Weather: Get Your Pumpkin Spice on Ice (9/20/2017)

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Weekend Record Highs as of September 20 2017

Wednesday’s weather in the North Country was fairly quiet. A slight taste of mugginess did return along with some mid and high clouds. Otherwise, there weren’t any issues with highs in the middle & upper 70s. Wednesday night, areas of fog will form, especially near rivers. Meanwhile, lows will be in the middle & upper 50s.

High pressure will get stronger over the area on Thursday and stick with us through the beginning of next week! That means a prolonged stretch of sunshine, highs in the 70s & 80s and lows in the 50s & 60s. In fact, there are now signs of a big dome of heat building by Saturday. Some of us have the chance at touching 90° Sunday and Monday. Fall officially starts at 4:02pm on Friday, Mother Nature has other plans.

In the tropics, Jose is a tropical storm with max sustained winds of 60mph, continues to spin in the northwest Atlantic. Jose’s largest impact remains big waves (5-10′), coastal erosion and dangerous rip currents from the Mid-Atlantic to Maine. Highest inland rain totals should remain around 1-2″ in southeastern Massachusetts. Also on Thursday, winds will gust near 40-60mph in southeastern Massachusetts & Rhode Island. The center will stay well offshore through the weekend but the fact that it’s meandering for a while means the ocean will stay agitated for several more days. Your beach plans might get canceled. It’s interesting to note that Jose was a hurricane for 12 days. That’s good enough to make it the longest lived hurricane in the Atlantic Basin since Hurricane Frances in 1980.

Hurricane Maria has ravaged Puerto Rico and continues to move northwest. The mountains of Puerto Rico did work to weaken Maria, it is still a category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 110mph. The strongest part of Maria should miss Hispaniola to the north but hurricane force winds are expected on the northern side of the island. Maria will restrengthen into a major category 3 hurricane as it approaches the Turks & Caicos islands Thursday, hurricane warnings have been issued. The storm will then turn more to the north, before it gets to the Bahamas. It’s expected to be between South Carolina & Bermuda Monday afternoon. The east coast will continue to monitor Maria closely.

-Chief Meteorologist Sean Parker

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