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An enhanced threat for severe weather across parts of the Northeast. Critically dry conditions in the Great Basin and into Wyoming make for dangerous fire weather. We get a taste of fall this weekend as much of the country experiences cooler temperatures. Welcome to the Friday edition of your WeatherOptic’s Morning Briefing. Let’s jump right in. Severe Storm Threat in Northeast As a shortwave trough continues to make its way across the country today, the associated surface low brings with it the possibility for severe, and possibly tornado-related, activity. This cyclone, currently making its way across Lake Superior, is dragging with it a cold front that extends from the Great Lakes all the way to Missouri and Kansas. This cyclone will move northeast throughout the day, as the cold front swings with it across much of the Eastern US. Convective storms are expected to form just ahead and along this…

Summer can’t stop holding on, bringing excessive heat across the country. A low pressure system from the west will work to relieve some of this unbearable heat, but not before it causes storm development across the Midwest and the northern and central Plains, which could lead to heavy rainfall and possible flooding. The tropics finally settle down after the Atlantic basin essentially exploded with activity, but there could be a potential for a resurgence late this month/early October. Welcome to the Wednesday edition of your Morning Briefing, whereย weโ€™ll give you a mid-week rundown on everything weather-related. Unbeatable Summer Heat: A long-wave ridge spans across almost the entire US today, bringing with it grueling heat and keeping us stuck in what feels like endless summer. A shortwave trough making its way east from the west coast will provide relief, but not until later in the week for most affected regions. Southern…

After absolutely devastating the Carolinas, what was once Hurricane Florence has made its way north, bringing with it the last of its extreme moisture. As this system moves across the Northeast today, flash flooding from heavy rainfall will threaten Southern New England. Post-tropical cyclone Florence has remained intact, even after it’s been forced north by a strong high pressure aloft over the Atlantic. An entrance in the jet has allowed this system to be taken northeastward, and it is now finally moving back out to the Atlantic as it continues to weaken. However, that’s not before it delivers one final punch. Yesterday, we saw instability across Virginia lead to tornado-producing storms. A damaging EF-2 tornado was confirmed yesterday afternoon around 3pm near Richmond, VA, killing one person and injuring others caught in collapsing buildings in the tornado’s path. Thankfully, these severe weather threats ended last night around 6pm, however there…