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September 2, 2010

Earl approaches OBX, clouds reach Maryland

NOAA EarlHere's a pretty nice picture of Hurricane Earl taken this afternoon by a NOAA satellite.

It shows the storm's spiral clouds bearing down on the Outer Banks, with the outermost clouds now entering Southern Maryland and the Delmarva Peninsula.

The storm's course is still said to be due north, with a turn to the north northeast due Friday. Top sustained winds have dropped to 115 mph, a minimal Cat. 3 storm now

Earl is predicted to be off the Virginia Capes by 8 a.m. Friday. 

Here's a very nice photo of Earl, from the NOAA Environmental Visualization Lab. Here's another, snapped by astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

If you want to track offshore air and water conditions as Earl approaches, you can click on the Diamond Shoals data buoy, off Hatteras. The barometer there has begun to fall sharply ahead of the storm. It's slipping here, too.

And here's how things are looking on the Outer Banks.

Posted by Frank Roylance at 3:39 PM | | Comments (0)
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Frank Roylance is a reporter for The Baltimore Sun. He came to Baltimore from New Bedford, Mass. in 1980 to join the old Evening Sun. He moved to the morning Sun when the papers merged in 1992, and has spent most of his time since covering science, including astronomy and the weather. One of The Baltimore Sun's first online Web logs, the Weather Blog debuted in October 2004. In June 2006 Frank also began writing comments on local weather and stargazing for The Baltimore Sun's print Weather Page. Frank also answers readers’ weather queries for the newspaper and the blog. Frank Roylance retired in October 2011. Maryland Weather is now being updated by members of The Baltimore Sun staff
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