Monday, September 29, 2008
In case you are interested, my trackers also tell me that my main website, MemphisWeather.net, receives an average of 35-40 unique visitors (nearly 70 total visits) per day, with gusts much higher than that during bad weather! ;-) These visitors are loading well over 100 pages a day. My peak in the past few months has been Sept. 2 when visitor count was over 120, with nearly 450 pages loaded!
Thanks again to all of you for your continued support of MWN and the MWN Blog!!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Computer models are pointing to a possible system forming in the Gulf of Mexico in a few days and moving across the Florida Peninsula late in the week. We'll need to monitor this situation for possible development. Be sure to check out the MWN Tropical Page for the latest on current and any potential Atlantic storms.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
For more on equinoxes, check out this article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equinox
Our weather for the first week of fall is pretty much right on track! Mostly sunny skies and highs in the lower to mid 80s are expected all week, while lows will run in the 60s.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Since we're moving into the latter half of September, a fair question to ask is: are we done with 90 degree temperatures for this year? Well, average highs for mid-September are in the mid 80s, so while this last week was definitely nice, it was also well below normal. Given that, while a stray 90 degree day can't be ruled out, the dog days of summer are definitely over and we may very likely be done with the 90s until May '09. Time will tell!
Last item: In case you are a weather junkie like me, you may be interested in knowing that there is an outlet locally where you can hang out with others of like mind. ;-) The Memphis Chapter of the American Meteorological Society/National Weather Assocation is having it's first meeting at Corky's BBQ on Tuesday night, Sept. 30th. This group is made up of not only professionals in the field, but also local weather enthusiasts. Anyone is welcome to come and learn more, or join if they would like. For more information, see our website at http://www.amsmemphis.org.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
A sharp cold front will move through late in the day Sunday which will drop the humidity and wind values and provide a very nice start to next week with highs in the 70s Monday and Tuesday and lows likely falling into the 50s in normally cooler suburban locations. So, until Monday, hold on to your hat and be tuned in to commercial radio or TV, NOAA Weather Radio, or MemphisWeather.Net in case severe weather strikes.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
A couple of things are known about the storm - on it's current track, the city of Houston and its surrounding neighbors, such as Galveston, are in for a huge black eye. Storm surge seems to be catching many people's attention with Ike as 15-20 feet of water is expected to come rolling into a large swath of coastline from Freeport to Galveston perhaps to Port Arthur. The seawall on Galveston Island is 17 feet tall, which means it could be overtopped. Waves of up to 30' are being recorded currently by a buoy just ahead of the track of the storm in the central Gulf. In addition, the massive scale of the storm makes it larger than Katrina - hurricane wind up to 115 miles from the center and TS wind 275 miles from the center. I have a bad feeling about Houston. The 4pm Advisory from NHC brings the storm right across the city.
As for it's effects on Memphis weather, it appears as though the remnants may move through the Mid-South on Sunday. Look for gusty wind and perhaps a pretty good amount of rain. Check the MWN forecast for the latest info. I'll know more in the next 24-36 hours or so.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
My family spent the weekend at Chickasaw State Park in Henderson, TN (rural TN south of Jackson) and I haven't experienced better early September weather in a long time! Temps were absolutely perfect following a couple of cool, wet days. Clouds hung in until Saturday afternoon, so the temperatures stayed in the upper 70s to lower 80s. Evenings were very pleasant and mornings slightly cool. Made for a great weekend!
Turning to current events, a cold front slipped through yesterday and resides just south of the Memphis area today. This should make for another pretty nice day with slightly below normal temps and moderate humidity. A slight chance of rain exists, mainly along the front to our south. The front returns as a warm front tomorrow and we get back into a more late summer-like regime with higher humidity and warmer conditions. Highs will be near 90 Friday and Saturday and with the humidity, it will feel like summer. Scattered showers and t'storms may help some areas.
After passing over portions of the Caribbean and then Cuba, Hurricane Ike appears headed for the TX coast, somewhere between Corpus Christi and Houston. The warm waters of the Gulf and minimal upper level shear will likely combine to strengthen Ike into a major hurricane (category 3) by landfall early Saturday morning. We'll keep an eye on it. I would encourage you to read Dr. Jeff Master's blog from Wunderground Tropical. His post from this morning even includes a photograph from inside Ike's eye taken by the Hurricane Hunters in the NOAA P-3 aircraft!
Friday, September 5, 2008
Hurricane Update... Hanna is poised to strike the SC coastline overnight tonight as a strong tropical storm (65-70 mph wind) then move QUICKLY up the coast, bringing tropical storm conditions to pretty much the whole eastern seaboard from SC northward by Sunday morning.
Ike, on the other hand, is still a major (cat 3) hurricane in the western Atlantic heading for the Bahamas. Forecast tracks indicate this storm will approach southern FL on Tuesday and either strike south FL or continue through the FL Straits and into the Gulf. Models are still all over the place, so we'll have to follow him pretty closely.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Elsewhere, T.S. Hanna is lingering over the southern Bahamas and is expected to start a NW track by tomorrow, paralleling the FL east coast then making landfall late in the week along the GA, NC, and SC coastline. Ike is moving steadily across the central Atlantic and is due in the Bahamas this weekend and Josephine has formed today in the far eastern Atlantic and is strengthening as it moves west as well. The Atlantic Hurricane season is in full swing!!