It's going to be getting warmer over the next several days. A ridge of high pressure will begin building in the eastern half of the nation and that should put us near or above 90 degrees for most of the end of August and the start of September. Summer's not done... yet.
Storm chances aren't huge through this time period, but they're there. An upper-level disturbance coming out of the Gulf of Mexico merges with one moving through the Midwest on Saturday and that should generate at least a few scattered storms for us by Sunday (see NAM model to the right), if not a few isolated storms before that on Saturday. At any rate, I'd say most folks stay dry over the weekend, which is great if you're planning on heading out to the last gasp of the Kentucky State Fair!
Tropical Storm Erika is certainly grabbing headlines and is churns toward the Greater Antilles chain of islands. The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center takes it through the Bahamas and toward the Atlantic coast of Florida by the end of the weekend. It's something to track over the next few days for sure, but not worthy of panic at all. The forecast track will be adjusted over the next few days. A stronger storm would mean more of a recurvature up the Atlantic coast while a weaker storm would tend to drift west toward Florida and the Gulf. Given the upper-air pattern, the curve up the Atlantic coast seems more likely. Questions about its strength continue as well since a track over Hispaniola would take it over 10,000 ft mountain peaks that would act to rip the storm apart. We'll see how this goes.
We're 25 days away from the start of fall! I've already had some questions about when we'll begin to see the leaves change color and at this point we're still quite a few weeks out. Some of the yellows and oranges you see along the side of the road now are due to the dry air we've had recently. Our fall foliage peak in northern counties occurs in mid October while the rest of us get in on the peak color during the late October period. Enjoy the rest of summer while it lasts!