The rainy season is off to an early start in the Pacific Northwest as multiple systems move in off the Pacific. The rain is beneficial in that it will provide some drought relief.
The WeatherRadar is showing unsettled weather for the Pacific Northwest Wednesday into the weekend. Currently a low pressure system is moving onshore, with another weaker system moving in Thursday. Rounds of showers will persist across much of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana over the next few days.
With rain in the forecast, highs will hold in the 50s and 60s this week in cities like Eugene and Portland, Ore., Seattle, and Missoula, Mont. Some higher elevations may even stay in the 40s with cloud cover and rain in the forecast.
Some of the higher elevations will see snow, but for most of the Pacific Northwest, beneficial rain is in the forecast. Rain totals into the weekend will range from a few tenths of an inch up to three inches. Parts of Oregon, Washington, and Montana are experiencing extreme drought conditions, making this rain a welcome addition to the forecast.
In addition to rain, these back to back systems will bring gusty winds to the Pacific Northwest. Wind gusts up to 40 mph may make driving difficult for high profile vehicles driving on north-to-south routes. It's a good idea to check conditions on the WindRadar before heading out.
While the unsettled weather is expected to continue into the weekend, the coast will start to see drier conditions moving in by Saturday. Until then, keep the rain gear handy and check your local forecast on the Weather & Radar app.
The autumn storm season is in full swing with today’s storm threat stretching across the Ohio Valley.
The combination of upper-level energy streaking out of the Midwest, a bit of sunshine and moisture streaming northward out of the Southeast will produce just enough instability to generate thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.
The biggest danger from these storms will be localized damaging winds and hail. Downpours from the strongest storms could produce a few localized flash floods. On Tuesday, a few storms rolled across eastern Missouri.
Have at least three ways to receive a weather warning and make sure you turn around when you come to a flooded roadway. The road may not be there anymore.
There are not many changes in the tropics this Wednesday compared to what we talked about yesterday. Philippe continues to slowly weaken as it also slowly travels west-northwest. Following in its footsteps is a faster-moving tropical wave that could be named as soon as Wednesday.
Philippe continues its slow course west-northwest. It is slowly losing strength and the latest track from the National Hurricane Center shows that Philippe could be near the northeastern Caribbean islands on Friday night and eventually as a tropical depression on Sunday night very close to northern Puerto Rico. It will be losing its maximum sustained wind speeds, but there may still be some strong gusts, showers, and storms. The sea can also be rough and the high waves in this area for the end of the week and weekend.
Tropical Storm Philippe's track issued by the National Hurricane Center on Wednesday morning.
Next tropical system - Rina
The wave, Invest 91L, follows in Philippe's footsteps. The difference will be that Invest 91L is going a little faster than Philippe and is getting stronger. It is possible that this tropical wave 'steals' a little of Philippe's strength, but because Philippe will be turning west, it may be saved from being totally absorbed by what will be Rina soon.
For now, it seems that Rina will be turning north and staying away from the Caribbean. But it's too early to know this definitively because there is still no well-defined center of circulation. Our team of meteorologists at Weather & Radar will closely monitor this system and provide you with immediate updates.
Tropical wave, Invest 91L could be named as soon as Wednesday afternoon by the NHC.
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In the waters off Southampton, New York, a lone cownose ray swims through a large school of menhaden fish. The footage, captured by Joanna Steidle, showcases the ray's journey back to the open ocean.
In the waters off Southampton, New York, a lone cownose ray was recently captured on video navigating through a large school of menhaden fish. The footage, taken by Joanna Steidle of Hampton Drones, demonstrates the school of fish parting ways for the ray as it swims straight through them. Despite appearing to be lost, the cownose ray eventually found its way out into the open ocean, as reported by Steidle.
Cownose rays are known for their distinctive, broad pectoral fins and indented noses that resemble a cow's nose. They are typically found in the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. As for the menhaden fish, they are small, oily fish that swim in large schools and play a crucial role in their ecosystem by providing a food source for various marine life.
Weather conditions can affect marine life in various ways. For example, storms can create currents that may displace marine animals, leading them into unusual areas or situations. While it's unknown if this was the case for our friendly ray, luckily clear weather on the day the video was taken allowed for a smooth passage through the school of menhaden fish and an eventual return to the open ocean.