Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Quite A 24 Hour Period! (Gustav next?)
We've seen nearly 2.25" of total rainfall amounts here in Cookeville over the last 24 hours. This is generally considered a lot of rain, however, with Fay dumping more than 2" on more than 350 reporting CoCoRaHS stations, my 2.25" doesn't seem like it was very much. We will see some big rainfall amounts from Tennessee on the CoCoRaHS list tomorrow. One station near Clarksville, GA had 7.75" in the last 24 hours. ...AMAZING!...
Fay continues to lift off to the northeast and I believe we've seen the last of the heavy rainfall here in the Cookeville, TN area. A few locations to our east could see up to an inch of additional rain, but most of us will get little additional rain.
Looking at other Tropical Systems, GUSTAV has exploded into a Category 1 hurricane. It appears, at this time, Gustav will stay mostly to the south of Cuba and continue to grow...possibly reaching MAJOR (Category 3) strength by Friday and then turning into the Gulf of Mexico over the Labor Day Holiday Weekend. From there, it is ANYONE'S guess where this storm could strike. If I were living from Galveston, TX to Tampa, FL...I'd be keeping up with Gustav.
Another system is poised to possibly be a danger to the Atlantic coast of the U.S. It is a ways off, but does bear watching.
You can always go to the Wunderground Tropical site or the Nat'l Hurricane Center site. Both are EXCELLENT resources for information.