LONG RANGE OUTLOOK FOR KATIA

ENSEMBLE FORECAST by NCEP/NWS/NOAA for next Wednesday, Sept. 7.

New graphics from NCEP (National Centers for Environmental Protection) depict atmospheric winds surrounding the hurricane, KATIA, that we will be watching this week and next week. A dip in the westerlies appears to be approaching that will turn KATIA away from the U.S.

Weather patterns have been relatively stable this year; in fact, so stable that they have caused persistent droughts, flooding rains, and scorching heat for large sections of the country. This stability is what played a large part in remarkably accurate predictions for the track of hurricane IRENE. History has taught us that nature occasionally catches us unexpectedly; namely, the tsunami in Japan, and the earthquake centered in Virginia was felt from Georgia to Canada.

Our tropical waters are now reaching their warmest temperatures of the year, and we are entering the month that has produced more hurricanes than any other. While we’ve watched the disturbances over the eastern Atlantic for most new storms, we must remember that the Gulf of Mexico can produce one with less than 2 days warning. WJXT’s Storm Team is best equipped to keep you informed of any threat to our shores!

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