Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Summer draws to a close, but warm weather continues

Fall officially begins Wednesday morning at 3:22am CDT!

The last days of summer have been warm, though we've had some nice mornings and not unpleasant afternoons thanks to lower humidity typical of September. Unfortunately, Mother Nature won't necessarily recognize the official start of fall with cooler temperatures. Temperatures will remain in the mid to upper 80s for highs and 60s for lows as humidity increases a bit heading towards the weekend.

A weak upper-level disturbance will retrograde (move from east to west, Crazy Ivan-style) into the area this weekend. While it will bring an increase in cloud cover, rain chances will remain minimal. A low, 10-20% chance of rain could be introduced into the forecast as we get closer to the weekend if computer models become more consistent in their depiction of light rain. Right now, they simply aren't consistent, neither between models or from one run to another. In all likelihood, most of you will not see any rain through the early part of next week.

For those heading to Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium to see the 3-0 Memphis Tigers take on conference rival Cincinnati Thursday evening, weather will cooperate. Temperatures will be in the lower to mid 80s at kickoff and fall into the 70s by the end of the game with only high clouds scattered over the city. Weather should be no reason to not have a packed house at the Liberty Bowl! Go Tigers!

Also, this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday is the now-annual Memphis Airshow at Millington Regional Jetport. The USAF Thunderbirds and many other aviation deminstrations will take to the sky with a mostly dry forecast it appears, though high clouds could cover the area, which could keep heat (and sunburns - but not afterburners) under control! Temperatures will reach the mid 80s in the afternoons. It'll be a great weekend for flying!

Of course when you're out and about, be sure to take the MWN mobile app with you! You'll be able to monitor radar, check the forecast, and keep up with our updates on Twitter from the convenience of your iPhone or Android device. Download links are below.

Erik Proseus
MWN Meteorologist

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