It’s a beautiful fall day here in Connecticut, but down in the Caribbean, it’s a different story as Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful hurricanes in history, completes its assault on the islands and turns its attention to Florida for later in the weekend. Guidance is coming into good agreement on a landfall in South Florida and a track through the state up into Georgia and potentially the Carolinas. Catastrophic damage is expected to occur throughout the state, and hundreds of thousands are under mandatory evacuation orders, with many many more in a situation where they should leave regardless of what any order may say.
Here is a look at the latest run of the GFS, showing the consensus track for the system. We will see a landfall in Florida by Sunday morning, and the storm will slowly move northwest into the southeastern states before dissipating by midweek.
Meanwhile, in Connecticut, we’re looking at a tranquil weekend. Temperatures will continue to run below normal, with highs a few degrees on either side of 70 for both Saturday and Sunday. Could see a few widely scattered showers tomorrow afternoon, but otherwise conditions will be dry and mostly sunny. Moving into next week, we’ll warm up to start the workweek with highs in the mid 70s on Monday and the upper 70s to lower 80s on Tuesday. We could see some showers on Wednesday as the remnants of Irma make their way north, but nothing even remotely close to hurricane conditions will be seen in Connecticut; if I didn’t tell you these showers were from Irma, they would seem just like any other passing shower. Dry weather returns to end the workweek with highs in the mid 70s on Thursday and upper 70s on Friday.
Saturday: A slight chance of showers, otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s to lower 70s. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s.
Wednesday: A chance of showers, otherwise, partly cloudy, with highs in the mid 70s. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s.
Have a great weekend and thank you for reading SCW!