Weather! Warm, dry start to the week

High pressure establishes itself in Irene’s wake, replacing the clouds and rain with abundant sunshine.

Hurricane Irene, no longer a hurricane (and, in fact, no longer even a tropical cyclone), is on its way across maritime Canada and towards northern Europe.

Now we’re just back to the regular weather. For the moment, anyways.

The tropics are still a bit noisy. Tropical Storm Jose, which formed in the wake of Irene, is north of Bermuda at the moment and is heading out to sea as well.

A tropical wave has recently emerged from the coast of Africa and looks to be our next tropical system. The National Hurricane Center currently gives the area a near 100% chance of development in the next 48 hours. If it forms, it will be either Tropical Depression Twelve or Tropical Storm Katia. It’s far too early to say exactly what will happen with this system, but it will require monitoring. We’ll take a closer look at this system if it continues to develop.

A brief aside here – each list of hurricane names is reused every 6 years. Names that have been retired are replaced with new ones. When this list was last used, the “K” name was Katrina.

High pressure has moved into the Great Lakes behind Irene’s passage, and that’s going to be our primary feature over the rest of this week. Both Monday and Tuesday will be quite similar, with partly to mostly sunny skies all day. Highs each day will be in the upper 80s, and lows each night will fall into the lower 60s.

If nothing else, it will be great weather for firing up the chainsaw and grilling all that food you’re trying to save in your fridge.

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Dan Goff is now a two-time former Richmonder, having departed the River City yet again in favor of southwest Virginia, where he is working on degrees in geography and meteorology at Virginia Tech. Have a question about the weather or weather-related phenomena?

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