The most visible impact on the weather today was the bright, but brief, thunderstorm. The very brief occurrence was due to a severe high pressure system that created a high wind and high pressure over the eastern Atlantic that was responsible for the low visibility as low as the low 70s over the continental USA. Other possible storm impacts include moderate to severe rain over the Appalachians.
For those in the Northern USA, these are very mild and mild winter days. Winter days were warm enough in the Midwest, Great Lakes and Great Entire Plains in late September to late October, but a few days may be warm enough in the West of the country. This is most likely, but the latest temperatures will depend on how much water it is absorbing and what areas it is draining. I have yet to actually get to the mountains this fall, but it will remain very warm from here until after the cold air settles. It’s all about how much they can drain. However, many places should see lows over 40 degrees. Today’s lows are above 30 degrees in the Northwest, above 25 in the Gulf Coast, above 20 in the West, and a nice low in the Deep South. The cold air has been taking hold for awhile across southern California. We’ll see this weather again in the West this weekend with a few isolated thunderstorms.
I was lucky to get up to see the new volcano during my weekend trip to the park. During the night I went to check the volcanic eruption. Sadly, it had not erupted yet. The eruption is what the park is known for. That should be nice soon.
The summit of the volcano is where most of the parking is reserved for the climbers. Once I’ve seen my friends on the top of the mountain, I’ll then move on. There is a small observation deck there that has large telescope mounted there. This new cave was discovered in the 1970s and was built up as a camping stop for the park climbers. It is a great spot to see more of the mountain.