Rain, Snow on both Coasts
What a glorious November day for much of the country! The sky is clear and the air is comfortable from the central Rockies to the Southeast. Spots with gloomy weather will be in the Northwest, Northeast and southern Florida. A strong storm is sitting in the Gulf of Alaska right now and this will swing down a potent cold from into the Pacific Northwest tomorrow. Rain will become steadier and the wind will become more pronounced through tomorrow. The Cascades and Northern Rockies will pick up a few inches of snow as well. The central U.S is getting spared of any precipitation because high pressure is deflecting any westward moving storms into central Canada. Eventually, rain will move into the Upper Midwest Monday as this blocking high pressure moves east.
Wind and wet weather will develop across New England tonight as a coastal low picks up speed, taps into Atlantic moisture and strengthens off the coast. Nova Scotia will bear the brunt of this storm and southern New England will get clipped with rain, snow and wind. Sunnier and warmer weather returns for the weekend!
Isolated rain and thunderstorms will skirt by southeastern Florida throughout the day. A brisk east wind will kick up high surf and dangerous rip currents along eastern Florida this weekend. Swimmers be on alert!
The 9th tropical storm of the hurricane season developed this morning. Hurricane Ida started as a tropical storm this morning and strengthened into a hurricane with peak winds of 75 mph shortly before moving onshore Nicaragua. Heavy rain with the potential for life-threatening mudslides and floods will plague Nicaragua and Honduras the next few days. Ida is forecast to weaken as she moves over land and eventually emerge in the northwest Caribbean by Sunday. There is a great deal of forecast uncertainty with Hurricane Ida. Ida is forecast to weaken to a depression over land but strengthen again to tropical storm status once emerging into the open waters of the western Caribbean.
The 2009 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially ends November 30th.