Hurricane Nate downgraded to tropical storm, continues path on land

Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 8:35 AM
Updated: Sunday, October 08, 2017 @ 5:26 PM

Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist is tracking Hurricane Nate which is expected to make landfall tonight between New Orleans and Mobile Bay. As of 5pm EDT, the storm was a strong category 1 storm with 90 mph maximum sustained winds. Some slight strengthening is possible before landfall. The storm will weaken rapidly as it makes landfall, but still bring locally heavy rain into parts of Ohio and the Miami Valley late Sunday into Monday.

UPDATE @ 5:10 p.m. (Oct. 8)

Tropical Storm Nate continues to move north through as tropical storm and surge warnings for Southeast Louisiana and South Mississippi were canceled Sunday morning.

Natenever reached the Category 2 level forecasters expected, according to the National Weather Service, and began weakening overnight.

Social media posts from those living in parts of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi showed flooding and storm surges, but nothing near the destruction originally expected.

While the storm lost strength quickly, the National Weather Service reports Nate earned the distinction of the fastest moving Hurricane the Gulf of Mexico has ever seen.

UPDATE @ 8:15 p.m. (Oct. 7)

Hurricane Nate made landfall at the mouth of the Mississippi River as a Category 1 storm with winds of 85 mph.

The National Hurricane Center said that Nate is expected to make a second landfall along the Mississippi coast later tonight. Evacuations have been ordered along the central Gulf Coast.

UPDATE @ 6:20 p.m. (Oct. 7)

Hurricane Nate is expected to strengthen into a Category 2 hurricane at landfall tonight along the northern Gulf coast, the National Hurricane Center reported.

The storm’s top sustained winds were 90 mph as of earlier today.

Some oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico are being shut down as the hurricane churns toward the U.S. mainland, the Associated Press reported. About one-fifth of U.S. oil is produced in the Gulf.

UPDATE @ 11:50 p.m. (Oct. 6)

The National Hurricane Center reported late Friday that Nate is now a hurricane with maximum winds estimated at 75 mph.

UPDATE @ 1:10 p.m. (Oct. 6) 

Tropical Storm Nate is pulling away from the Honduras coastline and moving closer to the Yucatan Peninsula, according to the Friday update from the National Hurricane Center.

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Nate will bring heavy rain, damaging winds, storm surge and life threatening flash flooding to the Yucatan Peninsula region later today.

Hurricane Nate Heading to U.S.

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The storm will move north into the Gulf of Mexico early Saturday, then is expected to intensify to a hurricane before making landfall near New Orleans late Saturday or Sunday. Direct impacts will also be damaging winds, heavy rain, and significant storm surge.

Tropical Storm Nate turns deadly

The Miami Valley is expected see the remnants of this storm late Sunday night into Monday as it tracks to the south. The greatest threats locally will be heavy rain and gusty winds. 

EARLIER REPORT

A tropical depression that developed off the coast of Costa Rica has strengthened to become Tropical Storm Nate, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

The National Hurricane Center is expecting Nate to directly impact Nicaragua and Honduras today. Rain could exceed 20 inches in Nicaragua with as much as a foot possible near Honduras and eventually the Yucatan Peninsula. 

Tropical storm force winds extend 60 miles out from the center of the storm. Strengthening is possible as the storm moves north through the Gulf. Heavy rain, strong winds and dangerous storm surge will be possible up to the northern Gulf Coast, but specific placement and impacts are yet to be determined.

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A long range track does show the left over moisture/the remnants from Nate bringing an increased chance for rain to the start of next week here in the Miami Valley. This could change as well.

Cold morning, but temps in 40s expected this weekend

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 3:34 AM

Thinking of the warmer weather? Here's what you can expect this weekend!

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Cold, dry morning
  • Warming up into the weekend
  • Rain showers by Sunday

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DETAILED FORECAST

Today: It will be a quiet and cold morning, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Most will start off in the upper single digits. It will be a nice afternoon with sunshine and temperatures around 30, which is closer to normal.

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Friday: It won’t be as cold in the morning and most will start with temperatures in the upper teens. There will be sunshine and clouds increasing through the day. Highs will be in the mid-30s, which is back to normal. It will be a nice, dry end to the week.

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Saturday: It will be a beautiful start to the weekend. It will be a mild day with highs in the mid to upper 40s. There will be sunshine and scattered clouds, but it will stay dry during the day. We could see a few light showers at night.

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Sunday: Another system will bring some scattered rain showers to the day. Highs will be in the upper 40s and it will be breezy.

Monday: It will be a wet morning commute with steadier showers moving through during the first half of the day. Highs will be in the upper 40s in the morning and continue to fall. We could see some gusty winds and some possible wet snow showers toward the end of the night.

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WPAFB Thursday Forecast: Cold start ahead of warming trend

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 3:43 AM

Sunshine is back in the forecast today with temperatures starting out chilly, said Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.

A slow warming trend will get underway with highs rebounding to near 30 degrees during the afternoon.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Dry and seasonably weather is in the forecast Friday with mostly sunny skies and highs in the middle 30s.

Saturday will start with sunshine but clouds will be on the increase late in the day. Showers will move in to wrap up the weekend.

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Despite the rain chances, temperatures will soar into the upper 40s this weekend before colder weather returns early next week.

Another cold night, but gradual warm-up coming

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 3:51 AM
Updated: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 11:50 PM

Temperatures slowly climb towards the weekend.

Wind chills will fall to around zero degrees under mainly clear skies overnight, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Another cold night ahead
  • Dry, temperatures approach freezing Thursday
  • Warm-up continues, chance for rain this weekend

>> WHIO Doppler 7 HD Interactive Radar

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

DETAILED FORECAST

Thursday: Sunny skies return with a slow warm-up getting underway. Highs will be near 30 degrees by late afternoon.

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Thursday at a Glance(Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

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Friday: Mostly sunny and breezy at times with highs reaching the middle 30s.

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Saturday: Clouds increase through the day with temperatures in the lower 40s. 

Thursday Morning(Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

Sunday: Cloudy skies with a chance for rain showers. Highs will be above normal in the upper 40s. 

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Monday: Cloudy skies, gusty winds, and rain showers during the day. Highs will reach near 50 degrees early, but will fall in the afternoon. Rain may mix with, or briefly change to snow, before tapering off Monday evening. 

Next Storm System(Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

WPAFB Wednesday Forecast: Cold today, warming trend underway

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 1:03 AM

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While temperatures will still be quite cold, a slow warming trend will get underway today, said Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Some sunshine will return to the area and after starting in the single digits, temperatures will rebound to near 20 degrees this afternoon.

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Skies will be mainly clear tonight through Thursday with temperatures climbing back into the upper 20s Thursday. The warming trend will continue into Friday and through the weekend with highs nearing 50 degrees by Sunday. There will be a slight chance for some patchy light rain or drizzle late Saturday into Sunday.