Saturday October 14
Category 2 Hurricane Ophelia still has 100 mph winds and is now racing through into the eastern Atlantic towards Ireland. The visible satellite from sunrise over the storm shows a well defined eye, albeit of a small storm. The track and timing of the potently landfall on Ireland is holding. See the complete update and maps below. Locally we are stuck in the muck. Plenty of drizzle and fog but a wind shift should help to warm us into the 70s and dry us out a little. One more summer like day on Sunday will as we surge into the mid 80s ahead of a cold front. There is a slight risk of a thundershower as another brief cool down arrives for the start of the work week. Then the roller coaster of temperatures continues.
Areas of drizzle and fog will be slow to depart, but gradually we should warm and brighten the sky today. The warmer winds will push in Sunday and push us into the mid 80s. The cold front across the Great Lakes will reach us Sunday evening with a small chance of thundershower and rain overnight. Monday morning will bring us back to near normal.
Stats For October 14
Normal High: 67ºF
Record High: 86ºF in 1975
Normal Low: 46ºF
Record Low: 29ºF in 1988
Sunrise: 7:16 AM
Sunset 6:29 PM
Skipping To Sunday
SUMMARY OF 500 AM AST…0900 UTC…INFORMATION
ABOUT 295 MI…480 KM SSW OF THE AZORES
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…100 MPH…155 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…ENE OR 60 DEGREES AT 24 MPH…39 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…971 MB…28.68 INCHES
This is a small storm.
- 25 mile – range of Hurricane Force winds
- 90 miles – range of Tropical Storm Force winds
But it is moving FAST. Forward movement of 24 mph may increase to over 40 mph as it reaches Ireland. So the impact will be localized and quick.
The some will reach the British Islands on Monday morning local time. Landfall potential is by noon local time
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National Hurricane Center Forecast Track
The forward speed of the storm is the reason why it may hold hurricane intensity as it reaches Ireland. But the storm will inevitably weaken over the cooler water.
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