Weather has a way of being dramatically bad in one area and equally pleasant in another. That’s going to be the case over the next several days, as New Englanders enjoy some fantastic October weather while residents of Florida, South Carolina, and some parts of coastal Georgia experience a very powerful hurricane.
Matthew continues to get a bit stronger this afternoon as it moves slowly northward toward the Bahamas, which have hurricane warnings. Warnings are also posted for Florida and could be extended into Georgia and South Carolina soon.
This is a very powerful storm and has the potential to wreck enormous havoc.
The final track of a storm is very tough to predict. We do know that Matthew may come ashore in Florida on Friday, and if the eye does reach land, areas in its path will see tremendous damage from wind and flooding.
Here in New England, Matthew looked like it might impact our weekend weather. However, the latest trend of the computer guidance we use keeps the storm from reaching us and leaves us dry through the weekend. The only chance of rain comes Saturday night from an unrelated weather system.
This could change, but with so many models agreeing that the storm will miss our area, that becomes the most likely scenario. I would keep listening to forecasts over the next few days to be sure this remains the case, but at this point, plan on a nice Columbus Day weekend.
Temperatures will run above normal over the next several days, reaching the lower 70s into Saturday. There will also be a lot of sunshine, making for some nearly ideal October weather. It will turn chillier over the holiday weekend, but I don’t see any widespread frost. And with no significant rain in the forecast, the drought will remain firmly in place.
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