Thursday, June 9, 2011

Non-tropical development part of the Heat Wave's end

At first I wondered how being a believer in the Caribbean could be so wrong. Today the storm system has blossomed into a non-tropical "Nor'easter".  It probably will pass far offshore of the eastern seaboard but we will reap the benefit of winds that become more northerly and NE.  This means ... cooler air!

Here is a satellite water vapor image of the storm.  Note how the deep positively tilted trough to the west of the storm is ventilating it.  The storm is asymmetric with outflow to the NE and is obviously being powered by non-tropical influences. 
Image Source: University of Wiconsin SSEC
As the trough trailing the storm lifts NE we can expect cooler and wet weather next week.  The rain is definitely welcome as well as an end to the heat wave.

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