We couldn’t have planned it any better ourselves. The 3-day Labor Day Weekend is coinciding with an absolutely gorgeous stretch of weather!
The unofficial end to summer is kicking off with some very comfy temperatures this morning. Have a look…
Last hour, Cookeville got as low as 55 degrees!
4WARN Live Doppler’s clear. There are just a few clouds here and there right now.
Humidity is also quite low this morning. Dew points are in the 50s. That means the air is still quite dry. It’ll stay that way all day, too! Then, through the next several days, the mugginess will gradually slide back into the area. I think by late Monday or Tuesday, it’ll feel very humid all over again.
As the humidity increases, so will the temperature. See how it soars into the low-mid 90s on Tuesday and Wednesday? Some communities should get to 94 or 95 on both of those days.
Let’s talk Hermine now! It was a hurricane. Now, it’s a tropical storm, with maximum sustained wind at 60mph.
Notice how high the waves are just offshore. It’ll be a rough day for boaters and an unsafe day for swimmers along much of the eastern seaboard!
Hermine’s emerging out over the open Atlantic Ocean waters as I type, just east of the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
That means it’ll be able to interact with and draw energy from the warm water of the Gulf Stream. The Gulf Stream is essentially an especially warm current of water that moves northeastward along the coast of the southeastern United States. You can see it very clearly in the image below (source: NOAA), as that reddish plume just off the coast of the Carolinas. The warmer the colors, the warmer the water. The black shaded area represents the eastern United States.
SO…it’s likely Hermine will strengthen again…possibly all the way to hurricane intensity. Here’s the National Hurricane Center’s official track/strength prediction. That means we’ll have several more days of monitoring it and keeping you up to date.
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Coming up in just a few moments, Alan Frio and I will be back on for Channel 4 News Today, from 9am until 10am. We hope you join us!