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What a Day!
What a georgeous day out there! Bright blue sky, with just a few clouds... ok, maybe a little on the hot/humid side... but a great pool day, nonetheless! Today's highs were in the upper 80s... we can expect similar conditions the next several days, too.
As for the ONE fly in the forecasting ointment, that is a disturbance that *could* bring a few thunderstorms to parts of the viewing area late Sunday. See this afternoon's NAM:
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I am thinking *maybe* a 20% chance, if that. Otherwise, it looks like a nice dry stretch for us!
A different story along the Central Gulf Coast! Hurricane Katrina continues to churn in the Gulf of Mexico... and has been upgraded to a MAJOR hurricane... a Category 3! Here is the latest info:
WINDS: MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 115 MPH...WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. KATRINA IS A CATEGORY THREE HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON
SCALE. STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS...AND
KATRINA COULD BECOME A CATEGORY FOUR HURRICANE LATER TONIGHT OR
MOTION: WEST NEAR 7 MPH. A GRADUAL TURN
TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST IS EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS.
PRESURE: 945 MB...27.91 INCHES.
Click on the image below to see the Satellite Loop in motion:
Right now, it looks like Katrina will make landfall sometime on Monday... anywhere from Central Louisiana to the extreme Western Florida Panhandle. The middle point would be right near New Orleans... and a direct hit could be catastrophic for this area, as it is below sea level.
Here is an interesting ARTICLE ON THE POSSIBLE SCENARIO.
We'll keep tracking...
Posted by at August 27, 2005 4:37 PM