I Don’t Want To Alarm Anyone, But …
Looking at the latest discussion for Hurricane Sandy and the US forecast maps, if you live from the Chesapeake Bay up to the Gulf of St Lawrence you might want to have three days of non-perishable food and some emergency lighting available for the coming week.
There is a Nor’easter sitting over Lake Superior that is extending a trough to the East Coast that is probably going to attract Sandy and pull the storm to the coast, rather than heading out to the Atlantic after beating up on the Bahamas. If this happens the results are called ‘Perfect Storms’ and are effectively icy cold hurricanes with very large wind fields. As this is happening when tides along the coast are at their highest point for the month, the surge will be higher than normal.
You can expect power outages, rain, sleet, snow, gusty high winds, and generally miserable conditions. Sandy will feed a lot of moisture into the mess, so flooding will certainly be an issue.
Nothing is set in concrete yet, but it doesn’t look good for the East Coast next week, and Sandy’s wind field is about to expand after its rapid intensification yesterday. Start watching the weather, and prepare for the possibility.