A look at the Tropics


We are entering peak hurricane season and the Atlantic waters are beginning to show some potential. Storm number one may develop into tropical storm as we move through the week. The Hurricane center is forecasting favorable conditions for strengthening. I believe we are up to Danny with regard to naming the storms in the Atlantic.

In the Pacific there are two named storms. Tropical Storm Ignacio has winds of 40 mph and is approximately 650 miles west southwest of the southwest tip of Baja, CA.

Further to the west, about 800 miles south of Honolulu, HI we find Tropical Storm Hilda with winds to 60 mph. As the center of the storm tracks west it is likely to strengthen to hurricane force on Thursday.

Welcome moisture fell overnight in east central Minnesota and west central Wisconsin. Doppler radar estimated as much as two inches of rain fell from just east of Hudson to about Baldwin, WI. Here in the metro, anywhere from a third to two thirds of an inch of rain.

This latest front is ushering in lower dew points, but not chilly air. As we look to the weekend we are watching a front that has much cooler air headed our way. Temperatures on Satuday and Sunday may be more like readings we should see in late September.


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