“Florence” arrives

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Summary

The remnants of Florence will finally start arriving today. We’re seeing some scattered showers from her this morning and those will continue through the day. Showers will increase in both coverage and intensity as we go through the day, becoming most widespread overnight. Showers should continue on Monday. Total rainfall amounts of around one inch are expected by Tuesday morning.

We return to drier weather for the better part of Tuesday. The  drier weather should hold through at least Thursday.

Tropics

“Florence” has now been downgraded to a depression. She is centered over South Carolina this morning. Catastrophic flooding continues for the Carolinas, in particular the southeaster portions of North Carolina.

There’s really nothing else going on in the tropics. Tropical Storm Isaac is barely an area of disturbed weather. He’s all but completely disintegrated within a very harsh environment. Never the less, what little is left of him is drifting toward the southern Gulf of Mexico and the National Hurricane Center gives him a 20% chance for regeneration. I doubt it’s anything to watch, but I’ll keep an eye on him next week.

No other development is expected for the next five days.

Records

On this day in 1988 Hurricane Gilbert slammed into the shores of Mexico. An all-time record low barometric pressure was set for the northern hemisphere that day. For the entire northern hemisphere! That occurred when a pressure of 26.13″ of mercury was measured (that’s 884 mb). The winds of Hurricane Gilbert reached 200 mph, which is  the lower wind limit of an EF-5 tornado. Wind gusts surpassed the 200 mph mark.

Gilbert devastated the Yucatan peninsula and some areas never recovered. Thankfully, the storm weakened substantially before moving into extreme southeast Texas. The highest wind gust measured in Texas was at Padre Island (82 mph).

News

First of all, yesterday’s fundraiser at the Mayland Senior Center was a HUGE success! I about fell over when I saw that we had raised $1007.00 for that Center!!! Folks, to say we are all blown away by everyone’s generosity is the understatement of the year. That will go a LONG way in helping us operate the facility and to take better care of it. For those of you came out, I want to say a great big THANK YOU! For those of you who didn’t, we will have another one in the spring. Ask anyone who came to yesterday’s and they will tell you the food was amazing, the music incredible, and the atmosphere was just wonderful. I can honestly say that everyone had a great time. It was just a great day, folks, and I am so full of gratitude this morning (and shock!). We raised $1007.00!! That is just hard to believe.

In other news, I will be heading to Murfreesboro today to set up for the Tennessee Emergency Numbers Conference (TENA). I’ll be there until Tuesday night. If the blog is off schedule you’ll know why. These shows keep us very busy and sometimes time gets away from us. Wish us luck! We’ll be showcasing weatherTAP to a lot of emergency management folks. They tend to love our products, so let’s hope the love keeps coming. ha

You all have a great day!

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