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Weather - Not Tonight, Josephine!


Not Tonight, Josephine!

By Gerard Roe
Staff Meteorologist

A late-season burst of activity sees tropical storm Josephine barrelling up the east coast and producing an early October soaking for the seaboard states. Moving at 70 mph (112 kmh), Josephine was close to hurricane strength as of last night, and may well pass that mark before landfall, which will be on the Florida panhandle.

As the system plows northward, it will get picked up by the deepening mid-level flow which will send it flying northeastward, roughly parallel to the east coast. At least it will be a quick hit - the translational speed of Josephine is a rapid 40 knots (75 kmh). The region will cloud up from this morning onwards, and rain will begin to spread across the area by early tonight.

Increasing in intensity after midnight, precipitation totals of 23 inches (67.5 cm) can be expected. This downpour will be accompanied by winds approaching gale force - over 30 mph (50 kmh) - particularly overnight and tomorrow morning. There will be a brief respite tomorrow night and Thursday morning before another, considerably smaller cyclonic system threatens rain later on Thursday. The weekend should see clearer but somewhat colder weather pushing in from the West.

Today: Becoming overcast during the morning, with light winds. Rain spreading in from the south by late evening. Winds becoming easterly and picking up in strength. High 66F (19C).

Tonight: Rain, and heaps of it, after midnight. Becoming very windy, 3035 mph (4856 kmh) and potentially higher gusts. Temperature around 60F (16C).

Wednesday: Lots of wind and rain until at least mid-afternoon. Then some clearing. High 61F (16C). Low 47F (8C).

Thursday: Partly sunny, then becoming cloudy. Chance of light rain developing around midday. High mid 50s (14C). Low around 40F (4C).