A Taste of Autumn?
You may have heard some of us mention the end of meteorological summer, which runs from July to August. After looking at the forecast, autumn seems like it may be making an early appearance across the central and northern U.S. For calendar purposes, the autumnal equinox takes place at 10:09 PM on September 22. Check out high temperatures across the central and northern plains today: FALL-LIKE 50s & 60s!Let’s get you up to speed on Category 1 Hurricane Earl, as he weakens, picks up the pace and plows into Nova Scotia this weekend. Earl continues a north-northeast trek this Friday morning, brushing the outer banks of North Carolina with sustained winds around 105 mph last night. Besides sporadic power outages and minor damage, Earl had more bark than bite along the North Carolina and Virginia coast. The most intense winds in a hurricane occur in the northeast quadrant, and that part of Earl remains well off shore. In his sight, Cape Cod, Massachusetts tonight and Nova Scotia during the day tomorrow. Places like Nantucket and all along Cape Cod are expected to see hurricane force winds for at least 3 or 4 hours tonight, which could cause considerable damage to the beautiful beach communities of southeastern Massachusetts.Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Fiona continues to churn up the Atlantic, and is expected to be near Bermuda by tomorrow morning. Fiona will quickly race off to the north-northeast, and could lose its tropical storm status by late Saturday as it weakens. Eyes will then turn toward the remnants of what was once Tropical Storm Gaston. This storm is forecast to move into a favorable area for re-development, and could once again become a tropical storm over the weekend. Right now, this remnant wave is sliding to the west at 5-10 mph. Another wave between the African coast and Cape Verde Islands has about a 20% chance of growing into a tropical cyclone next week.Meteorologist Bryan Karrick, WeatherNation LLC