Dr. Masters says it all today,"Remarkable Hurricane Sandra exploded into a Category 4 storm with 145 mph winds overnight, making it the latest major hurricane ever observed in the Western Hemisphere (November 26.)" in his unprecedented 3rd consecutive article with Sandra as the lead to "An Unprecedented Thanksgiving Visitor: a Category 4 Hurricane". At press time Sandra, while now weakening, should remain at hurricane strength thru tomorrow. Show time for mainland, perhaps around as far north as Topolobampo is predicated to be Saturday evening. In Alamos we are within the area that will experience the effect of, what at landfall is expected to be only the remnant Tropical Depression from Sandra, and we can expect a gully washer or two starting tomorrow. Still only moderate winds are predicted. So, you may ask, could it be more than just a good rain? Not very likely, but yes the prediction can miss the mark every now and then, that's why it is called weather.
By Sunday, while we should be just left with the clean-up, the rest of the story will be playing out as the moisture laden clouds pulled of the top of Hurricane Sandra, will be railroaded in to Texas and the Mississippi Valley. Today, Winter Storm Cara is brutalizing the Mid West with significant rain plus freezing rain and sleet along the northern edge of that system. When Sandra's moisture gets there, it may be the "unprecedented visitor". If you remember the movie "The Perfect Storm" what we will see play out this coming week, is two of the three storms from that tale, happening over a landmass instead of the ocean. Add in a Nor'easter and you would have just that, a complete Perfect Storm, somewhere between Cleveland and Newark.
If the nuts and bolts of the weather interests you, do read Dr. Masters last three blogs for the complete story of what historically we are experiencing with this years El Nino. Here is a link to todays blog http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=3194
. But for a great example of what weather is about, by using the Wondermap feature found in the Wunderground site for Alamos Centro, you can watch a real time animated view as these systems collide starting tomorrow.
TWG and Mrs. WG wish all the folks out there who take time to read this blog a Happy Thanksgiving and remind everyone to stay safe and keep the kids out of the arroyos.
The Weather Guy