Updated Mon 10/03 12:43 PM — Latest models continue to show periods of heavy rain through part of Wednesday. Total additional rain accumulation is coming in at 1.5-3” in the immediate PHL area with the upper range favored.
Posted Mon 8:56 AM —
Tropical systems and their remnants often change the weather pattern and such is the case with Ian, where we’ve gone from a near drought situation to over a month’s worth of rain in a few days.
Here’s the past 72 hour rain accumulation, according to the MRMS—
The current weather in the upper atmosphere is best captured by the satellite water vapor image—
An upper low, the remnants of what was Hurricane Ian, is to our west. It’s energy is being transferred to a secondary coastal low that will be slow to move.
Significant moisture in the system will be thrown back towards us over the next two-three days in the form of heavy rain.
Several models show several additional inches of rain possible in some areas on Tuesday, although the trend with some models is for the heaviest rain now to be to our west.
Last night’s models had the rain stopping for the immediate PHL area today. The 06z GFS continues with some rain for today, Monday, becoming heavy after midnight, with a soaking rain on Tuesday.
Many models have the system departing on Wednesday, but it may be slow to do so. Exact timing with such systems is tough. Stay tuned.
Updated Sun 10/02 11:12 PM —Tonight’s early models are showing the remnants of Ida have become a closed upper low that will meander near our area through late Tuesday. Monday may see a reduction of the rain from Philadelphia and westward, but rain rotates back in on Tuesday. The ECMWF is showing several inches of rain possible in some areas on Tuesday. I’ll be updating this interesting setup tomorrow
Update Sun 10/02 @ 8:42 AM — Fascinating convergence zone has developed over us—
Radar at 7 AM shows area of converging winds (Click on image for a larger view.)
Unfortunately, the Eagles game looks like it will be played in the rain (and wind.)
Updated Sat 10/01 10:41 PM — Tonight’s models are now forecasting that even Sunday morning will have some light drizzle or rain. Rain increases in coverage and intensity during the afternoon. It looks like a wet day at the Linc.
Update Sat 10/01 @ 4:07 PM — Today’s models suggest a dry period before noontime on Sunday, but additional rain will fill in between noon and 2 PM as upper disturbances rotate in around the upper low. The HRDPS captures this —
Forecast Review— We had the break in the rain mid to late morning, but the HRRR was overly optimistic forecasting breaks in the clouds.
Update Sat 10/01 @ 9:41 AM —We had some much needed rain last night. Here’s estimated accumulations according to the MRMS—
The models have the showers tapering off this morning. The latest HRRR even shows some breaks of sun around noon in a few areas—
The rest of the weekend will be influenced by the upper atmospheric remnant of Ida, currently in West Virginia
Areas of vorticity (eddy currents) will be rotating around the main mid-atmospheric low. These vorticities trigger the showers as the rotate through. Timing them can be difficult.
The next wave of significant showers rotates through here about 10 PM tonight. That break in the action Sunday afternoon as previously forecast, is looking less likely.
Updated Fri 9/30 10:42 PM —Tonight’s NAM-NEST and HRRR have some gusty winds (40mph) and thunderstorms possible about 5-7 AM Saturday morning. Then, just occasional scattered showers and dark clouds, windy.
Update Fri 09/30 @ 6:45 PM — Incredibly, the latest ECMWF still has a break in the rain for Sunday afternoon.
Posted Fri 5:49 PM —
The remnants of what was Hurricane Ida will affect our weather over the weekend. The main remnant of the storm will reside as a mid level low pressure circulation over West Virginia while a surface low spins up far off and east of the New Jersey coast.
The reason for the track of the Ian westward and the weekend near-stationery low pressure is a blocked weather pattern. This will break down only slowly, so unsettled weather will be with us through Monday.
After moderate to heavy rain later Friday night, scattered showers and on and off rain will be with us Saturday. Low dark clouds and somewhat windy conditions will make indoor activities the preferred choice.
High temperature 59.9º sd 3.5º NBM model Blue Bell, PA
The upper low in West Virginia will throw more clouds and rain towards us, so much of the same.
Several models that were showing a break in the rain Sunday afternoon have moved away from that forecast this afternoon. The NAM-NEST still shows relatively little rain in the city at 3 PM. The NBM shows more widespread on and off light rain in the afternoon.
High temperature 58.4º sd 3.0º NBM model, Blue Bell, PA
Update Fri 09/30 @ 8:55 AM —Updated the Tropical Storm Ian page with weekend outlook and change in timing and amount of rain.
Update Tue 09/27 @ 6:08 PM — (Updated Hurricane Ian page) We continue to be a northerly flow of dry air through Friday. We may begin to see some high clouds associated with Ian Friday.
The latest ECMWF shows some rain for us by Saturday afternoon from Ian.
Posted Mon 9:32 PM —
Our weather this week will be influenced by an upper air trough bringing continued cooler, temperatures. Current seasonal average highs are 70-72º. We’ll be seeing upper 60s over the next two days.
This corresponds to the current depiction of the NAEFS—
The remnants of Hurricane Ian will affect us later in the week and more likely, during the weekend. I’ll be following the models.
Current indications, based on the GFS, ECMWF and ICON models, suggest that the bulk of the rain associated with this storm will move just to our south late Saturday into Sunday. With hurricanes, anything can happen and changes are likely. Stay tuned