Persistent Pattern

A slow-moving area of low pressure will keep rain showers and storms in the forecast for most of the work week.

Every now and then it seems like we get stuck in a weather pattern that can be hard to shake. That's exactly what's happened here over the past few days, as a sluggish area of low pressure has been plaguing most of the eastern seaboard. Here's the scientific explanation of what's happening and what you can expect in the days to come.

An area of low pressure has basically become removed from the upper-level steering winds. That means there's nothing to really move it along, with means it has nothing to do but sit and spin for several days. In fact, Tuesday and into Wednesday, the low may actually move toward the west, which isn't the way things typically move here in this part of the world. Due to it's slow-moving nature, showers and storms will remain in the forecast on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and possibly even into Friday afternoon! A few of the storms could be strong from time to time, with the main threats being gusty winds and small hail. We may also have to consider the possibility of a flooding threat, with repeated heavy rains falling on top of increasingly saturated ground. The silver lining is that the weather pattern will begin to switch around for the weekend, meaning a return to sunshine and temperatures near 80 degrees!

Until then, keep the umbrellas at the ready...


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