25 October 2012

Northeast Spooked By Potential Franken-Storm (and they should be!)

Posted by Dan Satterfield

Numerical Models are still differing over the exact track but they all have one thing in common now. The East Coast is about to have a big storm.

Hurricane Sandy is feeding off the warm water of the Bahamas tonight, but as it moves northward over the weekend, it will begin to transition to a more nor’easter like storm that takes its energy from temperature differences in the atmosphere. We may even see Sandy weaken for an extended period before becoming perhaps even more powerful as it curves into the NE coast.  Tropical systems almost always have a fairly tight wind field. The highest winds are near the center. As Sandy turns extra-tropical, the wind filed will expand greatly and the potential exists for high winds from Maine to Cape Hatteras by Monday.

Since I work on air for a station that covers Delaware and the Eastern shore of Maryland and Virginia, I am already VERY busy, but I will keep you updated on my thoughts over the next few days. This will likely be a storm to remember.