HURRICANE GONZALO SLAMS BERMUDA… OUR WEEKEND LOOKS GREAT BUT A COLD FRONT WILL CROSS THE AREA BRINGING COOLER WEATHER ON SUNDAY… WE MAY SEE SOME SHOWERS TOWARDS MID-WEEK
Hurricane Gonzalo, which was the strongest hurricane in the Atlantic Basin since 2011, made a direct hit on Bermuda Friday night. I heard a report on the news that a peak wind gust of over 140 MPH occurred as the eye wall moved right over the tiny island. Power is out to most of the island. The category 2 storm is now moving away from Bermuda and conditions have rapidly improved. The only impact from this storm here in Hampton Roads was an increased rip current threat and larger swells than normal, around 4 feet. It was once a category 4 storm so Bermuda is a bit fortunate that it weakened somewhat. However, I read a report that the storm’s wind field expanded, which resulted in a longer period of hurricane force winds… Our weather this weekend will be nearly perfect. Saturday should turn out to be the warmest day as a cold front is going to move through the region later Saturday. It’s a relatively dry front so not much precipitation is expected. A brief sprinkle or shower cannot be ruled out Saturday evening. We will most likely stay dry until Tuesday as another frontal system will be approaching. There may be some showers by mid-week, but at this time, rain chances don’t seem to be that high. Speaking of rain, the frontal system that moved through our region last Wednesday did not bring that much rain to my neighborhood. Only a tenth of an inch of rain fell in my backyard. That’s it for now. Enjoy this beautiful fall weekend!