Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Weather Headlines For September 7th - Tropical Update and Texas Wildfires

Paul Sundberg Does It Again!
Paul Sundberg snapped another fantastic shot from northern Minnesota a couple of weeks ago from the Mountain Lake Overlook in the BWCA, where it too looks very green. However, most of the trees in this picture are pine, which typically stay green, but there are probably a few pine and maple mixed in there, which typically turn red, orange and yellow. Paul said he will be out and about a lot this fall snapping pictures of Mother Nature at her best. 
Weather Set Up
The remnants of Tropical Storm Lee are slowly moving towards the northeast and because of this slow movement, it is blocking just about everything other weather feature across the nation. The weather where you are probably hasn't changed all that much over the last couple of days and it probably won't chance much over the next few days.

Remnants of Lee
The remnants of Lee have have really been pumping out a lot of rain, take a look at the rainfall reports from a few selected cities. The biggest rainfall report I saw through Tuesday was in Holdon, LA as 15.43"
Lee Also Spawns Tornadoes
The other aspect of Lee has been the number of tornadoes produced since the Labor Day Weekend. Over the holiday weekend itself, 35 tornadoes were reported. Damage and power outages were reported in Alabama and Georgia on Monday. In fact, nearly 200,000 customers were without power at one point on Monday, most of which were from Birmingham, AL - power remained off on Tuesday, which led to the cancellation of school on Tuesday.

Katia Lurks in the Atlantic
Katia became the first Atlantic based hurricane this season to reach category 4 strength this season. This very formidable storm, thankfully, looks to be tracking east of the U.S. through the rest of the week/weekend, but strong rip currents are still possible along the eastern seaboard.

Hurricane Katia Forecast Track

Tropical Depression 14 Develops
Take a look at what the National Hurricane Center is tracking now. Tropical Depression 14 is taking more of a curious track than Katia did. It appears that 14 will become Maria and possibly develop into a hurricane near the Caribbean by the weekend. I a little more concerned with this storm because it is taking more of a southerly track and could very well impact the U.S. if the current forecast holds.

Raging Wildfires Continue
As warm and breezy conditions continue in the Deep South, wildfires continue to rage. The latest information coming out of Texas is astounding as the worst fire season on record continues.

Devastating Texas Fire Continues
With little interruption and little containment, the devastating Bastrop county wildfire continues

Thanks for checking in, have a good rest of the week!Meteorologist Todd Nelson