Rain/storms today, Hector dissipates, Gordon intensifies

By: JohnnyParker , 11:10 AM GMT on August 17, 2012

Good Morning! At Smithville, MS, the current temperature is 68 and it feels like 68. Highs will continue to range between 82 and 88 with lows between 62 and 69. There is an 80% chance of thunderstorms today. Few storms could be strong to severe with large hail, damaging winds, and heavy rain/flash flooding. At the Regional Rehab Center in Tupelo, MS, the current temperature is 70 and it feels like 70. Today’s high is 87 with a low of 66. Saturdays high is 86.

Now, for your tropical update. In the Atlantic, we now have Tropical Storm Gordon. Winds are at 65mph with a pressure of 998mbars. Movement East at 18mph. Gordon is expected to intensify and may become a hurricane by late Saturday. Not a threat to the United States and should begin to weaken as it heads toward the Azore Islands. Also, in the Atlantic, remnants of Tropical Depression Seven are located over the Bay of Campeche and is showing some signs of organization. Environmental conditions appear conducive for gradual development during the next day or two if the low stays off shore and this system has a medium chance, 40%, of becoming a tropical cyclone again during the next 48 hours as it moves West-Northwestward to Northwestward at 10mph. An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter Aircraft is scheduled to investigate this system tomorrow afternoon, if necessary. Also, in the Atlantic, a tropical wave near the coast of Africa is producing an area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Some slow development of this system is possible during the next few days. The National Hurricane Center is giving this system a low chance, 10%, of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours. In the Eastern Pacific, Hector has dissipated.

Hope yall are having a great Friday and I'll have another post tomorrow.

The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

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