After battering Haiti, eastern Cuba and parts of the Bahamas with hurricane force winds and exceptional rainfall, Matthew is now on track to impact the Southeastern Friday and through the weekend. Latest forecasts have Matthew sustaining Major hurricane status (category 3 or higher) as it slides along the east coast of Florida on Friday and early Saturday morning. This could be a worst case scenario as intense winds will continue to batter much of the I-95 corridor and for miles on either side of it. Take a look at some of the strong wording the National Weather Service used in advance of Hurricane Matthew hitting:
"EXTREMELY DANGEROUS, LIFE-THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS EXPECTED"
"WIDESPREAD EXTENSIVE TO DEVASTATING WIND IMPACTS WILL BE FELT. AIRBORNE DEBRIS LOFTED BY EXTREME WINDS WILL BE CAPABLE OF BREACHING STRUCTURES, UNPROTECTED WINDOWS AND VEHICLES. EFFECTS SUCH AS THESE RANGING FROM THE COAST TO WELL INLAND HAVE NOT BEEN EXPERIENCED IN CENTRAL FLORIDA IN DECADES."
"LOCAL WINDS WILL EXCEED WHAT OCCURRED DURING THE HURRICANES OF 2004. ANY EVACUATIONS AND STRUCTURE PREPARATION SHOULD BE COMPLETED THIS AFTERNOON. TRAVEL WILL BE STRONGLY DISCOURAGED BEGINNING AT DUSK. EXPECT WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES."
"STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO STURDY BUILDINGS, SOME WITH COMPLETE ROOF AND WALL FAILURES. COMPLETE DESTRUCTION OF MOBILE HOMES. DAMAGE GREATLY ACCENTUATED BY LARGE AIRBORNE PROJECTILES. LOCATIONS MAY BE UNINHABITABLE FOR WEEKS OR MONTHS."
"LARGE AREAS OF DEEP INUNDATION WITH STORM SURGE FLOODING ACCENTUATED BY BATTERING WAVES. STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO BUILDINGS, WITH SEVERAL WASHING AWAY. DAMAGE COMPOUNDED BY FLOATING DEBRIS. LOCATIONS MAY BE UNINHABITABLE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD."
Florida Bracing for Matthew
Hurricane Watches and Warnings have been posted for parts of Florida and Georgia in advance of Matthew as it continues to slowly drift northwest toward the Peninsula. Latest forecast tracks take this along the east coast of Florida later this week/weekend ahead with significant impacts. Mandatory evacuations have already been order for parts of the state as Matthew threatens.
No, it's not rare to have hurricanes in October, but it is rare to see a hurricane continue at Major Hurricane status (Category 3 or higher) for as long as Matthew has this late in the season. Take a look at this tweet from Colorado State University meteorologist Philip Klotzbach, who is an expert in Atlantic hurricane forecasts. He states that "Hurricane Matthew has now been a major hurricane longer in October than any other Atlantic hurricane in over 50 years (since Flora in 1963)!
See the video HERE
* LOCATIONS...THE HEAVIEST SNOW IS EXPECTED ALONG A NARROW CORRIDOR FROM THE BRAINERD LAKES TO GRAND RAPIDS...HIBBING...AND VIRGINIA...TO COOK...CRANE LAKE...AND KABETOGAMA. * TIMING...SNOW WILL SPREAD NORTHEAST FROM THE BRAINERD LAKES AREA LATE THIS EVENING...TO GRAND RAPIDS AND HIBBING AFTER MIDNIGHT...TO KABETOGAMA AND CRANE LAKE DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...1 TO 3 INCHES.
Feels Like Late October - "Matthew" Lashes Florida
"Extremely dangerous, life-threatening weather conditions expected."
"Locations may be uninhabitable for weeks or months."
This strong wording was released by the National Weather Service in Florida in advance of what could be some of the worst conditions that parts of the state have not experienced in decades!
Hurricane Matthew will lash Florida Friday in an almost a worst case scenario. The track takes it right along the, heavily populated, east coast and I-95 corridor with wind gusts exceeding 100mph and torrential rainfall. The danger is real.
Interestingly, Matthew looks to scrape the South Carolina coast early Saturday before looping back for a potential secondary smack in Florida next week.
Meanwhile, late October-like temperatures arrive Friday with a few wet flakes possible early Friday morning across the border. Colder air settles in Friday night for statewide patchy frost by AM Saturday. Yes, even some of the burbs could see a light frost!
Fall colors are peaking in N. MN now! Time to get your peep on.
1980: Summer-like heat occurs over Minnesota with highs of 92 at Montevideo and 84 at MSP airport.
Average High/Low for Minneapolis
Average Low: 43F (Record: 25F set in 1976)
*Daylight Lost Since Summer Solstice: ~4hours and 14mins
0.9 Days Before First Quarter
How about this! Here's a picture of heavy snow from Cypress Hills in Saskatchewan Canada. This picture shows that more than 2 feet of snow fell there!
"Climate change deal is a turning point for world, Obama says"
WASHINGTON — History may judge the Paris climate agreement as a turning point for the planet,President Obama said Wednesday as the United Nations reached a key threshold triggering the implementation of the climate accord. With nations representing more than 55% of world carbon emissions now having signed on to the agreement, the deal now goes into effect in 30 days. The agreement requires countries to come up with nation-specific carbon reduction plans in an effort to keep global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius, or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, over pre-industrial levels. "Today is a historic day in the fight to protect our planet for future generations," Obama said. "Make no mistake: This agreement will help delay and avoid some of the worst consequences of climate change."
See more from USAToday HERE:
"Hurricane Matthew, a record-shattering storm that is unusual for October, is a reminder of climate change’s potential to turn seasonal weather events into extreme, year-round threats. Matthew, which meteorologists downgraded from a rare Category 5 to a Katrina-magnitude Category 3 on Wednesday, could make landfall in southeast Florida as early as Thursday, and threatens northeast Florida and the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina through Saturday. The storm has already claimed at least 11 lives in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Colombia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The storm has surpassed several milestones as one of the strongest, longest-lasting hurricanes of its kind on record. But on top of that, scientists note, it’s atypical for this time of year."
See more from HuffingtonPost HERE