53 F. average high for October 26.
51 F. high on October 26, 2011.
1.30" rain so far in October at KMSP.
.82" rainfall deficit for October, to date.
— Pay attention to weather forecasts
— Prepare for power outages of several days
— Gather blankets; temperatures will be 20 degrees cooler after the storm.
— Don’t turn on generators in basements or garages, take them outside where ventilated
— Charge cell phones, and buy a car charger for your phone if you don’t have one.
— Secure loose items, like patio furniture and grills."
Image credit above: "Beachgoers venture out to the end of Minutemen Causeway in Cocoa Beach, Fla., around lunchtime to see the waves, getting sandblasted from the wind and sand, due to the effects of the outer bands of Hurricane Sandy." Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Florida Today, Malcolm Denemark)
State of Emergency: Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New York State (as of Friday night).
* This was the interesting thing: The storm could cover the eastern third of the country. Winds greater than 50 kts (58 MPH) are expected from the Carolinas to Maine. There is a full moon on Monday and astronomical tides peak shortly after that, exactly when Sandy would hit. Snow is expected in West Virginia and as far east as Ohio on Tuesday.
* The Navy is moving ships out of Hampton Roads, Norfolk, VA in preparation for Sandy.
Sea Surface Temperatures. Water temperature in the Gulf Stream are still a few degrees warmer than average, which may sustain Hurricane Sandy unusually far north (for late October). The storm will become extra-tropical, deriving most of its energy from a sharp temperature contrast and a deepening trough of low pressure as high-velocity winds tighten up the pressure gradient - a blocking fair weather high over Greenland preventing Sandy from accelerating north, out to sea, turning it inland by Monday. Map: NOAA.
"From what I read, Hurricane Grace hit the NE US in Halloween 1991 and created the Perfect Storm. Of course, Minneapolis also got hit with the Halloween Blizzard of 1991 about the same time.
With Sandy bearing down on the NE Coast and with some predicting another Perfect Storm in that area, what is different in the Upper Midwest's atmospheric conditions that there isn't even a hint of snow here for this year, let alone a Blizzard? For those not meteorologically gifted, there would seem to be some parallel to 1991 conditiions and what's predicted for this year's Halloween's weather.
Please explain the difference in weather conditions between this year and 1991. Was there a connection between Grace and the Halloween Blizzard, and if so, why isn't that forecasted for this year? It's not like I miss 29" of snow, but would appreciate an explanation."
Some People Have Too Much Free Time. No, Sandy is no laughing matter. I'm sorry - very poor taste. I will be punished.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota (and western Wisconsin too):
TODAY: Partly sunny, light winds. Winds: SW 3-8. High: 43
SATURDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy, still chilly. Low: 28
The answer is number one, we’re not moving as fast as we need toAbsolutely true …
And there is a huge contrast in this campaign between myself and Governor RomneyAbsolutely true …
I am surprised it didn’t come up in one of the debates.Terrifyingly true … although President Obama and Vice President Biden literally had hours of opportunities to raise the issue since, after all, it is related to domestic and foreign policy, to budget issues and security, and to energy issues where we had President Obama and Mitt Romney arguing over who was the better friend to fossil fuels. (Hint … Romney did win this but the President made him work for the title.)"