Thursday Rain Chance & Dean

Showers and thundershowers moved across the area this morning and an approaching cold front will help to trigger additional scatttered activity later today. The SPS has placed the region in the “Slight Risk” category for severe storms today & tonight.

Hurricane Dean continues its’ westward trek, showing signs of better organization and strength. Two planes will be flying into the storm today; an Air Force Hurricane Hunter and a NOAA research aircraft.

Hurricane forecasters expect Dean to become a major hurricane as it moves through the Caribbean in a more or less westward path over the next 5 days. The 11:00am forecast calls for winds gusting to around 165 mph before the storm moves on to the Yucatan coast.

Longer range computer models appear to be settling on a generally westward path across the southern Gulf of Mexico toward the Mexican coast just south of Texas.

Neal & Sandra will have updates today & tomorrow on WBAL-TV’s regular newscasts. Weather is availabe 24/7 on WBAL-TV InstaWeather Plus on WBAL-TV digital 11-2, Comcast Digital 208, Verizon FiOS 860 and an available live stream on this web site.

John Collins

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