An Active Friday?
TGIF! If you’re working toward the weekend and hoping for some decent weather for your outdoor activities, most of you will be happy. Unfortunately, a cold front will bring thunderstorm chances for the first half of the weekend across the Ohio Valley and the southeast, then the second half across the eastern seaboard and mid-Atlantic. Speaking of thunderstorm chances, local Friday night football games across Minnesota, parts of Iowa, Kansas and Missouri will be dealing with possible delays due to scattered thunderstorms. A slight chance for some severe storms exists along the Kansas Turnpike later this afternoon, with damaging wind, large hail & even a couple isolated tornadoes.
In the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Igor is moving across a favorable area for further strengthening. As it moves westward across the warm waters of the central Atlantic, it could gain hurricane status by Sunday night or early Monday morning. Those of you with interests in the northern Leeward Islands may want to keep an eye on this one. Another area of disturbed weather pushing off the coast of Africa near the Cape Verde Islands could eventually become a tropical cyclone, possibly a named storm(Julia) by next week. The National Hurricane Center is also watching an area of disturbed weather just off the coast of Venezuela. At this point, it stands a 40% chance of becoming a tropical cyclone and is also in a favorable zone for further strengthening.Are you looking for a little green thumb action this weekend? It’s a great time of year to plant mums, and a wide variety of colors and textures could give you a nice display for years to come if you plant now. But Mums aren’t the only flowers that thrive on our cooler conditions during the fall months. Check out Aster, Toad Lily, fall blooming Crocus, colorful Helenium, or even the hardy Sedum. What a great way to bring in the fall season, in combination with our autumn tree colors!Happy planting!
Meteorologist Bryan Karrick, WeatherNation LLC