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Jose pulls away as late summer continues

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Good day to you, citizens of southeastern Vermont. Lucky for us, what has become Tropical Storm Jose (and what is functionally an extra-tropical mid-latitude cyclone) will only produce a few 20-30 mph wind gusts today (Wednesday) before pulling away to the south and east.

We can thank high pressure to our north for causing Jose to curve away from southern New England. We can also thank the cooler sea surface temperatures south of New England, along with proximate wind shear for causing Jose to weaken as it tracked north towards Nantucket.

With Jose going away, let’s turn to our sensible weather for the coming week, shall we?

For Wednesday, some brief wind gusts along with isolated showers will be possible as Jose makes its closest approach to southern New England. It should be a mostly cloudy day, with some sunny breaks possible late with highs in the low 70s and lows in the upper 50s to low 60s.

For Thursday and Friday, a cold front will move through the region, and allow high pressure to build back into southern Vermont. We should see a drop in dewpoint temperatures into the 50s for a couple of days, which should provide for more comfort in terms of humidity levels. Highs Thursday and Friday will be in the mid 70s with lows in the mid 50s. Expect sunny days and clear nights.

For Saturday, fair weather will continue to rule the roost with highs in the upper 70s and lows in the upper 50s as a southerly flow develops.

By Sunday into early next week, we will see a return of more humid conditions, with highs in the upper 70s to low 80s. This will create a late summer feel for sure!

Thereafter, we will be looking at a couple of main atmospheric setups to determine what we can expect by the middle of next week.

First, the remnants of Jose and Hurricane Maria may do a little dance with each other, and get entangled in a cyclonic orbit known as the Fujiwhara Effect. Hopefully, Jose dances west, which would kick Maria out to sea to the east. If the opposite happens, we may have to contend with Maria.

Secondly, it looks like by the end of the month we could step down more firmly into autumn, with below-normal temperatures. Until then, enjoy the last vestiges of summer.

Happy autumn to all! Have a great week!

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Originally published in The Commons issue #426 (Wednesday, September 20, 2017). This story appeared on page C4.

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