Thursday, October 25, 2012

Hurricane Sandy a massive scale is bad news for Eastern US

My long breaks between writing have been unavoidable.  Winter is coming, therefore I know there will be plenty to write about.  Also my job transition is coming more under control.

The subject right now is Hurricane Sandy.  She is already transitioning to a massive nor'easter with a tropical core en route to a probable disastrous impact on the middle and north eastern seaboard and thousands of square miles inland,  The satellite image below  shows the tremendous inflow from across the equator and from the central Pacific.   

Hurricane Sandy well on the way to becoming a Nor-icane (Hybrid Storm)
Image Source: University of Wisconsing SSEC

This storm is not going to live the life of a traditional Hurricane that hits land and fades quickly.  This system will not only make its presence known in the form of gale and hurricane force winds but also coastal flooding and even snow!  

Tomorrow, we will look at the storm track and projected impacts.  Now that Sandy is on the move speculation will transition to greater accuracy in forecasting.   The ECMWF 3 PM run was particularly disconcerting because of a direct hit on the DelMarVA peninsula followed by a track into North Central VA.  Regardless of where she hits, there will be a lot of damage done.  If she took that more SW route then my friends and family along I-95 from RIC on north would get their 3rd hurricane-force impact in less than 10 years!  

Have a good night!  It's going to be a long weekend.

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