From “Drought” to “Flood?”

Did anyone catch that Flood Advisory that was posted earlier today (it is NOT posted now, so don’t freak out)?  We actually were able to pick up some beneficial rainfall in the last 24 hours!  The only problem is, when you go from really DRY weather to really WET weather, you can expect ponding on roads and drainage issues… which is why the advisory was up when the heaviest rain was falling this morning.  Here’s a look at some of the reports from observation sites:

Not bad!  Not bad at all.  Of course, the much-needed rainfall did arrive on the weekend… but who’s complaining?
Well, I guess I’m complaining a little.  A dreary, gloomy, misty day like today doesn’t do a whole lot for the mood that is fueled by sunshine.  Unfortunately, the sunshine stays away for a couple more days… but the good news is, tomorrow should be “less wet” than today.  That’s actually GREAT news, because we’ve got big plans for Sunday!  See you a the Making Strides Walk, starting at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade.  It’s a “rolling start” as all Sunday mornings should be… just get there when you get there between 8 and 10am and bring your walking shoes… and umbrella (just in case).  We’ll be there, rain or shine or drizzle.

Tomorrow will be cloudy and cool again, but we’re not expecting the beneficial rainfall we had last night and today.  There’s still a chance for some quick scattered showers, but really I expect more drizzle than anything.  Monday may feature some peeks of sunshine, but there’s still about a 30% chance of scattered showers to start the work week.  Will this pattern ever end?  YES!  It looks like the sunshine returns by Tuesday afternoon and sticks around through the end of the week.  But don’t expect to break out the shorts and flip-flops again.  It seems as though fall is here to stay (for now) with highs in the 60s throughout next week.

The big ??? come at the end of the 7day forecast, as we still are watching Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean.  The storm is currently a Category 4 hurricane, and last night it was a Cat 5 (the strongest the Atlantic Basin has seen since Felix in 2007).  This storm is a monster, and it’s making its way north toward Jamaica and Haiti.  We’re still a ways out from nailing down any details on the expected track of Matthew past Wednesday/Thursday, when it is expected to be tracking through the Bahamas.

[Image of 5-day forecast and coastal areas under a warning or a watch]

*** Image from the National Hurricane Center

Yes, any storm that moves through the Bahamas should give the entire East Coast a “heads up.”  But again – it’s still too far out.  IF (and that’s a big IF) Matthew moves in our direction, it wouldn’t derail our forecast until next weekend (at the earliest).  This is still just one hand in a full deck of cards!  Trust me – we’ll give you the very latest information as it becomes available.  That’s what we do.

Have a great Sunday and I’ll see you for #MakingStrides tomorrow!  Make sure to say “HI!!”  – Breezy