Weather: Weekend WeatherBy Nikki PrivÉ
STAFF METEOROLOGIST -- The wind and clouds earlier this week were associated with Hurricane Gustav, which has now moved off to the northeast. A region of high pressure will sit off the East coast today and tomorrow, bringing clear skies, low humidity, and mild temperatures. Late on Sunday, an approaching cold front fed with tropical moisture from the Gulf of Mexico may bring significant rain showers overnight and into Monday.
Although strong winds from Gustav brought down numerous trees and power lines in the area this week, the “Great Atlantic Hurricane” of 1944 was a considerably more threatening storm. This extremely large and powerful hurricane harried the entire eastern seaboard during the week of September 13-15, breaking numerous pressure and wind records from the Carolinas to New England. Aircraft reconnaissance indicated that the hurricane had a diameter 600 miles wide, with winds about 150 mph and central pressure of 909 mb. In contrast, Gustav had maximum sustained winds near 90 mph, with gusts near 50 mph recorded in Boston.
Today: Warm, sunny, windy during the afternoon, high in the low 80s F (28°C).
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low around 60°F (16°C).
Saturday: Sunny, highs in the upper 70s F (25°C). Overnight lows in the low 60s F (17°C).
Sunday: Partly cloudy to start, then increasing clouds and a chance of showers in the evening. Highs in the mid 70s F (23°C).
Monday: Cloudy with continued chance of rain, highs in the low 70s F (22°C).