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Weather: Ain't It a Mitch?

By Greg Lawson and Bill Ramstrom
Staff Meteorologists

Yesterday was a reminder that we are indeed in autumn - unfortunately last weekend's conditions can't continue forever. A small vorticity anomaly over western New York will bring us mostly cloudy to overcast skies this afternoon. Fear not, it may look like rain, but we should stay dry. As a large high pressure center moves off the coast of Nova Scotia, our winds will shift from easterly to southerly.

Hurricane Mitch, which was located near the north coast of Honduras last night, has strengthened into the strongest Atlantic hurricane in 10 years, with sustained winds of 180 mph. This places Mitch in the company of only a few other infamous Atlantic hurricanes to reach Category 5 strength, the maximum possible. He is currently drifting slowly in the Western Caribbean, and is forecast to remain in that area, and out to sea, for the next three days, weakening slightly. Mitch is located over a deep patch of warm ocean water; this has enabled him to attain this strength, and should allow him to maintain wind speeds of at least 140 mph during the next couple of days. That is approximately the strength with which Hurricane Andrew in 1992 devastated South Florida. If Mitch makes landfall at the current strength, damage would be catastrophic in the region closest to the center.

Today: Looming clouds by early afternoon. Easterly winds shift to southerly. High 55F (13C).

Tonight: Clouds clearing late. Southwesterly winds established. Low 48F (9C).

Wednesday: Pleasant. Mostly sunny becoming partly sunny. High 65F (18C).

Thursday Outlook: Cooling trend with in