It’s amazing. A ferocious Hurricane Sandy is wreaking havoc across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states yet Minnesota is shielded from it all. Sandy’s large size is preventing weather systems from moving west to east across the country. This means that the entire country’s weather is in a holding pattern i.e. the weather over a particular area will remain the same. Minnesota is fortunate enough to have high pressure overhead in this blocking pattern resulting in a dry, mostly sunny week with cold nights and seasonable afternoons. Consider us lucky.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy. H: upper 40s cold night w/lows in to 20′s
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. H: upper 40s
Thursday: Sunny. Very dry air w/ dewpoints in the teens! H: near 50°
Friday: Mostly sunny. H: upper 40s
Saturday: Increasing clouds to a mostly cloudy afternoon. H: upper 40s
Sunday: A few showers. Mostly cloudy. H: upper 40s
Residence have evacuated, planes are grounded, public transportation is shut down and financial markets are closed as Hurricane Sandy makes landfall in New Jersey late Monday.
This is a rather large storm with hurricane force winds extending a great deal from the center. Therefore, millions of people east of the Mississippi will be impacted by Sandy…mainly in the form of wind.
Storm surge is often the greatest hurricane-related hazard to the East Coast. Storm surge is water that is pushed towards shore by the strong winds circling around the storm. The storm surge with Sandy is expected to be extra high thanks to the addition of an astronomically high tide from the full moon. The airplane runways at La Guardia Airport outside NYC are at risk of being completely inundated by the rising sea level with the approach of Sandy.
Sandy’s wind field also extends a great deal from the center of the storm. Wind-driven power outages are expected up and down the East Coast. Power outages are estimated to be the greatest in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland. More than 10 million people could be left without power…and that number might even be conservative.