It was nice to have Chris Landsea from NHC here in town to give a talk at Penn State and talk with us here at AccuWeather this morning. It was informative and he let us in on how NHC hopes to avoid confusion about storms like Sandy in the future and why the Weather Service handled Sandy the way they did. Obviously, lots of folks were unhappy with how Sandy was handled by the Weather Service, but it's good to see that that the issue is being dealt with so they can do a better job when a storm like Sandy happens again ... and if it's happened before, then eventually something like it will happen again.
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Matthew is a Category 5 beast of a hurricane in the Carribbean, which will badly lash Jamaica, Cuba and the Bahamas. We hope and currently forecast that it will stay east of the East Coast, but that's not guaranteed. For now, a blocked-up weather pattern keeps most of the South nice this weekend; a new front will arrive in the southern Plains next week.
Matthew is going to be our primary concern in the coming days. Substantial effects look likely for Jamaica, Cuba and the Bahamas. It's too soon to say one way or the other for the U. S. East Coast, but I'm worried.
The tropics are active in both the Atlantic and Pacific but the only threat to the U.S. is Julia, sitting near Charleston, SC. Meanwhile we will see fronts moving in that trigger storms and break the heat in some areas.
With fronts penetrating deeper into the South in the coming days, we'll see less heat and some opportunities for needed rain. There's plenty to follow in the tropics as well but no imminent threats except for some downpours.
With fronts penetrating deeper into the South in the coming days, we'll see less heat and some opportunities for needed rain. There's plenty to follow in the tropics as well but no imminent threats.
Moisture from the East Pacific system Newton will bring some downpours into parts of Texas and Oklahoma and a tropical wave will graze south Florida and the Keys as well, but most of the rest of the South will stay hot and dry until a front moves in this weekend.