Monday, October 20, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Hope you have been enjoying this stretch of beautiful October weather. That is why I usually take many vacation days this month. Plus ratings begin in November and I can't take any time off. Computer models are trying/hinting that there could be some tropical development over the southern Gulf during the next 3-5 days. As I have mentioned many times, once into October, especially after the middle parts of the month, we are protected by stronger westerly winds that steer any tropical systems far to our south & east. That is certainly the case this year. We have several cold fronts coming so I look to more great feeling air before the real cold of Winter sets in next month.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
I remember the late Jackie Gleason crooning “Oh how sweet it is.” On the Honeymooners, a great comedy show back in the 50s. (yea I am that old!) Tonight the air feels just that way. Just the way I remember Marine Corps boot camp in San Diego back in 1970. Each day was sunny with highs in the 70s while the nights were comfy cool in the 50s & that went on for weeks & weeks. One reason I love October is he cold fronts are not too cold and the days still warm up but no longer too hot. We are in such a stretch right now that will last for the next 2-3 days. By this weekend, it’ll start to feel summer like again as we warm back to 80+ and the muggies return. However, since no new fronts are coming, no rain is expected.
Hurricane Gonzalo is now a strong Cat. 3 and is predicted by NHC to be Cat. 4 on Wednesday. It’s forecast track nears Bermuda late Thursday as a Cat. 3 and that island is already under a Hurricane Watch. In the Pacific, Tropical Storm Ana may threaten Hawaii late this weekend. Thank goodness fronts are coming and our season is over. Stay tuned!
Monday, October 13, 2014
Most of us know that the Spring is time for Tornadoes, but there is a distinctive secondary severe weather season for us in late October into early December. Usually the threat is more widespread “straight line winds” versus the compact swirl of a tornado, but damage is damage. Does it matter what caused it? Nah, the only ones who care are the insurance companies, but let’s not get me started. Behind these early Fall fronts the cool down is not drastic and the daytime highs are pleasantly warm (75-80) with the nights comfy cool (40s & 50s). Enjoy the next 2-3 days before the muggies slowly crept back over the weekend.
Hurricane Gonzalo has already started making the turn to the north away from Puerto Rico. He is getting stronger and could become a major storm during the next 2-3 days threatening Bermuda only days after that island took a blow from Fay. Our season is over since we have cold fronts coming and anything that forms this late should be steered well to our east. Stay tuned!