Saturday Tropics

Hurricane Bill continues its’ track off the U.S. coast.GOESsatBill is several hundred miles off the Maryland coast with winds clocked at 100mph, a category two storm. Not much strengthening is expected from this point on and the storm should weaken an bit as it approaches the Canadian Maritime Provinces. The black speck at the lower right in the picture is Bermuda. The far outer rain bands of Bill hit the island yesterday.

The churning action of the storm over the Atlantic waters will produce high surf and dangerous rip currents along the Mid Atlantic and northeast coast of the U.S.

The satellite image shows considerable cloudiness over the east coast of the U.S. A couple of surface boundaries (cold fronts) are progressing slowly eastward.

namussfcwbgAs Bill moves farther to the northeast these fronts will eventually move through and the threat of rain will end. The air mass is extremely tropical in nature and heavy rains and some flooding are possible until the frontal passage. Much less humid air will start to filter into the region Sunday.

John Collins

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