As the Royals and Giants move on to Game 5...no, this isn't about the World Series! We're talking about this week's weather!
On Sunday we narrowly missed a record high temperature in Columbus, believe it or not. Our high of 86º was just two degrees shy of the record 88 set four years ago. On Monday, the record for October 27 is 89, and we could make a run at that one, though I think we'll again be just short.
So, you say, what's the deal? I thought we were done with this unseasonable heat! But think back to last week when it felt so nice and cool - if you caught my forecasts on WRBL (or Bob Jeswald's or David Reese's) we explained how the high pressure area - of Canadian origin and initially quite cool - would warm up from the October sun and underneath a building upper ridge. This warming trend was pretty well anticipated.
Upper ridge over Southeast bringing near record warmth
Ahead lie the last few days of October, finishing the week with Halloween, and our forecasts are now calling for yet another big reversal. One cold front will move in Wednesday, which will bring temperatures back to near normal for a couple of days. Then a follow-up front will reinforce the cool air in a big way on Friday, sending temperatures plummeting Halloween night and Saturday. By Saturday and Sunday we'll be lucky to get out of the 60s despite full sun, and lows could well touch the 40º mark, cooler than we've been so far this fall. The timing on this sequence of events is a bit uncertain at this time range, but we have all week to tweak the forecasts.
Columbus still hasn't seen any rain since the October 14 deluge, and there have been only two days this month with measurable rain. We do have a shot at some showers on Wednesday along the front, but right now the chance looks slim and amounts would be light if any. Forecast highs for Saturday
Such big swings in temperatures are not unusual as we work our way through fall toward the cool, wet winter season. In fact, I'm sure we can all remember trick or treating in shorts some years and heavy coats in others. What will it be this year? Check back in this week as we fine tune the forecast!