IDA – LESS WIND, BIG RAINS

2009-11-05_155140After rapidly reaching hurricane status over very warm Caribbean waters earlier today, IDA’ s winds have been reduced to tropical storm strength.
Steering currents are weak and the frictional effect of the rugged Nicaraguan-Honduran topography may cause the storm to completely dissipate as we look into the weekend.
Gusty northeast winds over our part of the southeastern US will be caused by a strong high pressure over the eastern US and not be associated with the remnant storm in central America.
After a rapid cold front sweeps over the southeastern US Tuesday, a new high pressure will move from the Ohio Valley to the mid-Atlantic states Wednesday and Thursday next week. Consequently, any redevelopment of IDA that might occur should be closer to Yucatan and the lower Gulf than to the US.
As always, long range forecasts are always subject to new developments over the interim. Remember to always pay attention to the latest advisory daily during the hurricane season.

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