Archive for September 13, 2008

HURRICANE IKE SLAMS THE TEXAS COAST… HEAT AND HUMIDITY RETURN TO HAMPTON ROADS… THE TROPICS STILL HAVE TO BE WATCHED FOR DEVELOPMENT

Hurricane Ike is now inland and will weaken as it moves northward. The Houston and Galveston area took a direct hit from this monstrous category two storm. Initial reports show incredible flooding from storm surge as the shear size of this storm enabled it to muster up a huge surge of water well out ahead of the actual center. Parts of Galveston were flooded as early as Friday afternoon despite the center of the storm being over a hundred miles offshore. Houston’s tall buildings sustained damage from the strong winds. Remember, as you go up in altitude, the winds increase substantially. Heavy rain will cause significant flooding in some inland areas. Ike’s remnants will likely move around the periphery of a high pressure area that will be centered close to our area over the next few days. That will take the remants up into the Ohio Valley and then eventually the Northeastern states and Eastern Canada.  The aformentioned high pressure area will bring us some late summer heat and humidity. Record breaking temperatures are possible on Sunday. Then, a cold front will move into the region on Tuesday which should bring some thunderstorms. After the frontal passage, we will see a change to cooler conditions as the winds turn east or northeast. As high pressure moves offshore, conditions may become conducive for tropical cyclone development in the Western Atlantic later next week so stay tuned.  I’ll have another update on Sunday.

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