Heat Wave Co-Sponsored by Earl
What figures to be our last heat wave of the scorching summer of 2010 has one more torrid day to sear us! Afternoon highs agaon on Tuesday simmered into the low and mid 90s for a fourth straight day, the textbook definition of a heat wave being a trilogy of 90 days. In fact, there is a chance Thursday turns into the hottest day of the summer thanks to Hurricane Earl.
Earl is a powerful tempest with winds in the 135 mile per hour range this Wednesday evening as he makes his move away from the Bahamas. Since the air inside the eye wall of this intense storm is rising violently, Mother Nature compensates for this vertical rush of air by forcing the air to sink over a vast area as much as a few thousand miles away from the hurricane’s path.
That booster shot of sinking air will enhance our heat as the storm moves closer to the shoreline. Just rub your hands together faster and faster and what do you feel? Heat right! Well, the closer Earl comes to the shoreline, the more that sinking air/rubbing hands effect for our area. My gut says we will see temperatures in the 95 to 100 degree range on Thursday.
By the way, Earl will likely hold off rains from the next cold front until Friday not only for us but also for the big game in Columbus on Thursday evening. In effect, Earl rules the roost and until he moves north of our latitude (Friday night), the works are all gummed up to the west.
Gameday temperatures will fall from 95 at 5 pm on the asphalt of the Ohio Stadium for tailgaters to 85 by the second half. That much heat likely means the Ohio State band will be working without their very hot uniforms.
Now as for Myrtle Beach vacationers, Steve Chanilo from the Garden City Pier told me on Wednesday night that already the surf was churning and a bit choppy with a steady 12 mile per hour wind blowing in from the ocean. A few rip currents have been reported in the surf off Georgetown and Myrtle Beach. With Earl now just a day away and less than 700 miles from beachfront, the surf will grow steadily choppier and angrier on Thursday as Earl passes 150-200 miles east of the Pavillion in North Myrtle (closest approach comes on Thursday night). That path will spare Myrtle any true hurricane conditions (sunny, windy and 90-95 degrees) but should produce high enough waves to close most beaches by Thursday. Blowing sand and a rare OFFSHORE WIND will make eating sammies or fudgy wudgies on the beach a problem!
The storm will be gone and good beach weather is expected for the Labor Day weekend.
Hurricane trackers can follow Earl’s every move at this link from the National Hurricane Center.