Thursday, August 20, 2009

August Front Brings Friday Storms...

Typically in late August we are watching the tropics as that's where our weather comes from...but not this summer. Aside from this week, we have not seen SE winds rotating around the Atlantic Ridge (Bermuda High) bringing in tropical waves every 3-4 days. Instead we keep seeing east coast troughs reforming week after week bringing down "cold" fronts in July and August. Yet another August front will arrive before daybreak on Saturday sweeping away the Gulf muggies and giving us a sunny & dry weekend. As the front pushes into south Louisiana on Friday, we're likely to see some very heavy T-Storms with strong, gusty winds and more heavy rainfall. Some could be severe so keep up on the weather until the front moves through.

Hurricane Bill remains on a course that will keep him well off the U.S. east coast. Good thing as he remains a strong Cat. 3 to Cat. 4 Hurricane. Big waves/swells will affect the east coast from Florida to Maine. Unless Bill makes a Betsy loop soon, it appear Lake Charles is in the clear ! The African Hurricane pipeline is all quiet after Bill.

5 comments:

nolachickwrites said...

I'll take thunderstorms over hurricanes any day of the week. Ha! I'm glad that Caveman was wrong with his "Lake Charles" prediction/joke. Let's hope Bill doesn't do too much damage wherever he goes. It would be nice if he would just skirt the east coast and go on his merry way. Thanks for the updates, Bob.

Caveman said...

Hurricanes are good! They help disapate the earth's heat without them we would be in big trouble. Bill should begin his turn towards the southeast crossing over SC and GA and entering the Gulf within the next 3 days...

ONLYREAL said...

LOL!

Caveman,
Do you not see that huge trough on Water Vapor Imagery? If you don't know what a Trough looks like it looks like a big dip in the Jet Stream. In fact, it has already completely eroded the ridge off the SE Coast. Thus, Bill is going out to sea and is no threat to the Gulf Coast.

Also,
Bob I don't think that this particular cold front will pose any threat for tropical development. There will be too much dry air advection in the low to mid-levels of the Atmosphere from the NW; Possibly all the way up to 700mb.

With all these fronts so early it would be nice to see Hurricane Season go on lock down like in 2006. But I would keep an eye on the Tropics starting in about 2 weeks as a positive phase in MJO moves in and the NAO goes Negative. That could be our best but last shot for a Gulf Coast threat this year.

ONLYREAL

Bourbon St. Blues said...

Whew some powerful thunderstorms right about now...lots of lightning strikes...

Time to play the song....Riders on the Storm.....

Wayne Watkins said...

I wonder if all these summertime cold fronts will usher in a colder than normal winter (i.e. severe freezes)????