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September 7th, 2008

HANNA’S GONE SO NOW ATTENTION TURNS TO IKE… WILL IKE MOVE OVER CUBA AND WEAKEN OR WILL IT GO THROUGH THE FLORIDA STRAITS INTO THE GULF UNSCATHED?… A COLD FRONT MAY BRING SOME RAIN ON TUESDAY

Hanna is gone now so now forecasters are turning their attention to Hurricane Ike, which is a category 4 storm with winds of 135 MPH at the time of this writing. Hurricane Ike has been following a rather unusual track heading just south of due west the past few days. As the high to its north is supposed to weaken, Ike is expected to turn W-NW or NW eventually. The question is… When will that happen? If it happens today (Sunday) the storm could miss Cuba and then head towards the Florida Straits and then into the Gulf having a major impact on the Florida Keys. The storm may eventually affect the Gulf Coast, which is bad news for the areas affected by Gustav. Can you imagine another evacuation of New Orleans? After that, the remnants may actually head our way or just west of here.

I picked up 1.40 inches of rain from Hanna which includes the half inch that fell on Friday. When the tropical air arrived Friday afternoon, it caused a band of heavy rain to form which moved through nearly the entire area. Dew points jumped from the low 70’s to around 80 after that rain moved through. I’m very glad that we had that rain on Friday since we did not do that well from the actual tropical storm.

A cold front may bring some showers and thunderstorms on Tuesday. Then, the front is expected to stall just south of here on Wednesday. Cloudy and cooler weather is expected on Wednesday.

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