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August 1, 2019
Welcome to our August northeast Ohio weather blog that will give you a look at our weather highlights every weekday evening and is written by WKYC Weather Content Producer Frank Macek. Please email your weather related questions to email@example.com.
Chapter one: August 29, 2019
Thursday Evening Weather Update:
Football fans are in store for a great night for some football at FirstEnergy Stadium as the Browns play the Lions at 7:30 p.m. Skies will be mostly clear with temperatures in the low to mid 70s at the start of the game.
I think by the end of the game, we'll start seeing high clouds move into the Cleveland area, but conditions will remain dry through 11 p.m.
Some high school football games kick off the season tonight. Here's the latest forecast from the Channel 3 Weather Center:
On the latest weather analysis from the National Weather Service office in Cleveland, a weak cold front will approach northwestern Ohio later tonight and will move southeast through the area by late Friday morning. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms will accompany the front.
High pressure will then temporarily build in before a series of weak disturbances brings along precipitation chances Saturday night through Monday.
Here's your short term forecast from the Channel 3 Weather team:
TONIGHT | Clouds increase with rain chance by morning. A bit more humid. | Mid 60s
FRIDAY | Morning rain chances, otherwise partly cloudy. | Upper 70s
Hurricane Dorian Update:
All meteorological eyes are on Hurricane Dorian this evening as the category one storm is expected to go as high a category four storm when it hits Florida late Sunday or early Monday.
Some of the computer models, then show the storm moving partly across Florida, turning north and then hugging the East Coast for several days. This would be a worse case scenario that could be flooding and storm surge to large areas.
As of the 5 p.m. National Hurricane Center update, Dorian is 330 miles east of the southeastern Bahamas moving to the northwest at 13 m.p.h. Maximum sustained winds are 85 m.p.h.
The forecast continues to show the storm moving through the Bahamas and hitting the east coast of Florida. By 2 p.m. Tuesay, the center of the hurricane will be over the Central Florida peninsula as a category one storm.
Here are some useful resources if you have interests in Florida including a live 24/7 blog from our sister station, WLTV-TV, in Jacksonville.
Weather Instruments: The Anemometer
Today, let's talk about the device that we use to measure the wind.
Forecasters use an anemometer to take measurements of how fast the wind is moving at a given location. This instrument is a a common weather station tool whose name is derived from the Greek word anemos, which means wind, and is used to describe any wind speed instrument used in meteorology, according to Wikipedia.
The most common type of anemometer uses cups that capture the wind as blows past the device and causes the cups to spin.
This motion is sensed by a magnetic or optical sensor in the device that converts the signal to a feet per minute measurement. This is, in turn, further calculated as miles per hour that you see featured in our daily weather reports.
The inventor of the anemometer is Leon Battista Alberti who built the first device in 1450 as a mechnical unit. Alberti was an Italian Renaissance humanist author, artist, architect, poet, priest, linguist, philosopher and cryptographer.
Later in 1664, Robert Hooke who was an English philosopher, architect and polymath, re-invented the anemometer and is often mistakenly cited as the original inventor.
The other part of wind measurement often associated with the anemometer is the wind vane. The piece is often attached on or near at the wind cups. The "tail" of the vane catches the wind and spins the pointer into the direction the wind is headed.
Top 3 Weather Headlines:
Here are the top three stories trending on wkyc.com/weather this evening:
Chapter two: August 28, 2019
Wednesday Evening Weather Update:
We deserved some sunshine today and we got it across northeast Ohio on this Hump Day.
Temperatures this afternoon are generally in the mid to upper 70s with fair conditions being reported at nearly every major weather station in Ohio.
Dewpoints are in the low 50s meaning a cool night is in store for us overnight. I expect overnight low in the mid to upper 50s.
A Beach Hazards Statement remains in effect for the lakeshore through late tonight. A high swimming risk from waves and dangerous currents will continue with our gusty west to northwest winds.
On the latest weather map, the National Weather Service says high pressure will build east across the region Wednesday through Thursday night. A weak cold front will settle south through the area Thursday night into Friday before high pressure builds east across the Great Lakes through the weekend.
Here's your short term forecast from the Channel 3 Weather Team:
THIS EVENING | Partly cloudy to mostly sunny, comfy. | Upper 70s
THURSDAY | Sunny. | Upper 70s
Name That Cloud Type Answer:
Yesterday, we asked you to "Name That Cloud Type."
