Back to School Week!

It’s been another gorgeous day to enjoy the final moments of summer.  I know it’s #backtoschool for some tomorrow; Worcester, Revere, Peabody (anyone else?  Tweet me @BriEggers!)  BEST of luck on a wonderful start to another successful school year.  I’m breaking out the #busstop forecast tonight on #7News:  I suppose it could be argued that no extra layer is necessary in 66° weather, but if your student gets on the bus with a sweater/jacket – I can almost guarantee that sweater/jacket comes home crumpled up in the brand new backpack (or doesn’t make it home at all!)  Highs tomorrow will be in the upper 80s to near 90°!

Many of us were hoping this “chance of rain” we have/had overnight tonight into early tomorrow would produce SOMETHING we could talk about.  Unfortunately, it has become increasingly unlikely that many – if any – of us see any raindrops in the next couple-few days.  It’s about a 10% chance for isolated showers or sprinkles to work in overnight, but it looks like that 10% chance is really for NE Mass… and not for our #7News viewing area.  *sigh*  We’ll have to wait and see what Wed/Thurs brings.

Monday is a muggy start with a sunny & hot finish.  I mentioned highs flirting with 90° tomorrow.  Another very summer-like day in store for us, and maybe you will make it to the beach!  The weather looks great for a beach day, but please be advised:  There is a moderate risk for rip currents tomorrow and waves generally 3-5′ due to the churning of the waters by Hurricane Gaston (now a category 3, and our first major hurricane of the season).

Speaking of the Tropics, things are really starting to escalate.  There are currently 3 areas of particular interest to watch and track over the coming days.  First, as I mentioned, Hurricane Gaston is now a Cat 3.  While the track of this storm will very soon be to the ENE, it will send some surf in our direction… Not a threat to land and not any direct impact for the U.S.  We’re also watching Tropical Depression Eight and Tropical Depression Nine.  Last night I talked a little about “Invest 91-L” and we’ve been hearing about “Invest 99-L” for a few days now.

Well, T.D. Eight is well off the coast of the Carolinas, but is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm either Monday or early Tuesday.  It then is expected to track along the Outer Banks of North Carolina before heading NE.  Again, not a direct impact for us here in New England, and also not expected to become a hurricane.  Now, to T.D. Nine, formerly known is “Invest 99-L,” is also expected to strengthen into a tropical storm either tomorrow or Tuesday.  Whichever reaches max sustained wind-speeds of 39mph+ will be our 8th named storm, Hermine.  The next named storm will be called “Ian.”  Just FYI, here’s a breakdown of tropical cyclone classifications.  Remember, a storm isn’t “named” until it reaches tropical storm status = wind speed of 39mph-73mph:

It’s time… getting into the “heat” of hurricane season.  We’ll be watching all of this activity (and likely talking about it on #7News) for the next several weeks.

Back closer to home, as I briefly mentioned, our next chance for rain arrives overnight Wednesday into Thursday (and is NOT, I repeat NOT, directly from any of this tropical activity).  A cold front moves through in that time frame, and looks as though it could stall over our area on Thursday morning.  We’ll keep crossing our fingers that we can get some of this much needed rain!  That cold front is followed by a period of more fall-like weather to end the week!  I know you may not be stoked that 90° is the forecast high for tomorrow, but how does “mid-70s” sound for Friday/Saturday?!  Have a great start to your work-week (and back-to-school!!)  – Breezy