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10/30/12 Update: It’s Not Over Yet

Storm winds and fire devastated this Queens neighborhood

As the Eastern Seaboard began picking up the pieces this morning, Superstorm Sandy continued its march inland. Yes, it’s weaker, but it’s not over yet. Here’s today’s look:

The national infrared satellite shows the still massive cloud formation spun out by Sandy. Centered over southwestern Pennsylvania, the system is drawing cold air down from the Great Lakes as it sends warmer winds north into New England. That big orange mass coming in from Washington state looks kinda ominous…

The national doppler radar shows where Sandy is still dumping precipitation. West Virginia is getting hammered with over a foot of snow in most areas, with more continuing to come down. Blizzard conditions in western Maryland! Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee are all seeing snow in their mountains… well, Ohio is just seeing snow, along with most of Michigan, regardless of elevation.

Round and round and round she goes. Looks like a Maypole dance. Anyway, you can see here why the wind seems to have changed direction overnight, if you are one of the lucky folks living in the impacted areas – it did. As Sandy moves inland, where your location figures into the wind rotation shifts. For example, I live in Vermont. Last night our winds were coming in from the east/northeast. The top “curl” has now passed to the west of us, so our current winds are coming from the south/southeast.

Just to make your day, if you live in one of these orange areas, you may lose your power as continuing wind gusts take down more trees, particularly in those areas that are getting the winter storm phase of this.

This is the precipitation forecast for the next 48 hours. Please, stay put, stay safe.

snow accumulations over the past 24 hrs

 

 

This is what the winter storm part of the supersystem has already done. Fortunately, the areas getting snow are areas that normally see snow, just not quite this much this early in the season. They know how to deal with the snow. The real danger is the combination of the snow and high winds collapsing trees and cutting power.

If you live here, stay home, stay warm, stay safe.

Keep checking back. Take Care, everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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