The Weather Improves Today! Sunshine Returns This Afternoon!
A Couple of Days of Quite Weather to Get Us Prepped for Hurricane Sandy!
Today: Morning Clouds, Fog, Drizzle with Sunny Breaks by Afternoon High: 65
Tonight: Cloudy with Patchy Fog Overnight Low: 57
Tomorrow: AM Clouds & Fog, then Sunny and Pleasant High: 68
Still a rather cloudy start to the day across the Tri-State Area... And, even though there
hasn't been very much in the way of rain during the past 12-24 hours, the prospects for seeing any
sunshine later today aren't looking very good... There will still be a light, easterly wind and clouds
may break in some areas south and west of the City this afternoon... But, I wouldn't promise much
in the way of brightening anywhere else... Also, the spotty shower activity and patchy fog will
persist for a while, but should end later on this morning... Most temperatures will be in the 60s
Tonight, while there could be some breaks in the clouds early, there should be some fog
developing once again late tonight... Lows should be in the 50s... A warm front should finally be
able to push through the Tri-State Area early tonight before reaching northern New England early
tomorrow... Therefore, the ideas are still intact that high pressure tomorrow and on Saturday
should bring no less than partial sunshine and unseasonably warm afternoons... But, just 'how
warm it can get' in most places will be determined by just how much fog develops, and how long it
persists... Nonetheless, most temperatures across the region tomorrow and Saturday should
reach the upper 60s and the lower 70s...
"Sandy" has ramped up in its intensity quite a bit during the night, and it made landfall in Eastern
Cuba as a strong Category Two storm on the Saffir-Simpson Scale... Now, all eyes are on the
Bahamas as the storm continues to head to the north at around 13 mph... Even portions of South
Florida (the Atlantic Coast) may feel some of its effects during the next day or two... While that
storm is being watched closely, we're also going to be keeping up with a cold front... This strong
front, located in the Plains states early this morning, will be marching eastward during the next
48 hours and should reach the northern and central Appalachians by early Saturday morning...
This front is going to be slowed to some extent by the bubble of high pressure which will be
anchored just off the Northeast Coast for a while, but it will eventually bring an increase in clouds
later on Saturday or Saturday night, followed by the chance for a couple of showers... The
possibility of showers is something that has been added to Sunday's forecast, but these really
won't have anything to do with "Sandy" -- because it is projected to be located between the Outer
Banks of North Carolina and Bermuda on Sunday morning... But, it is important to remember that
there will be a fairly strong ridge of high pressure located in the North Atlantic late this weekend
and early next week... This 'blocking high' should be an important role-player in the future
movement of "Sandy"... Also, there'll be a strong upper level trough that will be digging into the
eastern third of the nation Sunday and Monday..
So, what we're trying to determine here when examining all of these forecast models, which still do offer a
wide-ranging series of solutions, is WHEN the intense low pressure system located out over the open
waters of the Atlantic will begin to retrograde? In other words, when will the interaction between these two
weather systems cause "Sandy" to begin to back up towards the East Coast? Also, WHERE will the center
of this massive low pressure system come crashing into the coastline, causing some fierce winds, torrential
rain, coastal flooding and beach erosion to occur...
The consensus amongst the various models would imply that late on Monday or Monday night, that very
intense low pressure system will track westward and come onshore somewhere between southern New
England and the Chesapeake Bay... This potentially devastating storm, which would probably impact the
region for a period of two or three days, will then unleash its fury on the East Coast, and it has yet to be
determined just how bad conditions will be in the Tri-State Area.
Have a great day!