Welcome to fall, again… We have a few interesting tidbits to shed some light on…
NHC has designated Ophilia a hurricane. It’s forecast to safely miss the US. as of this writing it’s moving NNW at 10 knots and it’s packing 100kt sustained winds with gusts up to 120kt and a Tropical storm warning is in effect for Bermuda. Official forecast and models brings the storm due east of the island by 8pm Eastern time on the 1st.
In our neck of the woods we’re going to see our first dip of the mercury below 50 degrees for this season. should be in the upper 40s tomorrow morning.
Fall is definitely in full swing as the annual change of colors is in full swing up north and I’ve even seen a maple tree here turn yellowish brown leaves out.
The weather has been perfect for the past few days, and it’s going to get better over the next few days… and the models show good weather for at least the next week. It’s a great time to live in paradise.
If you’re out and about in the local area, check out the Destin Seafood Festival (in Destin, Florida).
Back in the saddle and it’s been a busy summer… Daniel and Holli moved, Nan and I took an awesome vacation in the Smokies, and I spent a good portion of the summer in Omaha.
So today was the last summer. The Autumnal Equinox occurs at 0904 UTC (about 4:04AM Central) on Friday September 23rd. So far the hurricane season has been somewhat quiet for the US, There have only been 3 hurricanes… Irene hit North Carolina and terrorized the Northeast. Katia and Maria missed land all together. We also had Tropical Storm Lee landfall on the Louisiana coast and move north into Ohio and dump a lot of rain in the northeast. The bad thing is that hurricane season runs for a few more months, the good thing is we’re past the peak and the storms have not been as strong as previous years… which is good news, but the flooding in the northeast isn’t good, it’ll take months to years to get things back to normal up there.
Looks like the weather is going to turn to crap tonight. A depression formed overnight and radar out of Tallahassee RADAR shows 40MPH storm as of this morning… so, Claudette has formed. There are two other storms out there, Ana, which is near the windward islands, and Bill which is way out there… For now my eyes are on Claudette, a wimpy storm at best, but I’m watching Ana with interest as if she MISSES Hispaniola, will likely stay pretty strong, all dependant on the track. Here’s the latest graphic out of the NWS:
Claudette is labeled as Tropical Depression Four in this graphic.