Colleagues, Forecast remains unchanged. It has become a weaker threat in the last day, but still a heavy rain producer, Storm surge of about 4 feet up the coast and in special locations, twice that, rip currents, inland flooding, and still Tropical Storm force winds ( approximately 45-50 mph over a large area). Not nearly as horrible as might have been ( and in some media still hyped), but bad enough that boating interests must be careful and common sense (DO NOT GET INTO THE WATER) should make this not too bad. And of course, my favorite aphorism, "There is nothing more uncommon than common sense" FORECAST: HURRICANE IRENE is weakening Category 1 storm with winds of 90 mph moving NNE at 13 mph. Projected to make landfall at noon today on North Carolina's Outer Banks and noon tomorrow in New York. It should remain a weakening Category 1 hurricane as it move thorough New England until it gets to New Hampshire and Maine and become more like a Tropical storm or mid-latitude low.
DISCUSSION: The Hurricane is entraining dry air from the west (no fuel) and also increasing wind shear. These will continue to cause weakening and keep IRENE no more than a Category 1. However it is a very big Category one with a larger than average area of hurricane force winds (approximately 85 mph)
I will soon be writing a blog on http://www.hurricanehunt.com on STORM SURGE. It is not what most people think it is, so I will explain it there as it is too long to go into here.
NEXT FORECAST: Sunday morning.
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