Just when you though an October surprise was coming from Washington. It turns out it may be heading to Washington in the form of cyclone named Sandy. Sandy may become a monster hybrid storm and threaten the Northeast for days next week. Most if not all of our reliable global models are now forecasting a significant weather event from the mid-Atlantic to the New England states beginning Monday and extending well into the work week.
The primary impacts will be storm damage from winds and flooding. The wide tropical storm wind field and some possible heavy inland snow will take down trees that hurricane Irene didn't snap last year. The result will be wide spread power outages across much of the Northeast. Significant coastal erosion for a wide area from Chesapeake Bay through Maine is also of concern. With a full moon Monday, higher than normal astronomical tides will only compound the problem. If that wasn't enough, six to twelve inches of flooding rain showers will only make life more miserable.
If the global models are right this will be a Nor'easter of historical proportions. The moisture from Sandy will be absorbed by a deepening vortex over the Northeast next week. It doesn't happen often but this combination will lead to what meteorologist call a hybrid storm. A monster with cold air at the surface and moist tropical air aloft that could drop snow and rain for several days. We'll be tracking Sandy all weekend at KHOU-11. For the latest updates just go to KHOU's Hurricane Central. . .