September is National Preparedness Month. Are you ready for tropical storm Hanna? While today is an enjoyably warm and sunny September day, tomorrow will be anything but. Today's high should be in the breezy, humid mid-80s. Clouds should arrive this evening and rain should follow, perhaps as early as midnight tonight.
If Hanna continues on the predicted path, the city could be in for lots of rain and wind tomorrow and tomorrow night. The storm is expected to come ashore this evening near the border of the Carolinas. As it moves inland Hanna will get caught in the strong southerly flow of air that's making today so warm and sticky. Once in that flow the storm is will zoom up the coast, passing just east of the city late Saturday night. Should that prediction pan out 3-6 inches of rain, more in some locations, could fall over the city. To that end a flood watch has been issued for southeastern New York, southern Connecticut and eastern New Jersey. Winds will pick up to a steady 20-30 miles an hour tomorrow evening and thunderstorms are possible as Hanna passes through the area.
The storm should move fast enough that Sunday's weather will be relatively decent. Showers may linger until around noon. Afterwards a strong northerly breeze will usher in drier air and the skies should clear up by evening. Expect Sunday's high to be in the low-80s. Next week should start quietly, which should give us time to fret about Hurricane Ike.