If you like cloudy, rainy days, this weather pattern has certainly been for you. There's been no shortage of rain in Charlottesville for the past few days and here's a look at some of the soggy stats (through Tuesday, September 27):
The most recent stretch of rainy weather has been caused by a slow-moving upper level low. This system has been left behind by the jet stream, which guides weather makers across the country - generally from west to east. Sometimes, a system will detach from the jet stream winds and be left to sit and spin. With nothing to move it along, it can bring prolonged periods of cloudy and unsettled weather.
The forecast calls for this area of low pressure to gradually get absorbed back into the main flow, which will mean a brighter forecast for us - eventually. One more day of showery weather is possible on Wednesday, which would make ten consecutive days of wet weather. Beyond that, Thursday and Friday are looking sunnier, with much cooler air arriving for the weekend. Long range models indicate that the first week of October will be dry overall, giving us some much needed time to dry out!
What do you think of all the rainy weather? Too much of a good thing, or would you like to see even more?