Isolated strong to severe storms possible Sunday
Watching Tropical Storm Ian
- Front brings chance of showers and storms on Sunday
- Mostly dry and cool workweek
- Tropical impacts possible Friday into Saturday
NEW IN THE TROPICS
Tropical Storm Ian formed late Friday night in the central Caribbean Sea. The National Hurricane Center is forecasting a likely landfall along the southern U.S. coast sometime next week.
Ian will undergo rapid intensification and develop into a hurricane Sunday into Monday. The system will reach major hurricane status by Tuesday.
There’s still quite a bit of uncertainty when it comes to any landfall locations and strength at this point. Right now, the best thing to do is to monitor the forecasts closely if you have travel plans to the western Caribbean this weekend, and Florida and the Mid-Atlantic next week.
A late-weekend cold front will usher in the chance of showers and storms, especially during the afternoon and early evening.
Most of the viewing area is under a Marginal Risk of severe storms. That’s one out of five on the severe weather scale. The main concerns are damaging wind gusts up to 60 mph and isolated large hail. Expect highs in the 70s and low 80s.
NIGHT SKY HAPPENINGS
- SUNDAY: New Moon (5:55 p.m. EDT).
- SPACE STATION FLYOVERS: SATURDAY: 8:45 PM, Visible 2 min, Approaching NW | SUNDAY: 7:57 PM, Visible 5 min, Approaching NNW. [View More Times]
A majority of the week remains mostly dry and cooler than average. Afternoon highs reach the upper 60s and low 70s in most spots. The wildcard is what happens with Tropical Storm Ian entering the Gulf and perhaps Florida during the middle and the end of the week.
Any northerly push could bring tropical rain to our area Friday into Saturday. We’ll know more as the week goes on.
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