Still really dry. Slight chance of storms tomorrow, cooler Saturday, then warming back up. Rita is truly Historic! May see first true cold intrusion next week.
Summary: dry conditions continue. This is getting rough as it is the time of year to plant grass! The deficit link: http://cirrus.dnr.state.sc.us/images/30dPDeptSERCC.png A cooler Saturday is on tap, but then warming back to above normal. Areas could see 90 degrees tomorrow! There are hints at the first real cool intrusion of air next week!
Tropics: Rita reached her Historical Status last night as she became the 3rd strongest Atlantic hurricane on record. She is a massive storm and her track on models has really shifted north this morning. I am concerned that this may be a bit, if not a lot, overdone. The good news is that a storm rarely can stay Category 5 long so HOPEFULLY the system will weaken some before a landfall, but she will still be a Cat 3 or 4 at landfall. There are also signs that she will have some shearing that could weaken her a bit. No need to belabor the point, this will do devastating things where she hits. http://hurricane.methaz.org/hurapak/AAL182005_impact.png . Also, she could potentially stall after moving a bit inland. Needless to say there is a lot of uncertainty on her track: Latest models http://hurricane.methaz.org/hurapak/AAL182005_perf.html Just start praying for her victims. She is beautiful though: A high resolution Satellite from yesterday: http://rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/gallery/?2005264-0921/Rita.A2005264.1610.1km.jpg A log through the advisories and pictures can be found here. Interesting: http://www.usawx.com/thejourney134.htm
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