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Weather Update 9.27.21 - U.S.

Posted by Jarrett on Sep 27, 2021 7:36:39 AM


Summary: Hurricane Sam is currently tracking through the tropical Atlantic Ocean as a major hurricane. Forecasts are now in agreement that Sam will curl well away from the U.S. East Coast as it tracks through the Atlantic into next weekend. Sam could at least generate high surf and rip currents along the East Coast by late this week or next weekend, as Hurricane Larry did earlier this month despite passing east of Bermuda.
 
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Weather Update 9.24.21 - U.S.

Posted by Jarrett on Sep 24, 2021 7:33:23 AM


Summary: A fairly quiet weather pattern is in place today across the U.S., with a slow moving front in the Northeast that may produce heavy rain, and a few storms with strong wind gusts and a couple of tornadoes may also impact the area. Meanwhile, Hurricane Sam has rapidly intensified to become the seventh hurricane of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season early Friday morning. Despite Sam's rapid intensification, it's not yet clear if Sam will threaten land, but it will slow down; Sam's forward speed will slow this weekend, as high pressure to its north acting as its initial steering wheel weakens. Sam could at least generate high surf and rip currents along the East Coast more than a week from now even if it stays well offshore, as Hurricane Larry did earlier this month despite passing east of Bermuda. However, it's far too soon to completely rule out Sam as a potential U.S. threat. Areas recovering from Ida and Nicholas may still be experiencing delayed freight movement.
 
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Weather Update 9.22.21 - U.S.

Posted by Jarrett on Sep 22, 2021 7:48:37 AM


Summary: A strong cold front will gradually push through the Eastern U.S. over the next couple of days and will bring heavy rain and severe weather, primarily damaging winds . Excessive rainfall may result in flash flooding in the central Great Lakes and central Appalachians. Flash flood watches are currently in effect from the coastal Carolinas to the Great Lakes. Additionally, several disturbances are currently active in the tropical Atlantic, however none of them are expected to impact the continental US at this time. Due to a backlog of freight, delays are still being seen for shipments destined to areas impacted by Ida and Nicholas
 
Peter 
Peter is currently passing north of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and will turn northwest, then north into the central Atlantic, but is no threat to the continental United States.
 
Rose 
Rose is located in the far eastern Atlantic Ocean to the northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. It's of no threat to land and may degenerate to a remnant low late this week.
 
Invest 98L
Currently located a few hundred miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands, this system will be named "Sam" if it develops enough to meet storm criteria. While it's too soon to determine if "future Sam" will ever become a U.S. threat, there is increasing confidence that the environment is conducive for intensification this weekend into early next week, including low wind shear and increasingly warm water. In this environment, it could become a hurricane as soon as early next week.
 
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Weather Update 9.21.21 - U.S.

Posted by Jarrett on Sep 21, 2021 7:39:49 AM


Summary: A strong cold front will produce heavy rain will create mainly localized areas of flash flooding to the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley. There is another flash flood threat in the parts of the Southeast and Southern Appalachians. Additionally, several disturbances are currently active in the tropical Atlantic, however none of them are expected to impact the continental US at this time. Due to a backlog of freight, delays are still being seen for shipments destined to areas impacted by Ida and Nicholas
 
Peter
Tropical Storm Peter is passing north of the Leeward Islands, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Peter is no threat to the continental United States, but will cause heavy rain and high surf across parts of the Leeward Islands, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, potentially disrupting freight to or from those places. 
 
Rose 
Rose is located in the far eastern Atlantic Ocean to the west of the Cabo Verde Islands, and should weaken to a tropical depression later this week.
 
Invest 98L
Currently located just off the west coast of Africa, the slow-moving system is expected to strengthen as it moves west across the Atlantic. It is too soon to determine yet if this system will become a threat to the U.S. East Coast
 
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Weather Update 9.20.21 - U.S.

Posted by Jarrett on Sep 20, 2021 7:58:19 AM


Summary: Heavy rain from the remnants of Nicholas will continue a threat for additional flooding and flash flooding across the Tennessee Valley Monday. A strong cold front will slowly shift across the central then eastern U.S. through this week bringing a threat for heavy rainfall and potential for flooding. Additionally, Tropical Storms Peter and Rose are tracking through the Atlantic right now and could be followed by the formation of another tropical depression later this week.
 
Tropical Storm Peter
Peter is forecast to turn northwest and then northward into the central Atlantic. That track should take the storm north of the Lesser Antilles in the week ahead. peripheral rainfall may lead to areas of urban and small stream flooding through Tuesday across Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Northern Leeward Island. Shipments to and from these areas may be delayed. Peter is no threat to the continental United States because of a cold front sweeping off the East Coast later this week.
 
Tropical Storm Rose
Tropical Storm Rose is located in the far eastern Atlantic Ocean to the west of the Cabo Verde Islands. It is forecast to track northwestward into the open Atlantic waters and is no threat to land. It should weaken to a tropical depression later this week, and is not expected to impact the US
 
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Weather Update 9.17.21 - U.S.

Posted by Jarrett on Sep 17, 2021 8:01:18 AM


Summary: Locally heavy rainfall and flash flooding remains likely along the central Gulf Coast into the weekend from southeast Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle due to the remnants of Nicholas. A strong cold front will bring heavy rain and some high elevation snow with the arrival of cooler temperatures to the Northwest through the weekend. Atlantic disturbances 96L and Invest 95L are both are expected to strengthen over the next several days. Freight embargoes are in place for freight destined to areas affected by Ida and Nicholas. Advisories: Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida
 
Nicholas
Flash Flood Watches are in effect along sections of the central Gulf Coast from southeast Louisiana across southern Mississippi and southern Alabama into the Florida Panhandle.
  • 15mph winds
  • 1-2 inches additional rainfall
    • Up to 14in locally
Invest 96L
Currently located 100 miles southeast of the NC Outer Banks, Invest 96L has a high chance of tropical development over the next several days, however is steering away from the US coast. Regardless of development, high swells and some wind gusts are expected along the east coast
 
95L
Currently located west of the Cabo Verde island, 95L is showing a high chance of tropical development over the next several days as it moves west into the Caribbean
 
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Weather Update 9.16.21 - U.S.

