Thursday, September 7 Midday Forecast

Another beautiful fall-like day!

High pressure continues to take control of our weather, leaving sunshine in the Ozarks! The high-pressure center shifts to the east today, kicking a westerly wind. That will mean some warmer temperatures for us, about 5 degrees warmer than yesterday but still about 10 degrees below normal.

High in Springfield today: 77 degrees with lots of sunshine!

 

 

Tonight clear skies and dry air will have us cool again, but with south and west flow we won't be as chilly! Lows will get into the middle 50's tonight.

Tomorrow, much of the same! Temperatures continue to nudge up a bit on a southerly wind, highs will get into the lower 80's with sunshine.

 

 

We'll stay in this cool, dry pattern as we head through the week. Our upper-level weather makers get stuck in a traffic jam as Irma passes to the east.

 

 

Irma is still a very strong Category 5 storm with 175 mph sustained winds, gusts upwards of 230 mph. Yesterday Irma made landfall in the eastern Caribbean islands: Barbuda, St. Martin, and Antigua all took direct hits and have devastating damage. Puerto Rico was spared the worst of the wind with the eye passing just to the north. Heavy rain and landslide potential have been a concern for them.

Irma will continue to track west, taking aim at Turks and Caicos and the northern coast of Hispaniola today. The Bahamas and Cuba are up next with dangerous wind, surge, and rain by Friday.

 

 

Then Irma is expected to take a turn north towards South Florida, where Hurricane Watches are now in effect. Uncertainty lies in where the center of the storm will track. Whether it slides up the west coast of the peninsula, east coast, or right up the spine could mean very different impacts. Regardless, Floridians should, and have been urged, to prepare for the worst.

Any landfall would be by Sunday.

After Florida Irma heads north towards Georgia and the Carolinas early next week.

 

 

 


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