Hurricane season begins earlyMay 20th, 2012 at 6:10 pm by Tara Hastings under Weather
I had a rough time coming up with a title for tonight’s blog because I want to cover a variety of topics. There’s a tropical storm in the Atlantic, a solar eclipse out west, there’s a neat space phenomenon coming up in June and oh yeah — It’s HOT!
Today we hit a high of 87° hopefully you were able to enjoy the fantastic day because a cold front is ready to move through tomorrow. Ahead of this cold front we’ve seen highs in the 80′s but as it approaches us our rain chances go up and our temperatures fall slightly. The best chance for rain will be in the early afternoon and evening. Here’s a look at Futuretrac on Monday at 5pm.
Temperatures will fall into the 70′s for the first half of the workweek but they’ll jump back to the middle and even upper 80′s by the end of the week and next weekend. Memorial Day weekend is always considered the unofficial start to summer and it looks like it’s going to live up to it!
The Atlantic hurricane season doesn’t officially begin until June 1st but Tropical Storm Alberto is getting an early start. Right now Alberto is pretty weak and is creating some higher surfs along parts of the East Coast. All of the computer models suggest this storm will stay away from the coast and not make land fall.
The storm formed Saturday and while it’s not really packing a punch it’s joining a small group of storms that forms in May. Here’s a look at the tropical storms in the Atlantic that formed in May from 1900-2012.
Only 16 storms have formed in the Atlantic since 1900 and Alberto makes 17. The Atlantic hurricane season peaks in September so we’ll have to wait and see if Alberto is giving us an idea of what’s to come this year.
My mom works in downtown Chicago and sent me an email saying she read in the elevator there was a solar eclipse this weekend. (I am always fascinated at how much fantastic information she can get by riding the elevator!) I told her yes but we’re not going to be able to see it. This solar eclipse is only visible in the Pacific and on the western part of the U.S. I found this great website that shows where the best viewing will be. If you know anyone along the west coast let them know! There is another one expected this year however it’s going to only be visible near Australia.
TRANSIT OF VENUS:
Finally, there’s a neat space scene that will be visible right here in Ohio. On June 5th get ready for the Transit of Venus. Around 6pm Venus will begin to move in front of the sun and will create a small dot that will cross the sun. Now you can’t just “look up” at the sun because you will harm your eyes. However the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery will have a special program on that day and are offering special glasses for only $1. Here’s a link with all the details. I will try my hardest to make sure there is no clouds or rain that day. I’m really looking forward to seeing this!