Posted by Jarrett on Sep 16, 2021 8:25:55 AM


Summary: Tropical Depression Nicholas will produce heavy rain over parts of the Central Gulf Coast through Friday causing numerous areas of flash flooding and stream/river flooding. Isolated to scattered severe storms is expected across parts of the northern Plains and Upper Midwest with damaging winds and large hail the main threats on Thursday. Additionally, two more tropical disturbances are developing in the Atlantic, one sitting near Bermuda and the other sitting off the coast of Africa; both are expected to strengthen over the next several days. Freight embargoes are in place for freight destined to areas affected by Ida and Nicholas. Advisories: Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida
 
Nicholas
Nicholas is now a post-tropical cyclone, lingering over Louisiana. Flash Flood Watches are in effect along the central Gulf Coast portions of southeast Louisiana, across southern Mississippi and Alabama, to the Florida Panhandle.
 
Invest 95L
Environmental conditions are expected to remain conducive for development into a Tropical Depression of this system west-southwest of the Cabo Verde islands. The system is expected to move westward across the topical Atlantic over the next several days
 
Invest 96L
Environmental conditions are conducive for development into a Tropical Depression, and is currently moving north-northwestward towards the southeast U.S. coast. Regardless of development, some impacts are expected along portions of the southeast and mid-Atlantic US coasts
 
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Weather Update 9.15.21 - U.S.

Posted by Jarrett on Sep 15, 2021 8:16:53 AM


Summary: Currently located in southwest Louisiana, Tropical Depression Nicholas will continue to linger over Louisiana into late this week, where heavy rainfall will impact the north Gulf Coast through early Friday with potentially life-threatening flash and urban flooding and widespread river flooding, including locations still recovering from Hurricane Ida. Isolated strong to severe storms are possible across the Ohio Valley into the Northeast with the threats of damaging winds, large hail, and a few tornadoes.  Additionally, two more tropical disturbances are developing in the Atlantic, one sitting near Bermuda and the other sitting off the coast of Africa; both are expected to strengthen over the next several days. Freight embargoes are in place for freight destined to areas affected by Ida and Nicholas. Advisories: Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida
 
Flooding Rainfall
Moderate to locally heavy rain will affect areas across LA, MS, AL, and FL through Friday
  • 3-6 inches additional rainfall
    • Locally up to 10in
 
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Weather Update 9.14.21 - U.S.

Posted by Jarrett on Sep 14, 2021 7:27:59 AM


Summary: After making landfall overnight as a Category 1 Hurricane, the center of Nicholas is now located just southwest of Houston, and will bring tropical storm impacts while moving northeast along the Texas coastline, including storm surge, rainfall, and isolated tornadoes in the central Gulf Coast areas. The potential for major rainfall flooding will be the most widespread threat from Nicholas going forward, especially since this includes areas still recovering from Hurricane Ida in southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi. Embargoes are still in place for much of the freight destined for coastal Louisiana including New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Advisories: Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida
  
 
Tropical Storm Warning
Tropical Storm conditions are occurring this morning from Matagorda, TX, to Cameron, LA, as well as some inland counties near the coast, including the Houston metro area.
  • 39+mph winds
  • 5-10 inches of rainfall
    • Locally up to 20in
  • 1-5ft storm surge along the coast
  • Spreading into coastal LA this afternoon
Flash Flood Watch
Flash Flooding is possible throughout coastal TX into all of southern LA and far southern MS
  • Including Houston, Lake Charles, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans
 
Nicholas strengthened into the 6th hurricane of the season at 10 p.m. CDT Monday night.  It made landfall just northeast of Matagorda Bay, Texas, about 3 hours later with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.
 
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Weather Update 9.13.21 - U.S.

Posted by Jarrett on Sep 13, 2021 8:12:11 AM


Summary: Tropical Storm Nicholas - located in the western Gulf of Mexico - will bring tropical storm force winds, life-threatening storm surge, isolated tornadoes, and significant heavy rain, impacting Texas and southwestern Louisiana coastal communities, including the Houston Metro area. Some bands of rain associated with Nicholas have already spread into the Texas and Louisiana coasts. Embargoes are still in place for much of the freight destined for coastal Louisiana including New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Advisories: Texas, Louisiana
  
Tropical Storm Warning
Tropical storm conditions will occur today along Coastal Texas from the mouth of the Rio Grande to High Island, and the southeast Houston metro area
  • 39+mph winds
  • 5-10 inches of rain
  • 2-4 ft storm surge
Hurricane Watch
Hurricane conditions are possible this afternoon along the mid Texas coast from Port Aransas to Freeport. 
  • 74+ mph winds
  • 8-16 inches of rain
    • Up to 20 inches
  • 3-5ft storm surge
Tropical Storm Watch
Tropical storm conditions are possible this evening along the Texas Coast from High Islands to Sabine Pass, and the city of Houston
  • 39+mph winds
  • 5-10 inches of rain
  • 2-4ft storm surge
 
Nicholas is expected to make landfall as soon as tonight, at least as a strong tropical storm, or perhaps even a category 1 hurricane.  At least some bands of heavier rain might also swing inland over southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi – areas still recovering from Hurricane Ida.
 
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