Posted by Brent Cameron
Our mid-week weather could be considered mundane. Suddenly, the air has become much drier while wind speeds have dropped. Fact is, high pressure is back... and in complete control! That high pressure is also "deeply layered" (meaning that it is in place all the way from the surface to the upper atmosphere). When that happens, our air is often characterized as stable. Instead of rising air with developing clouds and storms, we find mainly clear skies with calm conditions.
Of course, our local sky landscapes aren't filled with bright sunshine as you might expect with this type of weather. Interestingly, there's a milky glow to our sky. The reason for that involves another episode of African Dust. More hazy days with filtered sunshine are likely as the week continues. It's due to the dust particles that are carried all the way across the ocean from the Sahara deserts in Africa! This particular dust event is incredibly widespread which is why it isn't going to just be a 1-day event.
The next potential weather change will take place during the upcoming weekend. Gradually, the haze will depart and the air will moisten back to more typical levels. By early next week, then, there will be sufficient moisture to bring (at least) scattered showers with storms. The overall pattern will have more rain and storms favoring locations that are well inland. Expect a basic air flow out of the southeast with plenty of humidity... along with typical heat.
As for the Tropics, there are no concern-areas at the present time. We'll need to keep tabs on a couple of easterly waves next week. Some of the longer range forecast models are starting to hint at possible development, but only if these features hold together for a very long time (while moving in the direction of the Lesser Antilles).