12:00 PM | *Hurricane Earl can reach “major” status over the western Atlantic Ocean…Hurricane Kay can throw significant moisture into southern California at week’s end* — Arcfield Weather2 min read
Hurricane Kay in the eastern Pacific Ocean
Hurricane Kay has sustained winds of 100 mph (category 2) and is currently moving on a north-to-northwest path which will take it just off the west coast of Baja California over the next couple of days. After that, with cooler sea surface temperatures underneath, Kay is likely to weaken later this weekend as it begins a shift to the west under the influence of high pressure ridging to its north.
Although Kay is likely to turn westward and weaken somewhat before reaching its northern most of Baja California, it is a large system and is likely to push tropical moisture as far north as southern California by Friday or Friday night. In addition, the combination of Kay and strong high pressure to the northeast over the interior western states can result in wind gusts as high as 50 mph across portions of southern California at the end of the week/early part of the weekend. In terms of precipitation, the greatest potential for heavier rainfall will likely be along the eastern slopes of the mountains in southern California where a few inches are on the table. Temperatures have been running at very hot levels across California in recent days and will continue to do so through Friday, but the combination of clouds and potential rain can bring much cooler conditions to southern California this weekend.
Meteorologist Paul Dorian
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