i can’t find a weather map where it shows the 2 storms sandy is predicted to collide with and turn into frankenstorm. does it mean that danger is passed?
Unfortunatly, no. I’m in Upstate NY myself, finishing battening down and sealing up later on today for this beasty. It’s supposed to start hitting us Sunday night and Monday morning (50 mph winds, rain to start) and hit it’s peak here around Wed, continuing until Friday in the latest reports.
The super storm merger isn’t so much two or three major storms merging as seen clearly on a radar. What it more amounts (in my understanding) too it a low pressure system on the west side, with cold air and high moisture will be meeting with the warm, quick moving air on the east side. Typically when a large low pressure and small high pressure meet, it results in a powerful storm, high wind and rain. The problem here is it’s a large low pressure system and a very large high pressure system- making the “Superstorm” extremely large in size, and with a wind area that stretches well into Ohio, and a storm with the strength of a hurricane making it’s way across land through areas like Penn, NJ, and from the looks of it, most of NY. Not sure how lake effect off the great lakes (Ontario is a monster for lake effect) will play into anything, either- so there there’s a lot a variables that can effect it all, and we won’t have much concrete till about Wed on how far north and how strong it’s going to full hit.
Besides flooding, the main concerns are wide area power outages (topping the great ice storm, or Irene, from local reports), millions of downed trees, and heavy damage to the electrical grid / communications. On the west front, snow and ice storms complicate things further. On the east front, storm surge and tidal flux complicates it more.
Hopefully something will happen and it’ll fizzle, but all in all, it looks..well..nasty.
Be well all, be safe, and to those here on the eastern US- ride it out, and see ya on the other side of it all.