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Thursday's shortwave...

Josh Larson @ 1:38 AM

Though today won't be a bad weather day, a pesky shortwave (or vorticity max) of energy, thanks to a dip in the jet stream over the Northeast, will provide significant cloud cover along with the chance for scattered light rain or sprinkles.

Precipitation is more likely during the first half of the day (when skies will be mostly cloudy to overcast) than during the second half (when skies will be mostly cloudy to partly sunny).

Temperatures, however, will be almost exactly where they should be for this time of year. Expect highs in the mid 70s and lows in the low to mid 50s. Skies should become partly to mostly clear by the overnight hours.

Let's take a look at how today's weather will compare to average weather on this date, as well as weather on this date over the past four years:

September 30 AVG: 76/54
September 30, 2003: 66/49 (dry)
September 30, 2002: 76/65 (dry)
September 30, 2001: 62/50 (shower)
September 20, 2000: 68/48 (dry)

So, shortwave and all, temperatures will actually be closer to average today than on this date during any of the past four years.

And October will start with delightful weather: For Friday I expect abundant sunshine and highs in the mid 70s once again, with lows in the mid to upper 50s.

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