Warm and dry weather pattern to continue. Katia forms in the Gulf of Mexico. Irma forecast shifts a little east.
Wednesday proved to be a dry and cooler day across the Arklatex. Temperatures struggled to make it into the upper 70s to low 80s. Expect much of the same Thursday. Lows Thursday morning will probably be the coolest of the week ahead as we will settle into the low to middle 50s. Those readings are the coolest that we have seen since May. Look for the sunshine to continue for the entire week ahead with only a mild warming trend. Overnight lows will gradually return to the low 60s. Daytime highs will gradually return to the mid to upper 80s. I don’t expect any rain through ALL of next week.
Tropical Storm Katia formed over the SW Gulf of Mexico earlier today. While this system is forecast to become a hurricane, don’t expect to hear much about it as it will move into the Mexican coast during the next few days. It will not impact the weather in the US.
The same cannot be said yet for Irma. Irma is still a category 5 storm and is forecast by NHC to slam into the east coast of Florida. It is quite possible that Irma stays to the east of the Florida peninsula and heads to the South Carolina coast. The good news for the Arklatex is that models have been trending more east. That means that the forecasted turn to the north is looking even more promising. If anything Irma may reinforce the quiet weather pattern for our area late next week.
Average High/Low: 91/69