(Update) Slight Severe Risk Today - "Laura" Now a Major Category 3 Hurricane

Hurricane Laura Threatens Gulf Coast"The first rule of hurricane coverage is that every broadcast must begin with palm trees bending in the wind" wrote author Carl Hiaasen. True. And frantic TV reporters hunkered down on the beach.

Hurricane Laura is forecast to come ashore late tonight, perilously close to Houston. The storm is passing over warm water, jet fuel for hurricanes. It may roar ashore with 115 mph winds and a basketball-hoop-highstorm surge of over 10 feet.

You can't blame Houstonians for being paranoid. 3 years ago "Harvey" dropped 60 inches of rain, leaving behind $125 billion in damage. It was the third 500-year flood in 3 years.

No extreme levels of weather drama in our forecast, just low 90s today and a slightly cooler northeast breeze on Thursday. The best chance of showers and T-storms comes Thursday night into Friday morning, followed by a fresh northwest wind, setting the stage for a comfortably coolweekend.

Good farming news: corn has reached the dough stage 17 days ahead of 2019, when it wouldn't stop raining.

Hurricane Laura photo taken Tuesday, courtesy of NASA's International Space Station.

Slight Severe Risk Later Today. SPC has upgraded much of central Minnesota and northern Wisconsin into a slight risk category, calling for pockets of large hail and damaging winds. I wouldn't be surprised to see watches and warnings issued later today.

Praedictix Briefing: Issued Wednesday morning, August 26th, 2020:

  • Laura has been rapidly strengthening during the overnig....
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