Your clue was: "These clouds generally thicken and usually appear thickest towards the direction from which they first appeared. The clouds often lie in parallel bands and may be in one or more layers."
The answer: Altocumulus. These clouds gradually spreads from one part of the horizon, often passing overhead, and may eventually reach the opposite horizon.
Congratulations if you got this one correct. We'll have any "Name That Cloud Type" opportunity next week.
Hurricane Dorian Update:
Dorian has become a category one hurricane this afternoon as it nears St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Observations from St. Thomas are already reporting hurricane force winds on the island of up to 75 mph.
The hurricane is on a northwest course at 13 m.p.h. with a minimum central pressure of 29.44 inches or 997 millibars.
Here's the latest on the watches and warnings issued by the National Hurricane Center in Florida:
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for... * Vieques and Culebra * U.S. Virgin Islands * British Virgin Islands
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for... * Puerto Rico
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for... * Puerto Rico
WKYC Meteorologist Michael Estime has the 5 p.m. update on Hurricane Dorian:
The forecast is not looking good for the Bahamas and Florida as forecasters are now saying the storm has the potential to be a category 3 storm by the time it reaches the east central coast of Florida by 8 a.m. Monday morning.
Your Wednesday Weather Questions:
Question 1: I see Hurricane Dorian is headed towards Florida, should I cancel my vacation plans to Disney World?
At this point, the track of Hurricane Dorian takes the storm into the central part of Florida as a category 2 storm. This means winds could be up to 110 m.p.h. or enough to cause moderate damage.
Because the forecast track does change from day to day, I would suggest continuing to monitor the latest forecast. Check with your airline if you are flying to see if you can rebook or change your plans as we near the weekend.
Hopefully your vacation won't be ruined.
Question 2: Where do I find the daily high and low from last Sunday?
The National Weather Service maintains a valuable website where you can find past weather information for the Cleveland area or any of the major reporting stations in northern Ohio our local office servces.
You can search for the Daily Climate Report, Preliminary Monthly Climate Data, Record Event Record, Monthly Weather Summary, Regional Summary and the Seasonal Climate Report.
Question 3: How many thunderstorms occur on earth each year?
At any given time, there are hundreds of thunderstorms rumbling across the planet. This tallies up to about 16 million thunderstorms per year according to National Weather Service records.
And don't forget, "When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors."
Thanks for your questions. Please don't forget to send us yours!
Top September 2019 Astronomy Events:
From the changing season to 'False Dawn,' here are some of the top astronomy events to mark down on your September 2019 calendar. Our friends at AccuWeather have a look at what you'll see in the heavens above next month. Enjoy!
Check out these top 3 weather stories onwkyc.com/weather
Chapter three: August 27, 2019
Tuesday Evening Weather Update:
Skies are mostly cloudy across northeast Ohio this evening, but we are almost out of the gloom. A cold front will continue moving west to east across the area and once that has passed, skies will begin to clear.
By sunset, we should see the clouds breaking up in the Cleveland area.
On the latest weather map, a cold front will move east through the area this evening as strong low pressure across western Ontario moves north to Hudson Bay.
High pressure will build east across the region Wednesday through Thursday night. A weak cold front will settle south through the area Thursday night into Friday before high pressure builds east across the Great Lakes through the weekend.
Here's your short term forecast from the Channel 3 Weather team:
THIS EVENING | Mostly cloudy with a few showers and thunderstorms, becoming partly cloudy later. | Temperatures holding in the low 70s.
WEDNESDAY | Partly cloudy, cooler, comfy. | Upper 70s
Name That Cloud Type:
Let's play name that cloud type.
Here's your clue: These clouds generally thicken and usually appear thickest towards the direction from which they first appeared. The clouds often lie in parallel bands and may be in one or more layers.
If you know the answer, jot it down and we'll post the answer tomorrow here on our weather blog.
Tropical Weather Update:
Tropical Storm Dorian is currently 80 miles west of Dominica or about 330 miles southeast of Ponce, Puerto Rico, with maximum sustained winds of 50 m.p.h. this evening,
The current forecast has the storm remaining below hurricane strength, but on a course towards Florida by 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon as a strong tropical storm.