One part of the country looks for a break in the rain, while another seeks some relief from the drought. Meteorologist Sean Sublette lets us know what we can expect from this week's weather in today's Shift Ahead.More
This may be the last we hear of Hurricane Joaquin, except for changes the storm made to the record books.
As of Monday afternoon, Joaquin is spinning about 200 miles north of Bermuda and has no more land in its path. The storm weakened significantly in the past couple of days and has dropped to a Category 1 hurricane with 85 mph winds.
The National Hurricane Center forecasts the storm will weaken to an extratropical cyclone by Wednesday as it continues to move northeast into cooler waters in the Atlantic.
A strong hurricane is not rare; there’s typically at least one major hurricane each year. But what made Joaquin different was the timing. Most Category 4 and 5 storms form in August or September, when the Atlantic hurricane season peaks, but Joaquin reached major hurricane status in October.
Joaquin peaked on Saturday, when it hit a maximum sustained wind speed of 155 mph, only 2 mph short of a Category 5. Joaquin’s location at the time, paired with the high wind speed and low central pressure, made it the strongest hurricane to be that far north in the Atlantic so late in the year.
The storm also landed in the record books in the Bahamas, becoming the fourth strongest hurricane to hit the islands since recordkeeping began. Joaquin was the strongest October storm for the Bahamas since 1866 and the first major October hurricane since Hazel in 1954.