Friday, October 7, 2011

Not your typical Nor'easter! Batten Down the Hatches

Good Friday morning! It was quite a wake-up call this morning with some thunder and heavy downpours for some of us. This activity will only increase and become  more widespread as we head through the weekend into next week. We have a local nor'easter that is just starting to crank up.

But this is a nor'easter with an attitude. Instead of only lasting a day or two this one could be a five day event with improving conditions not moving our way until at least Tuesday of next week. We are not only concerned about beach erosion and coastal flooding but inland flooding and drainage problems at the times of high tide this weekend.

It is easy to see why with the latest models showing the heaviest rain forecast I have seen all year long. That is right! Some areas could see in excess of a half-foot of rain. Some areas will see twice our normal amount of monthly rain in less than a week. If there is good news is that this could be a real drought-buster for many. We are still in a 10 inch deficit in many portions of Florida since 2010, while many areas in southeast Georgia need 20 inches of rain to finally break the drought.

This nor'easter will be energized by a tropical low pressure forming along an old stationary front in the Florida Straights. This will move northward by late Sunday into Monday. So believe it or not the worst of this nor'easter may in fact hold off until after the Jags game which would be nice! Now if this subtropical low pressure is named Rina it will not become a hurricane but the bad news is it will enhance our flooding, wind and beach erosion. 

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