All eyes on Sandy. This still looks like a disaster in the making as Sandy will bring widespread high winds, heavy rain, and coastal flooding Monday and Tuesday. If you live in the Northeast, prepare this weekend! So what’s the big deal about this storm? Why are weather people so amped up? First, the strength of the low pressure. Meteorologists measure storms in millibars of pressure. Big nor’easters are usually on the order of 960-980 mb. Most reliable models predict this storm to be 930-950 mb. Unusually strong. This translates into more wind. The track is also worrisome to meteorologists because it will affect all the major East Coast cities like Washington, NYC, and Boston. Another interesting factor in this storm is it’s shear size. It will encompass an unusually large area compared with other hurricanes. Strong winds will occur Monday/Tuesday from Maine to the Carolinas. So is this a hurricane? Yes. As it approaches New York City, cold air will get sucked into the storm and it will begin to lose it’s tropical characteristics, but for laypeople, it’s a hurricane. One last thing to point out is the coastal flood threat. Usually, the northeast side of a hurricane is the worst part because these winds are pushing water forward. So watch anywhere to the right of the center for the worst coastal flooding…ie. Long Island and New York City. Not a good scenario.
In the meantime, not too bad on the East Coast Friday. Warm weather will push north all the way to Vermont ahead of the storm. Vermont will be the best in the nation with an 8.7 mean. Some perfect 10’s in the Champlain Valley around Cambridge, Williston, Vergennes, and Shoreham. A small patch of 10’s in North Carolina around Lewisville.
The rest of the 10’s tomorrow will be in California. Some picks here include: Concord, San Ramon, Palo Alto, and Bakersfield.
I added the forecast track of Sandy on the map today.
Best: 1. Vermont 2. West Virginia 3. Connecticut 4. New Hampshire 5. New York
Worst: 1. Washington 2. Indiana 3. Oregon 4. North Dakota 5. Idaho