Quick 4:15 AM update on the tropics and Long Island weather:
Not much has changed since last night regarding the expected impacts to Bermuda from Hurricane Paulette, although the HWRF model is showing that it may not be quite as strong as it was showing it originally as it may not hit its peak intensity until after it pulls away from Bermuda.
The major story for the United States is still Tropical Storm Sally projected to be a strengthening hurricane with slow movement when it makes landfall near New Orleans on Tuesday. Rainfall amounts of 10 to 15 inches are likely along and to the east of the center along the central Gulf Coast. Wind gusts of 75 to 90 mph are likely with a storm surge as high as 6 to 9 feet. I will have more updates today and this evening with the latest information.
Tropical Depression Twenty will likely become Tropical Storm Teddy by tomorrow and then a powerful hurricane by mid to late week, but it will curve northwestward well before nearing the Leeward Islands. It should stay east of Bermuda, but it will still need to be watched.
Long Island forecast:
Today: Mostly cloudy in the morning and then partly cloudy in the afternoon with slowly increasing humidity by evening. Highs mostly in the mid 70's.
Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy early in the morning and then partly cloudy with decreasing humidity throughout the day. It will also be breezy with wind gusts up to 20 mph from the NNW in the afternoon. Highs mostly in the upper 70's.
Tuesday: Sunny and cooler with very low humidity with highs only in the upper 60's to around 70 degrees!
Wednesday: Mostly sunny with low humidity with highs mostly in the low to mid 70's.
Thursday: Mostly sunny with increasing clouds late in the day and warmer with moderate humidity with highs mostly in the upper 70's. Some showers are possible at night from a cold front.
Friday: Partly to mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. There is still some uncertainty, but the showers should be done in the morning. Highs mostly in the low to mid 70's.
Saturday: Becoming mostly sunny with low humidity with highs mostly in the upper 60's.