Nice Fall Weather, Rafael Moves Rapidly!October 17th, 2012 at 7:07 am by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
Our local weather is pretty simple today. We have a pretty big area of high pressure around. There are a few high thin clouds overtop of it, but overall it will be fair and mild. Highs will be in the upper 60s with a few low 70s inland. Winds will be southeast at 5-10mph. Tonight we’ll have mostly clear skies. It won’t be as cold as this morning. Lows will mostly be in the low 50s. Tomorrow the winds will pick up out of the south at 10-15mph. Highs will be in the upper 70s.
We’ll see some showers Thursday night into Friday. This will be far out ahead of a cold front. The front won’t push through until the weekend, but by then it will have a lot of dry air along the boundary. So it should pass through dry. We’ll cool down on Saturday.
Despite the quiet weather here, we do have some small craft advisories over the ocean for boaters. The swells coming in from Rafael are 4-5 feet. The surfers should get to enjoy this for a couple more days. Then the waves will decrease. Rafael bypassed Bermuda. I only saw one report of some scattered power outages. Seems like Bermuda has had quite a few brushes with tropical systems this year. Rafael was a hurricane this morning with 80mph winds. It is quickly driving to the northeast as it is steered by some strong upper level winds. It was moving north/northeast at 33mph. Wow! Give that storm a ticket for speeding! Seriously though…dry air was beginning to wrap into the southeast quadrant. It will be interacting with a cold front later today.
At this point we are usually out of the woods (locally) from the tropics. There are typically too many cold fronts moving through that would knock anything that forms back out to sea. Plus, the waters are starting to cool. The Atlantic hurricane season, however, officially goes until November 30th.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler