Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Coastal Storm Approaches

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The Weather Alternative forecast for October 5-7, 2006 was prepared in December 2005 and stated "Storms hit from coastal North Carolina and Virginia through the Northeast."

Today Accuweather confirms this long-range forecast.

Following summer's brief return, a coastal storm will batter the central Atlantic states as the workweek draws to a close. After causing showers and thunderstorms to rumble across the Northeast, a cold front will drop into the Tennessee Valley on Thursday (5th). Instead of making a quick passage through the region, an area of low pressure will slow down the front's southward progress. To complicate matters, a strong upper-level storm system will also dive into the region, allowing the low pressure to rapidly intensify as it moves off the North Carolina coast on Friday (6th). As the storm interacts with a strong area of high pressure to the north, the southeastern mid-Atlantic states and northeastern North Carolina will be pounded with heavy rain and high winds Friday into Friday night.

The Weather Alternative also issued some other forecasts for this same time period.

A tropical moisture is indicated over the Bahamas, Cuba, and Jamaica.

Jamaica's Meteorological Service issued the following statement today:

Thur..Tropical Wave passes over the island.

Fri..Surface to upper level trough over Bahamas and Cuba.

Sat..Surface to upper level trough over Bahamas and Cuba.

A storm system will advance into the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West, pushing showers and thunderstorms into those areas.

Accuweather reported today:

The West will also be wet, thanks to a slow moving upper-level low located off the coast of Northern California. As this low works closer to the coast tonight, colder air will be drawn south into California, lowering snow levels in the northern and central Sierra Mountains to 6,000 feet.

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