Fall Color Feast, Severe Storms Threaten and Miriam Drifts North
Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
Thanks to my good friend Courtney DeClercq for this picture out of Minnesota. Fall colors are REALLY starting to rear their heads. Don’t forget to get out, snap a few shots and send us your pictures!
My Leafy Lunch Break
Here are some of the pictures I captured during my lunch break earlier Tuesday!
From Fall to Winter?
How about this… folks in the high elevations of the Intermountain West are waking up to a little snow! Ski resorts in Utah are boasting a coating of snow overnight.
Soggy in the Rockies
An upper level low pressure system will continue to slowly work east and almost stall over the Colorado Rockies through the middle and end of the week. The result will be several days of cool, soggy weather with lower elevation rain/thunder showers and high elevation snow showers.
Nice 3 day rainfall forecasts in the ‘somewhat substantial’ category across a narrow swath through the central part of the country over the next several days. Keep in mind that these are areas dealing with significant drought!
Severe Chances Today
Warm temperatures and high dew points may aid in strong to severe thunderstorm chances today across parts of the central part of the country. Hail and high winds are the biggest threat along with heavy rain in the areas shaded in yellow below.
An early satellite animation of Miriam in the Eastern Pacific showed some weakening from yesterday’s satellite loop. Yesterday, Miriam was a category 3 storm. As of AM Tuesday, Miriam was a category 2 storm.
DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK – AT 200 AM PDT…0900 UTC…THE CENTER OF HURRICANE MIRIAM WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 18.7 NORTH…LONGITUDE 114.3 WEST. MIRIAM IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHWEST NEAR 6 MPH…9 KM/H. A GRADUAL TURN TO THE NORTH-NORTHWEST IS EXPECTED LATER TODAY…FOLLOWED BY A TURN TO THE NORTH ON WEDNESDAY. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 105 MPH…165 KM/H…WITH HIGHER GUSTS. MIRIAM IS A CATEGORY TWO HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON SCALE. SLOW WEAKENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS. HURRICANE-FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 30 MILES…45 KM…FROM THE CENTER…AND TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 115 MILES…185 KM. REPORTS MORE THAN 3 HOURS AGO INDICATE WIND GUSTS WELL ABOVE HURRICANE FORCE HAD BEEN OCCURRING ON CLARION ISLAND. THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 968 MB…28.59 INCHES.
The forecast track on Miriam is to the NNE over the next several days, diminishing as it does. There is a possibility that some of this moisture will make it into the Lower 48 as enhanced shower/storm chances across parts of the Desert Southwest/Southern Plains into late weekend/early next week.
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