Time To Prepare
Posted by Pete Bouchard
What was once a fuzzy forecast got a whole lot clearer today when our weather models turned Sandy (or what may be her powerful remnants) toward the East Coast.
While the exact track remains elusive, there is one thing we can agree on: we will see a significant impact from Sandy late Sunday and into Monday.
There I said it.
But what I didn't say is important too. I didn't mention direct hit to New England. (Too early for that.) I didn't mention that Sandy will be a tropical system (hurricane or tropical storm). And I didn't mention this will be a storm of record. Or epic. Or devastating.
Those are certainly options, but because of the uncertainty on the EXACT track, I'm not ready to pull out all the stops. The train is running, but it hasn't left the station.
That said, it's time to prepare. Make sure your outdoor equipment/furniture is securely stored. Boats should be in, but if they're moored, prepare for SEVERAL significant high tide cycles. Prep the beachfront (if you can) for severe erosion, and if you live steps away from the water, have a backup plan in place if you need to move to higher ground.
There's more time to sort things out, and certainly the situation could improve. If Sandy is NOT captured by the jetstream, well, then I just wasted a couple paragraphs of space in my blog. That option is still on the table. There will be a point in the storm's path where the tropical steering currents hand off to the upper level steering currents over the U.S. I liken this to a baton pass in a relay race. If Sandy misses the handoff (to the U.S.) she will sail out to sea over the fishes. If she completes the handoff, we have a monster on our hands. Energy from the upper atmosphere will be imparted to Sandy and she will become even larger and more dangerous.
I have my doubts that Sandy will complete the handoff. It's very difficult to 'phase' at such a low latitude without a strong cold blast of air (which we don't have). We'll see how it unfolds.
In the meantime, some pretty nice days are on tap. Unfortunately, they won't catch many weather headlines in the Sandy frenzy, but 60s return to the forecast tomorrow, and Friday may see some towns and cities make a run for 70 (away from the coast)!
Enjoy! And remember to stay with 7News for the latest on Sandy.