While we may not see any “real” effects from Hurricane Sandy such as wind or rain, the storm on the East Coast will be playing quite a large role in our weather over about the next week.
Hurricane Sandy Off of the Carolina Coast. 4:00PM on 10/28
It’s been termed “Frankenstorm”, appropriate enough because the storm is hitting extremely close to Halloween. Even more appropriate because of the storms makeup. If anyone is familiar with Frankenstein, the monster was created by a bunch of things being put together and then being brought to life. Similarly, that is what is going on with Sandy. Normally tropical system weaken as they move northward up the Atlantic Coast, but not this time. This time Sandy has has some help, and its help is coming from the system that has brought us the cooler air over the last few days. The three systems (Strong upper level cold pocket, surface cold front, and of course Sandy) will clash together in the Northeast. Once they clash, the storm will have another energy source.
Ingredients coming together to produce "Frankenstorm"
All of the weather in the mid-latitudes (Our weather) is driven by temperature differences. Typically the bigger the temperature difference, the stronger the storm. Hurricanes have a warm core and I mentioned that it will be colliding with a cold pocket. Once the two collide, they will explode creating a perfect storm if you will. That is why this hurricane is so much different than ones that typically affect the Northeast.
Heavy Rain and Gusts over 75 mph expected as Sandy collides with Upper Lever System on Monday. Higher elevations in WV and PA could pick up FEET of snow.
There is a method to my madness. I just wanted to lay some of the ground as to what was actually going on out there before we came back home. In a nutshell the huge storm out East is going to clog the weather pipeline for the next few days. While the winds may pick up slightly here because the storm is so large, we won’t see anything even remotely close to what the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic is in for. Thanks to Sandy and its “parts” things will remain quiet and cool in the Upper Midwest.
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This post was written by jkegges on October 28, 2012