I’ve made a seven column widescreen monitor for hurricane Sandy available to the public.
This could be a very significant weather event:
Confidence continues to grow that Sandy will be a major threat to portions of the U.S. East Coast.
..Though we feel that it’s likely Sandy will hit some portion of the Northeast or Mid-Atlantic coast, there remains uncertainty with the exact timing, location and magnitude of the worst impacts. The forecast involves a rare, complex atmospheric setup that will allow the system to pivot back to the northwest into the region rather than simply moving out to sea.
..What kind of impacts are we talking about?
Destructive winds, heavy rain, major coastal flooding and beach erosion would pummel portions of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions between later Sunday and Tuesday of next week. Of course, the high winds would extend inland, with the potential for downed trees and powerlines. Widespread power outages could last for days.
This setup could even wrap in just enough cold air on its western edge to produce wet snow, possibly heavy, in some parts of the central Appalachians (mountains of West Virginia and Pennsylvania).
Residents from New England to New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia should remain vigilant and begin to prepare for Sandy’s impact.
I’ve just added a Hurricane Sandy Monitor to Covert Contact. It tracks mentions of the storm, related warnings, and discussions about damage, surge, flooding, and casualties. Subscribers can find it under the “Events” section of the main menu.