Archive for July 3, 2014

HURRICANE ARTHUR THREATENS COASTAL NORTH CAROLINA… THE CYCLONE IS EXPECTED TO TURN NORTHEASTWARD AND ITS FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED TO ACCELERATE.. THE WEEKEND LOOKS GREAT FOR HAMPTON ROADS

The evacuations have been ordered for parts of Coastal North Carolina as Hurricane Arthur moves north-northeastward. It’s a category one hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 80 MPH as of 8:00 AM this morning. The overall forecast track has remained the same taking the worst conditions east of the Hampton Roads cities. However, I recommend that you monitor the local media and NWS/NHC updates for any possible changes in the track and intensity of this hurricane. Also, if you live in an area that normally floods from higher than normal tides, you should take the necessary precautions. Right now, the forecast is that Hampton Roads will receive some rain and gusty winds later tonight and early Friday morning, but as I said, the worst conditions should be to our south and east. The Outer Banks (i.e. Cape Hatteras) will bear the brunt of this storm. There is  a cold front approaching from the west. The combination of tropical moisture being drawn northward by Arthur and this front may trigger a shower or storm today. However, I don’t see much activity on radar this morning. Daytime heating may change that later today. Sometimes, when tropical cyclones approach from the south, bands of heavy rain/storms develop far away from the actual cyclone. We’ll see if that happens today. Speaking of tropical moisture, the dew point this morning is 75 degrees, which is very uncomfortable. This normally happens when a tropical cyclone approaches the region. On Friday, Arthur’s forward motion should accelerate, so conditions will improve throughout the day. The weather this weekend should be great with high pressure building back into the region. That’s it for now. Have a great holiday weekend!

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