Hurricane Joaquin Lurks as Meteorologists Disagree Over Threat to US

30 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

5 THINGS TO KNOW.

Tropical Storm Joaquin strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane Wednesday morning — but meteorologists remain divided about whether it is likely to smash into the East Coast.The House is poised to pass a government funding bill Wednesday — without the provision to defund Planned Parenthood — and avert a government shutdown. Joaquin — the third hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season — is packing sustained winds of 75 mph as it lurks about 250 miles east of the Bahamas, according to the National Weather Service. House and Senate leaders plan to meet soon with President Obama to try to reach some kind of agreement on future spending levels to try to prevent this funding crisis from happening again.

This isn’t a knock on the state of forecasting – the practice of figuring out what trillions upon trillions of air molecules are going to do days in advance. Before Joaquin arrives on the scene — or not, as the case may be — an area from Maine to North Carolina was set for a separate round of rainfall that had already started overnight Tuesday into Wednesday in some areas. This system was the result of a complex cocktail of “moving parts,” according to Fortier, including a cold front in the east and low pressure in the South that has already caused heavy rainfall there. A dreaded day for many NASCAR fans arrives Wednesday: Tony Stewart will announce his intentions Wednesday to step away after the 2016 season, sources tell USA TODAY. Ahead of Joaquin (wah-KEEN), rain from other weather systems will soak much of the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Appalachians on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

You may have caught some of those ‘spaghetti plot’ images showing its future path splayed out in all directions – from out to sea to crashing due west. When you take a step back and do this, you notice that even though models are all seeing different paths, they’re all quite similar in the main players involved.

It’s not out of the question that the storm could quickly jump to a Category 2 hurricane, and in a ‘worst case’ scenario even get to ‘Major’ Cat 3 status. That’s a big area for now, but the idea is to raise the alarm that people should be vigilant and proactive in their preparations, so as to not wait until it’s too late to get ready.

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