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A weak cold front was draped across eastern New Mexico and West Texas this afternoon. A few widely scattered t-storms are firing up in the vicinity of this frontal boundary, and surface trough in SE NM, as a weak upper level disturbance moves into the area. Widely scattered t-storms should continue to increase across the local area this afternoon before dying out later this evening. These storms will have the ability to produce wind gusts near 50 mph, frequent cloud to ground lightning strikes, and perhaps a few heavy downpours.
Very little has changed in the overall thinking concerning our local weather for the rest of this week, as well as the weather across the area this weekend. Bottom line is that it will continue to remain hot and dry. A few scattered t-storms will dot the mountains but overall most us should not see rain after this evening. High temperatures tomorrow into the weekend will range from 100 -105. A cold front moving southward into the area late Sunday or early Monday, may cool us down a few degrees early next week, and increase our chances for t-storms. If we are lucky our high temperatures on Monday may only be in the mid 90's.
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Category 3 Hurricane Irene was located 575 miles south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina at 3 PM MDT. Irene is moving off to the NNW at 14 mph. She has sustained winds of 115 mph with gusts near 140 mph. Her central pressure is down to 950 millibars or 28.05 inches of mercury.
"There is potential for the worst hurricane impacts in 50 years along the northern part of the Atlantic Seaboard as Irene plows northward.
The impacts on lives, property, commerce and travel will be serious.
While Irene is not forecast to track as far west, nor as fast, as Hazel did in 1954, it will ride up along the mid-Atlantic coast in such a way as to inflict major damage in many coastal and some inland communities. In today's dollars, Hazel was a multi-billion-dollar storm and reached Category 4 at peak intensity.
Irene will track farther east than Hazel, and farther west than Bob (1991). Meteorologist Heather Buchman compares Irene to storms in the past.
Many people along the Atlantic Seaboard probably have not experienced such a strong storm as we expect with Hurricane Irene. People in the path of Irene should stay indoors during the height of this storm.
Some of the youngest of the crowd were not around for Floyd (1999), Fran (1996), Gloria (1985) and others. Then there are the storms of the more distant generations of the 1960s and 1950s, which include Donna (1960), Diane (1955) and Hazel (1954)."
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