattered showers and thunderstorms develop from Monday midday through Wednesday midday. The combined totals will be .25”-1.5” with coverage of 80% of the state through Wednesday. Timing will be scattered, but this will be a good rain for many areas. The map above shows cumulative rain totals through next Wednesday evening.
We continue to call for a mostly dry Thursday and Friday period next week. However, last night, the European model decided to take the remains of Hurricane Harvey farther north. That model has 1-4 inch rains over central and southern Indiana for next Thursday into early Friday. We are not changing our forecast this morning. WE still think this storm will pass by to the south, keeping heavy rain south of the OH River across KY and TN. But, we will watch model runs through the weekend closely to see if any other projections start to lift the storm track farther north. For now we stay dry in our forecast.
Dry weather is in for the entire Labor Day holiday weekend, no matter what track Harvey takes. We should see sunshine and blue sky from next Friday right on through Labor Day.
We are keeping the timing the same for the front in the extended period. Rains develop along a cold front for the 5th and those rains linger through the 7th. Rain totals over the 3-day period are .25”-1.25” over 90% of the state. As we stated yesterday, this should be a very useable rain for all parts of the state. Behind the front, the rest of the extended period looks a little cooler, with temps slightly below normal for the 8th, 9th and 10th.