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Boston Weather: 43.0°F | Overcast

Weather: Weather

By Vikram M. Khade

Yesterday the National Hurricane Center issued advisories on tropical storms Kate and Juan. Kate was located near 28.8ºN and 37.6ºW at midday. This storm is expected to move northeast. The estimated minimum central pressure was 991 mB with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph with gusts up to 85 mph. Tomorrow the center of Kate is expected to be near 31.6ºN and 36.8ºW. (MIT is at 42.36ºN and 71.09ºW.)

The center of Juan passed over the southern coast of Nova Scotia west of Halifax Sunday night, with the highest reported winds being 62 mph. The Category 1 hurricane (the weakest possible) was downgraded to a tropical storm shortly after making landfall in the Halifax area around midnight. Juan drenched Prince Edward Island, uprooting trees and cutting power lines. Incidentally, yesterday was election day on the island.

A tropical disturbance associated with a large-surface low-pressure system was centered over the northern Yucatan peninsula and was drifting slowly north-northwest. This could produce a tropical depression when the low emerges into the Gulf of Mexico. This system is likely to produce locally heavy rainfall over the next couple of days.

Extended Forecast

Today: Mostly sunny. High near 64ºF (18ºC).

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows near 48ºF (9ºC).

Tomorrow: Cloudy with few showers. High near 62ºF (17ºC).

Thursday: Partly cloudy with chance of showers. High near 61ºF (16ºC) and low near 43ºF (6ºC).