Hurricane Irma and Labor Day Weekend

Good Saturday bloggers,

It is hard to believe, but Labor Day weekend is here.  Where does the time go?  We will go day by day through the holiday weekend, but first we will have an update on the tropics.

TROPICAL UPDATE:

Harvey is FINALLY falling apart as he moves towards New England. As of early Saturday morning Harvey was exiting the Tennessee Valley. Harvey will combine with a system moving through the Great Lakes to increase rain across New England Sunday into Monday.

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There is a tropical storm over Baja, CA, named Lidia.  She will move out to the Pacific and stay weak the next two to three days, perhaps bringing a few showers to southern California.

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The tropical system that really has our attention is Hurricane Irma.  She intensified early Saturday morning as the eye became quite visible. Irma is about 1440 miles east of San Juan, Puerto Rico and is moving west at about 15 mph.

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The latest forecast for Irma has her north of Puerto Rico by Thursday morning as a category 4.  The latest GFS has the storm pounding New York City around September 10th. There is plenty of time to monitor this dangerous storm as once Irma approaches the Caribbean in 4-5 days she still has a chance of heading west into the Gulf of Mexico and not up the east coast.  It is going to depend on the timing of a trough in the eastern USA.  Will Irma get picked up by this trough and threaten the east coast, or will Irma not get picked up and keep heading west into the Gulf of Mexico?  Again, there is a ton of time to monitor this major hurricane.

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LABOR DAY WEEKEND FORECAST:

The last pool weekend of 2017 is here and will the weather cooperate in the middle of the USA?  Yes!  Let’s go through this day by day.

SATURDAY: This is going to be a nice day with highs in the 80s along with plenty of sunshine and a light wind.  Highs will reach the 90s across western Kansas.

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SUNDAY: This is going to be an A+ pool day as highs climb to around 90° along with an increasing southwest breeze and abundant sunshine.

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LABOR DAY: A cold front will be moving in from the north and out ahead of this front highs will jump to the low and mid 90s around KC to around 100° in central and southern Kansas.  So, if you want one more pool day of 2017, this is your chance.  This is a strong cold front and it will put and end to our hot weather.

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MONDAY NIGHT-TUESDAY MORNING: There is a decent chance for a period of showers and thunderstorms as the cold front sweeps south.  We are not expecting severe weather or flooding at this time.  Rainfall amounts will range from .10″ to 1.00″.  Actually, it would be nice to see some rain as it has not rained in six days and this is the only rain chance for the next seven days.

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Highs next Tuesday through Friday will be in the 70s with lows in the 40s and 50s.  There will be plenty of sunshine as well, so our weather is going to be spectacular next week.

Have a happy and safe Labor day weekend.  DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE!

Jeff Penner

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