HIGH PRESSURE WILL REBUILD TO OUR NORTH OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS… AT THE SAME TIME A STORM SHOULD BE GATHERING OFF THE SOUTHEAST COAST… STRONG WINDS AND RAIN ARE POSSIBLE LATE THIS WEEK

Another high pressure area will be establishing itself to our north over the next few days. At the same time, low pressure is supposed to develop off the Southeast Coast. To complicate matters even more, a tropical cyclone may be forming near Puerto Rico which may play either a direct role on our weather or an indirect role. Either way, winds will increase out of the northeast as we head towards the middle of the week. If and when we see the rain from this potential system is the big question as models diverge in their solutions for Friday and Saturday. Here’s what can happen. An extra-tropical low pressure system should form off the Southeast Coast, which in combinations with the high pressure, will increase winds along with the tides and seas. Now, as this low sits over the warm Gulf Stream off the Carolinas, it could become sub-tropical in nature. The other scenario is that the tropical cyclone developing near Puerto Rico is drawn towards the coast by the high to our north which would block the system from moving out to sea. Winds blow clockwise around high pressure areas in the northern hemisphere, so there will be a large area of NE winds off the east coast. While forecasters don’t want to alarm coastal residents, especially with all the uncertainty in the forecast, my advice would be just to pay attention to this developing situation. You should already have your hurricance preparedness plan ready just in case. As I stated in my previous post, since our winds will be out of the NE for the next several days, temperatures will remain at or below seasonal norms.

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