A Chill In The Air
There’s a definite fall-like feel to the air across the northern plains this morning, with temperatures dipping below freezing in big portions of North Dakota, bringing the official end of the growing season to the Peace Garden State. Residents of northern Minnesota woke up with scattered frost, as lows there dropped into the lower 30s. Our map to the right shows morning lows across the nation. Although we’re feeling a chill in parts of the country this last full weekend of summer, the heat doesn’t want to release its grip on other areas of the country. Highs across the southern plains and into the southern Ohio Valley are expected to soar into the 80s and 90s from today right through most of next week. Don’t put away those shorts & short-sleeves just yet!
All eyes on the Atlantic island of Bermuda are closely monitoring very large and powerful Hurricane Igor. Hurricane force winds actually extend nearly 104 miles out from the center of the storm! Although Igor dropped to a category 2 strength(110 mph wind)overnight, it’s forecast to regain category 3 status later today(125+ mph wind.) This storm is slowly wobbling to the northwest, and is expected to make a direct hit in Bermuda sometime late Sunday night or early Monday morning. Large swells have already started battering the coast of the island, and just outside their main reef, tides could approach 25-45 FEET as the hurricane moves overhead. The Bermuda Weather Service states, “that this storm will be a long and punishing one and the potential for injury and physical damage is great.” This storm is already being compared to devastating Hurricane Fabian(but is bigger size-wise)which hit the island in September of 2003, killing 8 and causing over $300-million dollars in damage. The director of Bermuda’s Weather Service states, “The current forecast is indeed for a direct hit on the island, the worst scenario in these situations.”
Elsewhere in the active tropics, Karl made landfall along the southern Mexican coast yesterday as a category 3 storm. Overnight, it dropped below tropical cyclone status, but continued to dump heavy rain in the mountains. This storm could actually re-form in the eastern Pacific next week sometime. Hurricane Julia also lost steam last night, and was downgraded to a tropical storm. Julia is forecast to slide into the north Atlantic and fall apart over the next few days. Another tropical wave near the Cape Verde Islands could gain tropical cyclone status next week, with a new wave pushing off the coast of Africa. Could we be looking at Lisa and Matthew, the next in what is becoming a long list of named storms in the Atlantic?
Stay tuned for the latest!
Meteorlogist Bryan Karrick, WeatherNation LLC