Category Archives: Weather

Hurricane Irma closing in on Florida Keys, coming into Tennessee next Tuesday

As of this posting, Hurricane Irma is back to a Category 5, with 160MPH sustained winds.

Overnight last night it moved on a more westerly track, putting its eye over the Florida Keys and the Gulf side of Florida’s peninsula.

Hurricane Irma (via The Weather Channel)

It is still projected to strike Florida as a Category 5, or a high Category 4 when it makes landfall.

As of 11PM EDT on 9/8/2017, LOCATION: 22.1°N, 77.7°W – 120 mi ESE of CAIBARIEN CUBA.

As it makes its way north through Florida over the weekend, East Tennesseans will want to pay attention early next week as forecast models have the remnants of Irma over northern Georgia and/or Alabama and into Tennessee late Monday through Tuesday. In some models, the center of Irma could come into Tennessee, drift West, then turn towards the East, possibly bringing tropical storm-force winds, and dumping torrential rainfall in the area and causing flooding issues as it changes directions.

Forecast models showing various possible paths of Irma (via weather Underground)

Irma’s death toll stands at 22 but it may climb as it makes partial landfall in Cuba before crossing into Florida.

Stay tuned to your local television and radio outlets, listen to NOAA Weather Radio for the latest, and listen to East Tennessee SKYWARN on 146.940 (alternate 146.625 MHz) as conditions warrant.

Hurricane Irma slams Caribbean, eyes Florida, 2 more Hurricanes in Tropics

Florida is bracing as Hurricane Irma, the strongest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded, is feared to hit Florida on Sunday.

The hurricane “remains a dangerous and life-threatening Category 5” storm, Florida Gov. Rick Scott warned Wednesday night at a briefing. Forecast models have put the storm on a track to hit Florida over the weekend, but meteorologists have warned its path could change.

Scott said Florida is “at least 48 hours away from feeling the effects of this massive system.” The Florida Keys, he said, could feel the effects of the storm Friday night and early Saturday.

Read more (via FoxNews):  http://fxn.ws/2eMy7wW


While the forecast track currently has Irma going up the Atlantic side of Florida’s coast, should the Hurricane go further west and then come up the Gulf of Mexico and into the Panhandle, it could affect East Tennessee as it comes north. Please stay tuned over the weekend as Irma comes ashore and tracks up the coastline one side or the other of Florida.


Hurricane Jose is as of now a Category 1 storm, trekking along the same path as Irma, but predicted to go further north than Irma currently is going.

 

Hurricane Jose

Hurricane Katia has formed in the Gulf of Mexico, and is forecast to make landfall in Mexico over the weekend, as it moves slowly southwest.

via WYFF TV: The [National] Hurricane Center says the storm is expected to bring torrential rains during the next few days primarily to the state of Veracruz, which spans along Mexico’s central Gulf coast.

Hurricane Katia

Katia currently presents no threat to the US.

 

Amateur Radio Preparations Continue for Category 4 Hurricane Harvey; Flooding Most Significant Fear

As now-Category 4 Hurricane Harvey bears down on his state, ARRL South Texas Section Manager Lee Cooper, W5LHC, reports that all 97 South Texas counties are on alert, with many preparing to assist coastal areas as needed. The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) remains active in “Catastrophic Response Mode” on both 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz. The VoIP Hurricane Net activated today (connect at *WX_TALK* Echolink conference node: 7203/IRLP 9219. Stations on All-Star can connect to the Echolink side of the system by dialing *033007203). The Southern Territory SATERN Net will activate at least for one day on Saturday, from 0900 until 2000 CT on its regular frequency of 7.262 MHz. WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center activated at 2100 UTC on Friday.

“Our West Gulf Division Communications Task Forces (Rapid Response Teams) are preparing for possible activation into any devastated areas,” Cooper told ARRL. “Several emergency operations centers (EOCs) are activated, and most others are on alert and preparing to activate as needed. The state EOC is activated and fully operational. Army MARS is ramping up and getting ready to deploy to assist in evacuations.”

Read more:

via American Radio Relay League | Ham Radio Association and Resources http://ift.tt/2vxbA9s

Solar Eclipse TODAY – Special Weather Statement

With the Solar Eclipse occurring in just a few hours, there is a Heat Advisory issued by the National Weather Service:

…Practice Heat Safety and Protect Against Sunburn Today…

A ridge of high pressure will remain across the Tennessee Valley and southern Appalachians today producing mostly dry, mostly sunny, and very warm afternoon temperatures. Heat indices will climb to 90 to 95 degrees across much of the area.

Due to the widespread eclipse viewing across the region and many outside venues, heat exposure and exhaustion will be a concern. Drink plenty of liquids and take frequent breaks in shaded areas as often as possible. Never leave people or pets unattended in your vehicle. Look before you lock.

The mostly sunny sky will also allow for high ultraviolet radiation conditions today. The potential of sunburn is high so wear sunscreen and hat to protect yourself from the suns rays.

Stay tuned to NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio and your local media for the latest weather conditions.

Forecasts call for mostly clear skies today, with very high temperatures. Please take extra water with you wherever you plan to observe.

Enjoy the show!

Tornadoes hit New Orleans

At least 6 tornadoes hit the New Orleans area in Louisiana on Tuesday. East New Orleans was especially hard hit as hundreds of buildings were damaged or destroyed and over 10,000 customers were without power.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency in the wake of the storms.

Videos of the tornadoes are being posted on social media:


 

 



The tornadoes also hit the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility as well:


 

Dave Schwartz, Beloved Meteorologist for The Weather Channel, Succumbs to Cancer

The weather community is mourning the loss of Dave Schwartz, who spent more than 20 years as an on-air meteorologist for The Weather Channel. After battling cancer for 10 years, Schwartz passed away Saturday.

A Philadelphia native and graduate of Temple and Mississippi State universities, Schwartz always knew he wanted to be a meteorologist.

“I’ve always been a weather ‘geek’,” Schwartz said during an interview for his biography. “Skywatching, and watching The Weather Channel. I built a weather forecasting kit from Radio Shack my father bought me.”

Schwartz was known for his friendly on-air demeanor and often referred to viewers as “my friend” before giving forecasts. His laidback style and sense of humor quickly made him a fan favorite at The Weather Channel.

Read more: http://wxch.nl/2aAN1CH

WATE: Storm damages buildings in Seymour

Severe thunderstorms that moved through East Tennessee Friday evening caused damage to several buildings in Seymour.

Photos submitted to WATE 6 On Your Side by viewer Matt Kiser showed damage at a Dollar General building on Chapman Highway. Photos showed damage to the roof and debris from other nearby buildings. A stained glass window blew out at nearby Seymour First Baptist Church and numerous broken and fallen trees were reported.

Read more: http://bit.ly/29wYJfT