In case you haven’t heard enough about Hurricane Irma — you might find this sort of interesting. — This is the latest outlook from our best American computer weather model showing how far westward into the country the remnants of Hurricane Irma would make it based on current data.
The image shows Illinois getting rained on from Irma next Tuesday, September 12th. While very unusual and unlikely, it’s not impossible for us to see clouds, and even more rarely, rain from the leftovers of tropical systems moving inland (Hurricane Dennis, 2005).
Thursday, September 7, 2017 3:52pm update:
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 4:11pm update:
Computer models and my thinking from a week ago did come to fruition. Last night, some of Irma’s remnant cloud shield did rotate through Southeastern Iowa and West-Central Illinois. So, we did see Irma. Bloomington and Springfield, Illinois are still under Irma’s clouds.
Is the actual overall weather today really so different such a short distance away, just 114 miles southeast from Burlington the way the crow flies? You better believe it! Bloomington is currently 13 degrees cooler than us as a result of Irma’s complete overcast — 67 degrees there versus 80 degrees (and sunny) here! Interesting to note is the rarity of any remnants of tropical systems making it all the way to our doorstep. neat, huh?