“Frankenstorm” Threatens Area for Halloween

According to CBS News:

An unusually nasty mix of Hurricane [Sandy] with a winter storm that forecasters have deemed “Frankenstorm,” is likely to blast most of the East Coast next week, focusing the worst of its weather mayhem around New York City and New Jersey.

Forecasters say it’s almost certain that the bad stuff, which will include “steady gale-force winds, heavy rain, flooding and maybe snow” will start late Sunday and could continue through Halloween on Wednesday. Update: Latest forecasts aren’t quite so dire.

It seems that the cold front approaching from the west has broken up. The front, had it continued to advance, would have steered Sandy further to the north, and the cold air colliding with the hurricane could have made things much worse. As it stands, the consensus forecast is that Sandy is likely to make landfall somewhere along the Jersey Shore. This would mean we’ll get high winds, tons of rain (maybe five inches or so) and a potentially huge storm surge that will cause flooding in lower lying areas.

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