This Sunday will be the last of the sunny and warm days that we’ve been having. The jet stream is moving to a zonal flow and will start to bring a series of storms to create an active weather pattern this week. Clouds will begin moving in on Monday afternoon. Along with the cloud coverage will come slightly cooler temperatures. We will finally start seeing temperatures that are closer to our averages for this time of the year. All last week, we were seeing highs that were closer to our record highs. A series of cold fronts will continue issuing cooler air and cloud coverage during the week.
Unfortunately, the models are showing these storms are going to be breaking up before entering the area. What was once thought to be an active week for rain will most likely turn out only clouds in the area. The best chance for rain will be in the Basin and the mountain areas overnight on Thursday. High pressure will be breaking these storms up and will keep them unimpressive. We’ll continue to monitor these systems as they approach our area.
Don’t forget about the total lunar eclipse scheduled for late Monday night and early Tuesday morning. North America has the prime viewing location for this one and it will be magnificent. Unfortunately, clouds will move in during the day Monday, but the system is tracking to the north so we don’t expect as many clouds as previously thought. It’s a little early to tell exactly where the clouds will line up but we’ll keep you updated as the time gets closer. The entire event begins at 9:53 p.m. Monday night. The West Coast will be able to view the eclipse darkening starting at 10:57 p.m. on Monday night. This will be the ”partial” stage where the shadow will start to become visible. The total phase (darkest stage) will occur between 12:06 a.m. and 1:24 a.m. on Tuesday, with the midpoint occurring at 12:45 a.m. The entire eclipse will end at about 2:33 a.m.
Thanks for Logging on and enjoy your weekend!
Meteorologist Seth Phillips