Archive for November 8, 2009

IDA BECOMES A HURRICANE AS IT ENTERS THE GULF OF MEXICO… WHAT WILL ITS IMPACT BE ON THE U.S. GULF COAST?… WILL WE (HAMPTON ROADS) SEE ANY EFFECTS FROM THIS LATE SEASON HURRICANE OR ITS REMNANTS?

I commented yesterday (Saturday) on how precipitation-free the weather map was across the U.S. Although that still holds true today, it may change quite a bit as we head into the work week. A very complicated situation is about to unfold and I don’t think that the models have a good handle on exactly what is going to happen. Some of the questions that have to be answered are: 1) How long can Ida (now a 90 MPH hurricane) survive as it moves north into the Gulf of Mexico into a more hostile environment? 2) How does the storm interact with another developing low pressure system over the Gulf? 3) Once the storm makes landfall, where does all that moisture go? A landfall of a hurricane anywhere in the U.S. in November is very rare and it will be very interesting to see how this unfolds. Could it turn into a major nor’easter type storm here in the Mid-Atlantic region? That is a possibility although it is not a huge one now. As far as our weather is concerned, we will have a beautiful Sunday and Monday with plenty of sunshine and mild temperatures. Winds should be on the light side for the most part. On Tuesday, things become more uncertain as the moisture from the Gulf slowly approaches.  Monitor the TPC site to see what happens with Ida over the next few days. This should be very interesting!

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