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Back to school

Jason Samenow @ 11:24 PM

Back to school! Back to school, to prove to Dad that I'm not a fool! I got my lunch packed up, my boots tied tight, I hope I don't get in a fight! Ohhhh, back to school!

- Billy in Billy Madison, starring Adam Sandler -- a very funny and entertaining (albeit mindless and juvenile) movie.
Indeed, it's back to school for youngsters in Maryland, and they'll need the raincoats and umbrellas for the trip home (in addition to their lunches and tightly-laced boots). The trip to school will probably be dry. The rain today is brought to us by the remnants of Tropical Storm Gaston and a front -- all of which will be outta here late tonight. But a quick inch of rain is possible between about 1pm and midnight.

After today, it looks to be an outstanding week weatherwise with highs in the low 80s each day and comfortable humidity levels (they'll creep up a bit by week's end). Of course, I'll provide daily updates on Frances which weakened just a hair yesterday, but remains a major hurricane (Category 3) and could re-strengthen to a Cat 4 or even a 5 at some point. Again, it's too early to say where Frances will hit. I just looked at some new guidance that would have Frances making landfall near Myrtle Beach, SC on Labor Day. But the uncertainty in track, intensity and timing are all signficant this far out. All interests from the Florida Keys to New England need to watch this dangerous storm. The Labor Day weekend would be about the worst time for a major hurricane to strike a resort/vacation area. Evacuations would be a nightmare.

Another tropical storm formed yesterday, Hermene, as I write this about 550 miles south of Chatham, Mass. Hermene is expected to merge with the front moving towards the East Coast today and the remnants of Gaston. The combination will likely produce wind swept rain for southern New England on Tuesday.

That's a wrap. Keep checking back for updates on Frances.

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