Igor will remain a very strong and dangerous hurricane through the week and beyond in the Atlantic due to favorable weather conditions.
Currently, Igor is a Category 4 hurricane. While the strength could wobble a bit over the next couple of days, but it is likely that Igor has passed his peak intensity.
Hurricanes go through cycles, strengthening and weakening.
Igor strengthened into the day Monday but weakened a bit during the late day and overnight hours.
Igor is forecast by the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center to begin a curve to the northwest over the next 24 to 48 hours, steering the system to the northeast of the Antilles.
However, building surf will affect the water around the Leeward Islands over the next several days.
Of great concern is how close the system will track to Bermuda over the weekend. The large size of the storm could cause considerable problems for the islands, even if a direct hit does not occur.
Late season bathers along the East Coast of the U.S. should be alert for building surf and increasing rip currents late in the week and this weekend, even if Igor turns to the north offshore as expected.
However, there is still a chance Igor could slide more westward, missing one or more northward turn-offs, possibly bringing it too close to the Atlantic Seaboard of the U.S. for comfort and more serious problems.
For now, people in Bermuda and Newfoundland, Canada, are at the highest risk for direct impact from Hurricane Igor.
All interests along the Atlantic Seaboard should keep an eye on Igor.
Additionally, there are also other systems of concern in the basin, such as Julia farther east and the possibility of Karl forming in the disturbed weather currently in the Caribbean.
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The first part of this week will feel more like September than the middle of July, typically the hottest time of year, throughout the Midwest.
The hot weather seen across the Northwest over the weekend will carry over into the new week, continuing the risk of heat-related illness.
It was a busy week around the globe for severe weather as Typhoon Neoguri inundated Japan, deadly storms wreaked havoc across the Northeast and sweltering heat moved into the Northwest.
The Northeast and mid-Atlantic will be faced with severe thunderstorms and flooding downpours through at least Tuesday before the new week ends on a more refreshing note.
In the western Pacific, Tropical Storm Rammasun is on track to threaten the Philippines.
Friday night saw two breathtaking phenomoma light up the sky, Manhattanhenge and the Supermoon.
New Jersey, NY (1895)
Cherry Hill Tornado in North Jersey caused $50,000 damage; funnel then descended at New York City in Harlem and Woodhaven, where one was killed; ended as a waterspout in Jamaica Bay; New York City damage totalled $43,000. Note: This is not the Cherry Hill in South Jersey.
Mississippi Valley & Great Lakes (1936)
Searing heat across the Upper Mississippi Valley and the Great Lakes: Evansville, IN 107 degrees Alpena, MI 104 degrees Grand Rapids, MI 108 degrees St. Cloud, MN 107 degrees Wisconsin Dells, WI 114 degrees; all-time record. Green Bay, WI 104 degrees Fort Francis, ONT. 108 degrees; highest ever in Ontario Province. Mio, MI 112 degrees, all-time high in state.
The East (1975)
(13th-15th) A stationary front that extended from Maine to Florida caused 3 days of heavy rains from the Appalachians to the Atlantic Coast. River flooding in low-lying areas was reported in PA, NJ, DE, MD, VA and NC. Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD each received more than 3 inches of rain in a 24-hour period. Up to 7 inches of rain fell in 24 hours on parts of Maryland's eastern shore. Northern New Jersey was hit hardest with flash flooding. A total of 6.11 inches of rain fell on Trenton, NJ in a one-hour period. NJ was declared in a state of emergency and officials stated that as much as 34 inches of rain had fallen in the northern half of the state with property damage close to $30 million. Five people drowned.