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Don’t Forget Ida

Although this year’s Atlantic hurricane season has been a relatively quiet one, we are reminded in recent days that hurricane season doesn’t end until November 30. After going almost two months without a hurricane due to hostile conditions during the heart of the hurricane season, Hurricane Ida provided the late bloomer punch for this otherwise famished hurricane season. Spawned last Wednesday off the coast of Costa Rica, Ida lashed Nicaragua with heavy rain and waves. Unfortunately, 130 people were killed in El Salvador due to severe flooding there. Ida peaked as a category two storm, which was much stronger than anticipated, as it passed just northeast of Cancun, Mexico into the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday. It is projected to make landfall early today near Mobile, Alabama as a tropical storm. The main impacts will be the heavy rains — possibly up to half a foot (15 cm) — over the southeast as it makes a hard right turn and slows down after moving inland.

Although we typically receive rains from the remnants of tropical storms as they make their way up the East Coast, strong high pressure will set up shop on top of us and prevent any moisture from surging northward toward New England from Ida. The result will be quiet and cool weather for much of the week.

Extended Forecast

Today: Mostly cloudy. NW winds 10–15 mph. High 62°F (17°C).

Tonight: Cloudy. N winds 10–15 mph. Low 44°F (7°C).

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy in the morning, then sunny in the afternoon. N winds 10–15 mph. High 52°F (11°C).

Thursday: Sunny. High 54°F (12°C).

Friday: Sunny then increasing clouds late. High 56°F (13°C).