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Just another day in paradise! Plus, a Typhoon for the record books.

Well it seems like we can do no wrong in this weather pattern! Lots of sunshine -- cool crisp mornings with pleasant afternoons and low humidity. Plenty to please anyone's weather appetite. The good news on this Monday? The pleasant weather will continue throughout the week!

The main reason for this extended fair weather is simply the lack of weather systems crossing our part of the country. This often happens in October. At this time of year the cold Canadian air that provides the contrast needed for strong cold fronts and storm systems is largely confined to the northernmost parts of the country. At the same time, our lack of tropical moisture and small land/sea temperature differences largely shut down our daily 'instability' thunderstorms that we typically see during the summer.

In the end, our little corner of the country is one of the envies of the weather world at this time of year. Not everybody gets to enjoy these long stretches of sunny 80 degree days. If you have friends that live in other parts of the country -- well, try not to rub it in too much!

Across the globe, there is one major weather event happening right now. If we look halfway across the globe, Super Typhoon Megi is making landfall in the Philippines as one of the strongest tropical systems ever. The storm is quite simply a monster. Check out this satellite image.

 

There are a lot of stats that have been impressive with this system, but I'll just rattle off a few.

  • Maximum sustained winds at 190 mph (Category 5 Hurricanes are 155 mph and up)
  • Minimum central pressure of 885 mb. (world record is 870 mb)
  • One of the largest storms to make landfall anywhere in the world

Impressive stuff. The storm made landfall early this morning with winds equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane on the island of Luzon - the largest and most populous (46 million people) island in the Philippines. A Category 5 hurricane has only ever made landfall twice in the United States -- Hurricane Camille in Mississippi in 1969 and Hurricane Andrew in South Florida in 1992. Think about this event like a storm of Camille's strength slamming into an area with the population density of the Northeast. Not a pretty picture.

Luckily, the Atlantic basin remains quiet this morning. All indications are that it will stay that way over the next week or so. We'll keep you posted.

Until we blog again, enjoy that beautiful weather out there.

- TB

PS: Go Yankees!

By: Tim Buckley