Hurricane Maria Forecast To Bring Impacts To East Coast
Hurricane Maria will approach the Mid-Atlantic coast early this week then finally shove eastward into the open Atlantic. Maria will likely not make landfall but will come close to portions of North Carolina midweek and could bring tropical storm force winds, locally heavy rain, storm surge, and very rough surf. Maria will create hazardous surf and rip currents for much of the East Coast this week.
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Changes in soil moisture affect how precipitation behaves when it reaches the ground. Generally, higher soil moisture increases the potential for water from precipitation to reach streams & rivers. Soil moisture can be measured or modeled. Knowledge of soil moisture content tends to improve river forecasts.