PM Update: Heavy rain & wind late, then cold
The passage of a warm front has pushed temperatures into the balmy low 60s this afternoon as we now await a cold front that will tear through the region early tomorrow. Don't expect major weather problems for this evening's commute, but tomorrow morning's is likely another story.
Through Tonight: Spotty showers and mild temperatures persist through most of the overnight hours. Temperatures probably stay right around where they are now - in the low 60s to near 60. During the pre-dawn hours, heavy showers and thunderstorms approach the western suburbs. Winds from the south increase from 10-20 mph this evening, to 25-35 mph late tonight, with gusts exceeding 40 mph possible.
Tomorrow (Wednesday): Showers and thunderstorms, a few of which may be severe with damaging winds (isolated wind gusts over 60 mph not out of the question), power through the metro region -- mainly between around 5 and 10 a.m. from west to east. An isolated tornado or two cannot be ruled out. Anticipate heavy downpours and wind gusts over 40 mph followed by falling temperatures. Morning high temperatures around 60 fall into the 40s during the afternoon when winds change direction to out of the northwest at 15-20 mph with some higher gusts.
End of tropical season: Today is the last official day of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season. Yesterday NOAA wrote in a press release: "In the Atlantic Basin a total of 19 named storms formed - tied with 1887 and 1995 for third highest on record. Of those, 12 became hurricanes - tied with 1969 for second highest on record. Five of those reached major hurricane status of Category 3 or higher." It referred to the season as a "gentle giant" since most storms avoided the U.S. coast. Read CWG's recap of the 2010 hurricane season.
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