Hurricane Bill became the first hurricane and the first major hurricane of the season. Hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th. Bill has been an interesting storm, but mainly a storm for the fish. Bill is currently a Category 3 storm (111-130mph) on the Saffir-Simpson scale. But Bill was and will likely become a Category 4 storm (131-155mph).
Where is Bill going? It appears that he will remain a fish storm (out to sea) until the end, when he may brush Nova Scotia or Newfoundland. At that time though, he should be trending toward a strong extra-tropical storm (becoming more like a regular area of low pressure).
It is looking like Bill will have an indirect effect on us. As Bill moves north, he will cause an area of high pressure to strengthen. This in turn will slow down the front that will traverse the area Friday-Sunday. Because of the slowing of the front, we could see excessive rainfall and the potential for flash flooding. Right now, the models have areas east of I-81 pegged for the highest rainfall. It is possible that there could be a couple reports of 4-5 inches in Sullivan County. We’ll keep you posted on any new information regarding this weekend’s setup.