By Brian H. Tang
Tropical Storm Ernesto made landfall in the Florida Keys yesterday afternoon. Ernesto is not the beast of its predecessor, Hurricane Katrina, which stuck one year ago yesterday morning. The difference can mostly be attributed to the time each storm spent over warm water, which is the energy source needed to sustain and intensify tropical storms and hurricanes. Katrina spent much of its life over the very warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and was able to strengthen rapidly, whereas Ernesto found itself over Haiti and Cuba shortly before striking Florida and so did not have a chance to organize into a strong hurricane.
Even with the wind subsiding, inland flooding can be a huge problem with slow-moving tropical storms. Ernesto is projected to move very slowly over the Mid-Atlantic States which may lead to rainfall totals in excess of one foot in the region. Some rain from Ernesto may eventually make it into New England as well this weekend. Until then, take advantage of the next few days of dry, mild weather.
Today: Morning clouds clearing in the afternoon. High 74�F (23�C).
Tonight: Mostly clear. Low 57�F (14�C).
Tomorrow: Partly cloudy. High 70�F (21�C).
Friday: Mostly sunny. High 68�F (20�C). Low 56�F (13�C).