Dreary conditions have been with us - with a few brief interruptions like last Wednesday when Columbus got up to 87º - for more than a week now. From all the clouds, drizzle, fog, and rain we haven't picked up all that much, about an inch of rain locally over the last week.
Of course, extreme rain is making headlines this weekend over a large part of the east coast, centered over South Carolina and well east and north of us. Flooding will continue, with the rain still not over in the Palmetto State - they already have had widespread 10" amounts with more to come today and Monday.
Here, we're about done with the rain other than some light showers or drizzle. The upper low responsible for much of this mess in the Southeast is finally on its way out. The toughest part of the forecast will be figuring out when the clouds will move out and dry, sunny weather can take over. One thing is certain: this complex and destructive weather system has finally brought our long-awaited changeover to fall weather. Temperatures on Friday stayed in the 60s all day, and maxed out at 71º on Saturday. We won't be going back to summer heat and humidity from here on out, at least not for more than a day or two.
But back to the sunshine. We'll have to wait until not only the upper low moves far enough out to sea, but something will have to kick out the low-level moisture, a tall order after all the rain and the moisture left behind by the system. Under normal circumstances the dry air would follow immediately behind the storm, but this is kind of an unusual case. Based on current data, it looks like we could see some clearing on Monday, but our best bet for sunny days will be Tuesday and beyond. Once we do clear out, we're in for a nice dry spell with low humidity and seasonable temperatures.
Get the final word on this from the First Alert weather team: Carmen Rose is covering Sunday, then I'll have updates Monday morning with Bob Jeswald giving you a fresh look later in the day.
Kurt Schmitz, Senior Meteorologist