Newsplex - Blogs - Weather

All About Irene

Irene continues to chug along toward the northwest and may ultimately impact parts of the United States, including Virginia.

Nothing can be trickier than trying to forecast the movement and intensity of a tropical system. You must consider many different factors like water temperature, land interaction, upper-level winds, etc. If one factor varies even a tiny bit, the strength and movement of the tropical system could shift dramatically.

Now let's apply this to the storm at hand - Irene. The computer models have been advertising a possible interaction with the United States for several days now, though the predicted path has been wobbling. Earlier model runs were focused more on the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the peninsula of Florida. The overall trend has been more of a shift to the east, which would cause greater concern for eastern Florida and the Bahamas by the end of the work week. Depending on how much land interaction has occurred at that point, Irene could be anything from a strong tropical storm to a minor hurricane.

From there, many questions begin to pop up. Does Irene move toward the Carolina coast and head inland toward the mid-Atlantic? Does Irene re-curve and head out into the Atlantic Ocean? Unfortunately this far out, those questions can be very difficult to answer. At this stage in the game, there is the potential for the remnants of Irene to bring some rainfall to central Virginia over the next weekend. Again, I invite you to check back to our website frequently over the next few days as we get a better handle on exactly where this system is heading and what that could ultimately mean for our forecast.

Until next time,

Brantley

Read More Blogs

The comments sections of Newsplex.com are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we only ask that you use your best judgment. E-mail is required, but will not be displayed with comment.

  • Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. We will not post comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.
  • We will not post comments that use hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our website.
  • Comments should not attack other readers or people featured in our stories personally. Any accusations should be backed up with facts.
  • Any comment we post will be posted in its entirety. We do not edit any comment that we post.
     
  • Comments should contribute to the discussion. We will not post comments that don't advance the discussion. Flaming and/or trolling will not be tolerated.
     
  • Comments should not attack other posters. Let's keep the focus on the content of the story.

    As a host Newsplex.com welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However this is a site that we host. We have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.

    If you have any ideas to improve the conversation or this section let us know. Send an e-mail to webmaster@newsplex.com.

 

powered by Disqus
The Charlottesville Newsplex 999 2nd Street S.E. Charlottesville, VA 22902 434.242.1919 – Main 434.220.7522 - Newsroom
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability