Summer-level warmth departs, weekend cool down coming; Hurricane Matthew takes aim on Florida
LATE SEASON 80° DAY
Thursday reached 84° officially and marked the 100th 80 plus degree day of 2016. Late for the season, and often hard to come by this time of year, Thursday high brings 2016’s tally of 80° degrees days to 23rd all-time on record.
The average date of the last 80° occurrence in Indianapolis is October 7th, the latest ever November 1 1950. The warmth isn’t that unheard of, in fact the hottest October temperatures were set in 2007 reaching 90° on the 7th and 91° October 8th.
COLD FRONT COMING
There are changes coming, a cold front will changes east later tonight ans sweep the stat by early Friday afternoon. To our west late Thursday temperature dive into the upper 30’s and lower 40s across western Nebraska, while severe storms blossomed and produced several tornadoes in parts of Kansas.
We are expecting the wind shifting, cold frontal passage here between 1 and 3 pm on Friday but before it arrive we could reach the 80° mark one more time. Cooler air will flow on northwest winds Friday evening so we are expecting the temperature to take a slide during the afternoon in the wake of the front ad dip into the upper 40s by Saturday morning.
“POTENTIALLY DISASTROUS IMPACTS”
The National Hurricane Center headline late Thursday stressed that preparation for Matthew should be rushed to completion. Stating “Potentially disastrous impacts for Florida” are possible across portions of east Florida.
At 5 pm the eye of Matthew was south of Freeport in the Bahama’s with sustained winds of 140 mph. The category 4 storm is moving northwest at 13 mph and already sending outer bands of rain and wind into Florida. Radar scans from Miami, Florida indicated winds over 120 mph near Freeport just before 6 PM.
# may produce a whopping 12 straight hours of 120+ mph gust from to Daytona starting early Friday AM.
The latest track from the National Hurricane Center brings the eye of the storm along the coast later Thursday night into early Friday morning. Stressing that landfall location may not be that important because of the storms intensity and size. Dangerous conditions will fan well out and away from the center of the storm for several hours.