Earl: We hardly knew ye

As we are mentioning in our story, in the annals of local weather history, Earl has secured a place in obscurity.

Just yesterday Earl was a mighty hurricane with peak winds of 145 m.p.h., a few puffs shy of a Category 5 on the Saffir Simpson scale.

It was about 200 miles east of South Jersey a couple of hours ago, and the highest gust reported in Atlantic City was a less-than-ferocious 40 m.p.h., according to the National Weather Service.

Rain? The running total for the day in Atlantic City is 0.04 inches.

Earl evidently didn't even do all that much along the vulnereable Outer Banks of North Carolina, its center passing about 85 miles east of Cape Hatteras.

The latest forecast calls for it to be near Nova Scotia tomorrow morning -- and an afterthought in New Jersey, where an energizing, air-cleansing air mass should rule through Monday.

As for the next threat, it's not on the horizon. As the hurricane season approaches its climatological peak, the storm traffic is building in the Atlantic.

However, the upper-air pattern favors keeping everything away from the East Coast, and right now it looks to persist for the next several days, a pivotal period in the hurricane season.

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