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Paula takes a trip to Cancún -- plus Fall is finally coming.... eventually

Even though it's October, the tropics aren't through just yet. Hurricane Paula is headed toward the white sandy beaches of Mexico, but her stay may not be a quiet one!

First things first, my apologies for not posting in several days. With an extended weekend away, and a shift change I've gotten out of my blogging routine - but I'll try to post each evening here this week. Off we go!

The 2010 Hurricane Season's latest storm, Paula will head toward the Yucatan Wednesday morning as a Category 2 storm. The system is a young one, only forming Monday afternoon - but has gone rapid intensification. This is something we've seen with several storms so far in 2010 in this part of the Atlantic. Tropical Storm Hermine, Hurricane Alex, and Hurricane Karl all underwent a similar development cycle - exploding over the warm waters as relatively small storms. In Paula's case, she went from a small storm - to a potent hurricane in less than 24 hours.

So what does this mean for Cancún? As it looks right now, it appears that the center of the storm will pass just to the east of the resorts - which is good. The problem is, the storm will slow down as it gets offshore and will likely dump heavy rain with at least Tropical Storm force winds for several hours.

Back in our neck of the woods, it's been a taste of summer the past couple of days. We soared our way into a record high today as we hit 87 out at ILM. This breaks the old record of 85 set back in 1920. On Monday, we almost made it - but fell short with our high of 85. Tuesday looks like it has been our last hurrah with the summer warmth for now though as another season entirely is shaping up out West.

This image was taken this morning out in Colorado where as much as 2-3" of snow fell on the peaks of the Rockies. Don't worry, we aren't expecting any winter weather in the Carolinas anytime soon - but this cool Canadian air will make it's way to the East Coast ushering in some real fall weather for the weekend. What does this mean for us? Highs near 70 and lows in the 40's.

I'll end the post with something I just found interesting. Over the past two months or so the rain patterns have been erratic to say the least. Of course we had the historic stretch of over 20" of rain in only a few days, but outside of that there's been no rain to be found. The first three weeks of September were bone dry - and so far in October we've had no significant rain whatsoever. This is all good news of course as we're still drying to dry out our waterways from September's deluge.

That's all for now. Hope you enjoyed the brief taste of warmth -- if not, I'm sure you'll be happy to enjoy the fall weather this weekend!

- TB


By: Tim Buckley


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