11am Update Upgrades Tropical Storm Michael To Hurricane
As of the 11am update, the National Hurricane Center has upgrades Tropical Storm Michael into a Catagory 1 Hurricane. As you can see on the visible satellite, hot towers going up around the center of Michael, and that will likely continue to strengthen it. Shear looks to relax one relax next 36 hours in the upper atmosphere, and that could allow Michael to make a run a category 3 status. The track for Michael is still a difficult one to nail down due to how it will interact with a trough moving across the US.
Trough Could Enhance Michael
In so situations, these troughs will enhance tropical systems when they begin to interact. This happened in 1995 with Opal, and damaging winds were felt all the way into N GA. So for WNC, we still need to watch this system. Heavy rainfall, and gusty winds are very possible from this system.
Cold Front Coming
By the end of this week, we should dip into the upper 40’s (Friday am) and the fall feel will finally return! After that these fronts appear to be coming more regularly, so the high temperatures appear to be gone after this week! Some models even have a frost possible by mid next week, but that is still very far out to make determinations. Check back soon as we keep an eye on Hurricane Michael.