Blog: Labor Day, Back To School, and The Tropics!

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Overall, we will have some good weather for this Labor Day.  There will be some isolated showers and storms in the region this afternoon, but I don’t think there will be too much coverage.  High pressure is in the region. 

While high pressure is in place, we do have lots of humidity as well.  Dew points are in the 70s.  High temps will be in the upper 80s to near 90.  However, the heat index will be well in to the 90s.  This will still allow for some isolated showers and storms to form this afternoon despite the strong area of high pressure. 

This weather will continue through the week.  We’ll have high temps in the upper 80s to near 90.  The high humidity will continue as well.   It will feel like the 90s with the heat index each day.  This will be affecting the kids as they go back to school tomorrow.  The morning will be quiet, but it will be a hot and humid afternoon.  Other than a few afternoon showers and storms here and there, the weather this week looks pretty quiet.  At least over land.  However, things are firing up in the tropics. 

   We have two systems that we are watching now.  Tropical storm Florence has already been established.  It is in the eastern Atlantic, and it is steadily moving west/northwest.

The system has gained a little strength already.  It will steadily track to the west/northwest over the next few days.  It may go up-and-down in strength briefly, but it’s also possible that it could become a hurricane in the next few days. Here is the latest track:

This track goes out to Saturday.  After that point there is a lot of uncertainty in the path.  Some of the models do have it hitting the eastern U.S.  Some others have it staying way out to sea.  That will heavily depend on the synoptic weather over the U.S. through that time, and that could easily change.  So stay tuned for updates.  We’ll follow it closely through the week. 

Meanwhile Tropical Storm Gordon officially formed this morning over south Florida.  This system did bring some heavy rain to that area.  Now it will move over the warm water over the Gulf of Mexico.  It wll likely strengthen as it moves northwest.  It is forecast to stay as a tropical storm before making landfall, but it could easily strengthen into a hurricane.  Regardless of wind strength, it will likely bring some heavy rain and flooding to parts of the Gulf Coast.  This will probably happen between southeastern Louisiana and the Florida panhandle around mid-week.  Then the system will move inland and bring some beneficial rain to the central U.S. 

We’ll follow both of these developing systems over the next few days.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

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