Enjoying this nice and cool weekend? This weather will continue on for days, with a gradual warm up to near 70 by Friday.
While we are calm and cool in KC, all eyes are on Hurricane Sandy. As of 8 am the storm was roughly 260 miles from Cape Hatteras, NC. and tracking to the northeast at 10 mph. We’re waiting for that fateful hook westward-back toward NJ, NYC, DC on Monday. Below were the surface observations this morning.
The dark grey line roughly shows the outer limits of strong wind gusts at or above 20mph. Notice the Hatteras observation of a 44mph wind gust (HSE). Those are tropical storm force winds 260 miles from the storm center. Even though Sandy was a weak category one storm at this time, its windfield footprint is huge. The 20+ mile per hour wind gust field extends from Massachusetts to the Carolinas.
Today’s trajectory continues to follow the “normal” northeastward path with the storm beginning to make the strange left hook tonight. The forecast cone continues to show the range of possibile landfalls from the Maryland coast through Long Island Monday overnight through early Tuesday morning.
The high wind warning (yellow) spans a swath from NE George to Maine…over 1000 miles…and signifies areas that may see winds gusts as high as 60-80 mph. The strongest of these wind readings would be both at higher elevations and near the coast.
The Hurricane Force Wind Warning (pink) is posted for Long Island and Cape Cod.
Flood Watches are shown in Green, but are covered by some of the other warnings. They extend from Vermont-Pennsylvania-North Carolina.
The tropical storm warning only covers a relatively small area along the Coastal Carolinas for a couple reasons:
-The storm will be transitioning from “tropical” to “extratropical” Monday, so different types of warnings are being used farther north.
-Hurricane and Tropical Storm Warnings exist offshore and are not noted by this map.
At 5pm our producer is going to try to get a live shot from our Baltimore Station, so check in for an update.
Finally, weather trivia yesterday. The question was: When was our last Halloween snow?
2002. Remember this? It was just a trace, but enough to make that Halloween that much scarier. Terri Stamper remembered and she wins the tickets to Batman Live. Next weekend we give away tickets to for Aerosmith.
Have a great Sunday.