WeatherRita’s Wrath Ended
By Angela Zalucha
Rita moved onshore Friday night near the Louisiana-Texas border as a category 3 hurricane, dumping 10–15 inches of rain in some parts of southwestern Louisiana and southeastern Texas before dissipating in the lower Mississippi Valley. Baton Rouge, LA recorded a rainfall total of 9.30 inches over the period of last Friday and Saturday, while Shreveport, LA set a daily rainfall record of 5.52 inches on Saturday. The North Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico are mainly quiet at the moment, though there is still time for more tropical excitement as hurricane season does not officially end until Nov. 30. Weakening Tropical Storms Norma and Kenneth churning away in the Eastern and Central Pacific do not pose a serious threat to land.
At home, Boston is on track for having one of the top ten warmest Septembers since records began in 1872. Yesterday’s afternoon high of 74 F was five degrees above average. Don’t let this “hot” weather fool you — autumn is trying to push its way in, and we might see temperatures dip into the 40s F overnight. The system that brought yesterday’s ran will exit the area and leave behind pleasant weather today and tomorrow as high pressure moves in from the Midwest. The next system brings a chance of rain Thursday night.
Today: Mostly sunny and less humid. Highs in the low 70s F (22 C).
Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 40s F (9 C).
Tomorrow: Mostly sunny with clouds increasing. Highs in the low 70s F (22 C).
Tomorrow night: Partly cloudy. Patchy fog. Lows in the mid 50s F (13 C).
Thursday: Partly to mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Highs in the upper 60s F (20 C).