Tropical Storm Irene is nearing Hurricane strength as she bears down on Puerto Rico. Here is the latest Infrared Rainbow Satellite Image.
|Tropical Storm Irene- winds at 70 mph|
|My track forecast for Irene|
|National Hurricane Center forecast|
I've gone stronger than the Hurricane Center on intensity, but not as aggressive as some of the weather models. The timing is questionable. I will refine that tomorrow after reviewing tonight and the morning model runs. At this point, I think New England will see some sort of enhanced rainfall from this system next weekend. While looking at my 6 day track you can probably guess where I'm leaning with it, I'm not ready to sound any sort of hype alarm until the storm starts to make its turn north. Warm Atlantic Ocean, second year of a La Nina is a classic East coast Hurricane signature, specifically North Carolina. Out of all the areas this is where I am most concerned for. The latest American long range model is out its "initial condition" already is too far south for where the storm currently is. Get your popcorn ready weather fans!