Discussion: Last night was just crazy. It rained like the Book of Genesis in NNJ/CNJ and the scariest NJ tornado imagery I’ve seen yet came out of SWNJ/WCNJ. SENJ was very lucky to not experience the funky tropical cyclone remnant energy that we’ve sort of gotten used to in the last few years. My thoughts and positive vibes are with those experiencing loss today. As someone who dealt with the destruction of Sandy in 2012, I have nothing but empathy and understanding for those who are waking up to loss today, either from the relentless flash flooding or the tornado that ripped through Mullica Hill. If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know!
For this Labor Day Weekend, we’re in the clear. Ida’s remnants are pulling away from the extreme NE US (New England) and high pressure should dominate the pattern. First we’ll see the driest and most pleasant weather Friday with N flow ahead of the approaching high. Then we’ll see an amazing late-summer day Saturday with high pressure overhead. Sunday we’ll reintroduce some humidity with the high’s return flow but then a front should push it out by Sunday evening. Expect some rain and thunderstorms along that front Sunday night which is the only time this weekend I see rain/storms. We’re then back to beautiful Monday before conditions moderate towards seasonably average next week. I’m actually seeing an even stronger cold front Wednesday night into Tuesday which would setup another gorgeous Thursday-into the weekend scenario for next weekend.
Friday (Sept 3) high temperatures should range from low-to-mid 70s for most areas. Skies should be mostly sunny with a dry and pleasant feel. Winds should be light out of the N/NW. Overnight lows should range from lower-50s to lower-60s from elevations to coasts.
Saturday (Sept 4) high temperatures should reach the mid-to-upper 70s for most areas. Skies should be mostly sunny. Winds should be light out of the W/NW. Overnight lows should range from near-60 to near-70 from elevations to coasts.
Sunday (Sept 5) high temperatures should max out again in the 70s for most areas. Perhaps a few spots flirt with reaching the low-80s. Skies should be mixed with sun and clouds with isolated-to-scattered thunderstorms possible during afternoon/evening hours. Winds should be light-to-breezy out of the S/SW. Overnight lows should range from near-60 to near-70 from elevations to coasts.
Monday (Sept 6 – Labor Day) high temperatures should reach near-80 for most areas. Skies should be mostly sunny. Winds should be light out of the W/SW. Overnight lows should range from near-60 to near-70 from elevations to coasts.
An early look at next week indicates temperatures not too hot (upper-70s/lower-80s) during the day with cooler nights (50s and 60s). We should see a little humidity trickle back in but nothing crazy like how it’s been. Afternoon pop-ups are possible but I’m not seeing anything widespread or crazy. Coastal regions should be the warmest day and night compared to all other NJ areas away from the annual warmest ocean temperatures. Have a great weekend and please be safe! JC