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Hurricane Earl

By adamg - 9/3/10 - 11:18 pm

The National Hurricane Center downgrades Earl.

And with that, the French Toast Alert System goes back into storage, hopefully not to be dredged out until this winter.

By adamg - 9/3/10 - 5:46 pm

Seashells by the seashore

As some kids looked for interesting shells along the water at Wollaston, downtown Boston slowly disappeared behind them. A few minutes later, the tops of the Prudential and the Hancock got swallowed up by clouds as well.

By adamg - 9/3/10 - 3:29 pm

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for most of the Boston area starting at 6 p.m., with the possibility we could get up to 5 inches of rain in spots:

THIS MAY RESULT IN SIGNIFICANT RAPID FLOODING OF URBAN AND POOR DRAINAGE AREAS...INCLUDING ROADWAYS AND UNDERPASSES. ISOLATED SMALL STREAM FLOODING IS ALSO POSSIBLE.

By adamg - 9/3/10 - 3:16 pm

At the beach

Nantasket Beach wasn't exactly crowded around 2 p.m., but there were quite a few people there, from wetsuit-clad surfers to more casual body surfers and bathers to one guy with a metal detector. It was kind of windy, but not overwhelmingly so, and the waves for the most part were small to minuscule. Looking north toward the rest of Hull, you could see this cloud hugging the topography:

Clouds

Here's something you don't see every day: A guy walking on water (OK, he was actually standing on a surfboard and was getting around by paddling):

Walking on water

As I was driving to the beach, it started raining a bit around 1:45 between the Fore and Back rivers. Afterwards, at a Panera in Hingham, I had just sat down when this little girl at the table next to me blurted out: "What if the hurricane started early and we were driving on the road and we DIED?!?"

By adamg - 9/3/10 - 12:05 pm

Follow the regional National Weather Service spotter reports at twitter.com/WX1BOX.

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By adamg - 9/3/10 - 9:09 am

Cape Cod Today harrumphs over evacuations and cancellations on the busy Labor Day Weekend:

Chatham officials urged evacuation due to possible flooding without apparently realizing the storm would hit there a low tide greatly reducing that possibility.

These decisions were made by the wrong people. As a chamber director say to me yesterday, "we have to take these decisions away from people who carry guns."

By adamg - 9/3/10 - 8:49 am

Teddy Kokoros puts together a hurricane playlist.

By adamg - 9/2/10 - 12:24 pm

Surfer dude

A roving UHub photographer spotted this surfer dude on Morton Street by Blue Hill Avenue this morning - heading toward the ocean.

By adamg - 9/2/10 - 11:57 am

EarlBrace for impact! Earl as seen from space a couple days ago

The French Toast Alert is now at SEVERE, with the National Hurricane Center issuing a Hurricane Warning for the coast from the Cape to Hull - which means they expect hurricane-force winds to hit that area within 48 hours. Even away from the immediate coast, there's a good chance we'll be hit with tropical-storm-force winds - sustained winds of at least 39 m.p.h.

Of course, this means you should secure anything that could go flying in a storm - patio umbrellas, deck chairs, cows, etc.

Chances of getting hit with 39 m.p.h. or higher windsChances of getting hit with 39 m.p.h. or higher winds

By adamg - 9/2/10 - 9:27 am

Hurricane Correspondent Handbook:

The days before a hurricane are the most challenging for roving correspondents, because not much is happening. Needless to say, if you've got a choice between hanging out at the local Home Depot or cruising the beach, head immediately for the surf.

By adamg - 9/1/10 - 6:04 pm

The National Weather Service says now would be a good time to bolt down things that could go flying in sustained 39-mph winds when Earl passes by sometime late Friday. The Cape and Islands, meanwhile, get a hurricane watch.

By adamg - 8/30/10 - 2:26 pm

Earl

5 p.m. update: Earl is now a Category 4 hurricane.

The latest National Hurricane Center prediction still shows Earl mostly missing us (by 50-100 miles off Nantucket) but with a decent chance we could see tropical-storm-force winds (sustained winds of 39 mph). Still, they do caution:

THIS IS A GOOD TIME TO REMIND EVERYONE THAT NHC AVERAGE TRACK FORECAST ERRORS ARE 200 TO 300 MILES AT DAYS 4 AND 5. GIVEN THIS UNCERTAINTY...IT IS TOO SOON TO DETERMINE WHAT PORTION OF THE U.S. EAST COAST MIGHT SEE DIRECT IMPACTS FROM EARL.

As you might expect, weather geeks are practically beside themselves speculating that Earl could smack us right upside the head, especially since the category-3 hurricane - with sustained winds now of 125 mph - could strengthen over the next 48 hours. A.J. Burnett at Channel 25 is advising boat owners to start preparing now to secure their boats, just in case.

Most cool photo of Earl at sunset as seen from the International Space Station.

By adamg - 8/29/10 - 10:08 am

The folks at the local National Weather Service office are beginning to keep a wary, capitalized eye on Hurricane Earl:

ITS IMPORTANT TO KEEP IN MIND THAT WE ARE STILL ABOUT 5 DAYS AWAY FROM THIS POSSIBLE EVENT AND A LOT CAN AND WILL CHANGE BETWEEN NOW AND THEN. RIGHT NOW WE ARE THINKING MAINLY A GLANCING BLOW...BUT THE POTENTIAL FOR A MUCH LARGER IMPACT CAN NOT BE RULED OUT.

You can follow the latest Earl advisories from the National Hurricane Service on the Web or via RSS. You can follow tweets from local weather forecasters - who are also now chatting about Earl - at Boston Weather.

How Earl is trending, as of 11 a.m., Sunday:

Earl track

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