>While Irene’s Clean Up Continues, We Keep A Close Eye On Newly Formed Tropical Storm Katia and Caribbean Disturbance

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In Today’s Blog

#BRITISH ISLES
UK Locked in a Chilly, Gloomy Pattern with little sunshine and warmth to speak of

#UNITED STATES
Major Cool Shot to take aim at Smoldering Southern Plains, will it last? Pleasant fall-like weather in Northeast

In Today’s News

While Irene’s Clean Up Continues, We Keep A Close Eye On Newly Formed Tropical Storm Katia and Caribbean Disturbance

Well it didn’t take long but we have a new kid on the block, Tropical Storm Katia was born earlier today and she is looking healthy and fairly well organised out over the far eastern Atlantic.

Katia is of course the replacement for infamous Katrina, which ironically struck the Gulf Coast six years ago yesterday, her formation was only hours after the anniversary of that brutal strike on Louisiana and Mississippi.

Over the next 4 or 5 days, Katia will continue on a WNW track, crossing low to mid-80 degree waters and with relatively light shear we should see Katia become our next Hurricane and may well by late week or into the weekend become the season’s next Major Hurricane.

Thankfully Katia is a long way off, many miles away and this gives us time to catch our breathe a little from Irene’s impacts. Although some models take Katia into the western basin and then turn ip northwest, then north, then northeast at the longatude of Bermuda, some are already pushing it a little too far west for comfort, so it’s needs to be watched closely, like I’ve said, it’s a long way off and I shall certainly be keeping you posted on Katia’s prgress day in and day out throughout her life.

As you can see from the above European for NEXT THURSDAY, this current model which of course will change run by run, currently has the system fairly close to the East Coast, the worry could be that as time wears on this week and into particularly early next week, does the model trend go west or east from the current run? I wouldn’t like to think from this run, it starts trending west. Keep checking back. Starting tomorrow in my #Weather Talk segment I shall start a post ‘Katia Watch’ and I shall upload the graphic of the new model run for next Thursday each day and we can see whether the European keeps in west, east or in a similar longitude at point of it’s northward turn.

A disturbance in the western Caribbean Sea is another feature we must watch as models suggest in pushing northwestwards into the warm Gulf of Mexico. If it gets into the Gulf and with near 90 degree fuel in the waters and a light sheared environment, this may also be a player of real concern. I shall have more on this feature in tomorrow’s post, Stay tuned!

Will Katia Be  Threat for the East Coast?
ACCUWEATHER.COM

HURRICANE IRENE: THE AFTERMATH

DEATH TOLL NOW STANDING @ 40

MESSEGE TO THE CRITICS OF IRENE’S WRATH

Those who have said that this storm wasn’t that bad, take yourselves up to New England! You should be ashamed of yourselves! Count yourselves lucky if your not in the mountainous NE. My thoughts and prayers go out to those suffering at this time from either loss of loved ones or their properties and livelihoods.

Rescues, places of refuge mark aftermath of Irene in New York town
CNN

Millions Still Face Power Outages, Major Flooding in Irene’s Wake
FOX NEWS

Irene still leaves many cut off, Powerless
CBS NEWS

Hurricane Irene leaves Vt., NY homeowners, towns stranded
NBC

Irene Flooding: Death Toll Rises to 40
ABC NEWS

In Other News

Weather Disasters Busting the Bank for FEMA
ACCUWEATHER.COM

UK Summer Coolest in 13 Years
ACCUWEATHER.COM

Latest on Southern Plains Heatwave/Drought 2011

Houston’s Remarkable Temp Trend of the last few days

109, 107, 107, today?

Rain could arrive in Houston as soon as Thursday
HOUSTON CHRONICLE

Houston forecast: More triple-digit highs Tuesday, but rain relief on the way
K HOU.COM

Showers again blow through Dallas area, but rain won’t put damper on another triple-digit day
DALLAS MORNING NEWS

THE EXTREMES OF THE DAY

TODAY’S US EXTREMES
COURTESY OF ACCUWEATHER

HIGH: 116° at Ocotillo Wells, CA
LOW: 29° at Boca Reservoir, CA

TODAY’S UK EXTREMES
COURTESY OF THE MET OFFICE

HIGH: 65° (18.5°C) at Strathallan (Perthshire)
LOW: 42° (5.7°C) at Topcliffe (Yorkshire)

TODAY’S EXTREMES HERE AT MY HOUSE

HIGH: 62°
LOW: 50°

Thanks for reading.
-Mark

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