July 7, 2008
Posted: 11:26 AM ET
It looks like an interesting weather week shaping up. Bertha has become the second Atlantic storm and first hurricane of the season (lest we've forgotten, Tropical Storm Arthur dumped a load of rain on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula during the last week in May).
Right now, Bertha is a Category One storm, with winds in the high 70's MPH range. The long-term track - which is extremely subject to change - has the storm staying away from the mainland U.S. coast, but possibly threatening Bermuda by the weekend. (Monday Evening Update: At 5pm ET, the National Hurricane Center upgraded Bertha to a Category Three hurricane. The long-term track still keeps the storm out to sea, with a possible risk to Bermuda). PD
Out west, California continues to fulfill the predictions for a bad fire season, with both coastal and inland fires blackening thousands of acres and filling the skies in the San Francisco Bay Area and Reno, Nevada, with smoke. Hot temperatures will continue all week, so the threat's not going away anytime soon, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.
Peter Dykstra Executive Producer CNN Science, Tech & Weather
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