WeatherFloodwaters Rise as Damage Reports Grow in Katrina’s Wake
By Timothy R. Whitcomb While Katrina’s intensity has significantly reduced since she made landfall along the Gulf Coast early Monday morning, she remains a powerful storm as she moves up the Ohio River Valley toward Eastern Canada and western New England. In addition to the devastating winds and flooding in New Orleans and Mississippi, she has been bringing heavy rain throughout her track, as well as spawning several tornadoes.
Current forecasts put Katrina’s track west of Boston, which places us in the sector of the storm where the counter-clockwise rotation of the winds brings warm air from the south. We will see some strong southerly winds along with the potential for some severe convection and areas of heavy rain.
With the South flooded and the Northeast steamed, it appears the West Coast is basking in the only nice weather left in the Lower 48 — Seattle, WA will be in the mid 70s F (21 C) all week with some scattered clouds and San Diego, CA will reach into the 90s F (32 C), but with dew points at a balmy 60 degrees Fahrenheit (16 C).
Today: High temperature in the mid 80s F (29 C) with high humidity. Showers are likely throughout the day, with a chance of thunder later. Windy with gusts above 25 mph.
Tonight: Lows in the upper 60s F (20 C), still humid. Increased chance of showers and thunderstorms with strong winds remaining.
Tomorrow: Cloudy with patchy fog early, then humid highs in the low 80s F (27 C).