Meteorological Fall Begins
Hello and happy Wednesday everyone and welcome to meteorological fall, marking the date at which the 3 warmest months, on average, are now over in the northern hemisphere. We are now only 3 short weeks away, to the day, from the Autumnal Equinox. This is when the sun’s most direct rays pass over the equator. Get this; Barrow, Alaska is losing 10 to 11 minutes of daylight each day now… Don’t know where Barrow, Alaska is? It is the northern most city in the United States, which lies north of the Arctic Circle.
All eyes are on EARL as he tracks ever closer to the United States. Current MANDATORY evacuations are in place for Hatteras Island, North Carolina VISITORS – IMMEDIATELY. The 11AM EDT update had Hurricane EARL as a major category 3 hurricane with sustained winds around 125mph and gusts near 150mph! Hurricane watches and warnings are in place along the eastern seaboard, where hurricane force winds are expected to persist for several hours late Thursday and Friday.
Thousands Flee the North Carolina Coast
Here’s a story from MSNBC about visitors/residents fleeing the North Carolina coast – read more here:
Along with the strong winds and the storm surge, heavy rain is also expected. See the HPC (Hydrological Prediction Center) 2 day QPF (Quantitative Precipitation Forecast) outlook below. It appears the heaviest rain will stay just off shore, but 1″ to 3″ is possible along Cape Hatteras and places along the the Mid-Atlantic Coast.
Do you know what to do when a hurricane threatens? Read more about it here from NOAA
Stay safe out there and enjoy the rest of your Wednesday.
Meteorologist Todd Nelson – WeatherNation LLC