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A very stagnant and gray weather pattern for the next week

Here's a look at the satellite from today. Made for plenty of gray skies for many of us.

The area of low pressure responsible for these clouds is not in any hurry meaning we may be stuck with more clouds than sun through the weekend and even on into next week. By later this weekend this cut off low pressure may even be able to produce a few showers in the region.

So why is this low pressure cut off and what does that mean for our weather? Well, it's happening because the low pressure is considered "cut off." This happens several times a year. It occurs when low pressure systems moving across the country get cut off from the jet stream up at upper levels. The jet stream is basically our weather conveyor belt, which delivers us the weather systems that bring us precipitation.

Now because the jet stream is way up in Canada, this low pressure has nothing to move it along. Just above is the forecast for the jet stream, and you can easily see how the low is well removed from the jet stream. So it's just going to kind of park itself and meander in our part of the country bringing with it clouds, cool temperatures, and a chance at some showers later this weekend onto the first part of next week. Finally, the jet stream will dip down and push out this cut off low and send it on its way this upcoming Wednesday. Until then a the first few days of fall will be very fall-like.


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