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National Weather - September 29 (9pm)


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Month to end on a quiet note

9:04 P.M. ET 9/29/2004


John Desjardins, Senior Meteorologist, The Weather Channel




The remnants of once-powerful Hurricane Jeanne moved off the Northeast coast Wednesday morning. The lone vestige of the storm will be occasional gusty winds across Southern New England, which will continue to diminish through the overnight hours. Partly cloudy skies will return to most of New England on Thursday. An upper-level disturbance spread clouds over the Mid-Atlantic on Wednesday and this pesky feature will linger on Thursday. As moisture gets pulled in from the Atlantic, showers will develop across eastern Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Look for showers to move into New Jersey and the New York City metro area during the afternoon. The good news is that this shower activity is expected to be light. Highs on Thursday will be in the 60s, with 70s more widespread south of the Mason-Dixon Line.



Abundant sunshine will continue across most of the South on Thursday. Scattered thunderstorms will straggle across the Florida Peninsula. Also, in western Texas, afternoon thunderstorms are expected to develop as a piece of an upper-level trough ejects from the Southwest. Isolated severe thunderstorms are possible, with large hail and damaging wind a possibility. Highs will generally be in the 80s region wide. Look for cooler 70s across the Tennessee Valley, while the mercury climbs into the 90s in South Texas.



A trough across the Southwestern U.S. will cause another unsettled day across the region on Thursday. Once again, showers and thunderstorms will be widespread across the southern and central Rockies. Portions of New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah saw severe weather Wednesday afternoon. While showers and storms are still in the forecast for Thursday, the severe threat will push eastward into the southern Plains. By late in the day, a cold front will begin to dip into Montana. Light showers are possible ahead of this front. After some morning clouds along the coast, you can expect abundant sunshine from Washington southward through California. High temperatures in these areas will be in the 70s, with some 80s. Look for 90s in the Southwest deserts. Cooler highs in the 50s and 60s will linger across the Rockies. A noticeable cool-down will move into the High Plains for Friday.



Big changes are in store for the Plains and Midwest in the days ahead. Wednesday saw plentiful sunshine with highs in the 70s from Missouri and Kansas into the Dakotas. The sunny skies you saw across the Mississippi and Ohio River Valleys will last for at least one more day on Thursday. But a strong cold front will blow through the region by the weekend. A few showers are possible across the northern Plains on Thursday, but showers and thunderstorms will be more numerous on Friday and push into the Lower Midwest on Saturday. High temperatures across the High Plains on Friday will struggle to get out of the 40s, with 50s and low 60s becoming more widespread across the remainder of the region through the weekend.

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