September 2, 2010
August and September are usually two of the most active months for Atlantic cyclone formation, and that is certainly holding true at this time. There are currently three named storms in the Atlantic: two tropical storms and one massive hurricane. The latest storm positions and satellite view is located below:
Fiona and Gaston are really not a threat to the U.S. and continue to be rather weak systems. Earl, however, is a different story. The storm grew to a category four hurricane overnight and everybody from the Carolinas to New England is watching this system very closely. The good news is that Earl still does not look to make a direct hit anywhere along the coastline. That isn't to say that there won't be damage or flooding from storm surge though. The North Carolina coast seems to be especially vulnerable based on the latest projected track. Check it out below...
The area highlighted in red is under a hurricane warning. Winds will easily exceed 100 miles per hour as Earl brushes the coastline. Tomorrow Earl will work his way up the coast and we can expect clouds and breezy conditions for most of the day. A front will cross Pennsylvania late tomorrow and help move Earl along. This front may trigger an isolated shower or two for the region, but many areas will still stay dry tomorrow. We certainly will not see any of Earl's moisture as the system will simply be too far east. For those of you with shore plans on this final weekend of summer, don't worry too much. By late Saturday and especially Sunday and Monday, Earl will be a distant memory.
Quick note before saying goodbye on this Thursday...college football kicks off tonight and those of you that know me know that I am a HUGE fan. Tomorrow is "National Wear Your College Colors Day" so step up and support your team. I'll be in the Blue and White and I'll have the exclusive Penn State Tailgate forecast tomorrow. Go State! Let's have one last look at Earl from space. Despite the massive destruction that these storms cause, they are simply beautiful to look at from above. Have a great Thursday!