Jennifer Edwards Baker reports:
Patchy, dense fog blanketing Greater Cincinnati this morning will give way later to mostly sunny skies.
By 5 p.m., the high temperature should soar to 86 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
About a quarter of an inch of rain fell Monday, bringing total rainfall so far this year so far to 21.78 inches, about 7.5 inches below normal, said meteorologist Jim Lott.
Tropical Storm Isaac is still churning off the Gulf Coast this morning. Forecasters predict Isaac will intensify into a Category 2 hurricane with winds of about 100 mph by early Wednesday when it’s expected to make landfall.
The current forecast track has the storm aimed at New Orleans, but hurricane warnings extend across 280 miles from Morgan City, La., to the Florida-Alabama state line. It could become the first hurricane to hit the Gulf Coast since 2008.
Locally, Isaac could dump a couple inches of rain across our region over Labor Day weekend late Friday and continuing Saturday, Lott said.
“It does look like it’s going to come up the Mississippi Valley later this week and turn east toward us,” he said. “The exact track is still in doubt. It could be hardly anything or just a few inches.”
Forecasters will have a better idea how much precipitation we’ll see the closer as the weekend approaches, he said.
So far, the gloomy weather outlook has not impacted Sunday’s annual end-of-summer fireworks blowout at Sawyer Point, P&G Riverfest.
Nearly a half-million people typically attend on both sides of the Ohio River. Highlights include WEBN’s soundtrack choreographed with Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks.
The event begins at noon, but fireworks won’t start until 9:05 p.m.
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