The wild times previously predicted are coming to pass. Sandy's center was about 20 miles northeast of Wildwood, NJ as I was recording this, perhaps 10 miles offshore from Sea Isle City. Enjoy that snow along the spine of the Appalachians the next 24-48 hours. One concern, it might be a little winder than we think across parts of the Southeast. Also, the next storm to deal with should reach the southern Plains this weekend.
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West Texas, areas toward the East Coast and parts of Florida see the most widespread rains the next few days while it stays mostly dry elsewhere through this weekend.
Extreme rain through this weekend will cause flooding in the Carolinas; it's not really nice anywhere near the East Coast. Fortunately, it's nice elsewhere for now. The tropics remain active.
While it looks likely at this point that Joaquin goes out to sea, we still have a setup for parts of the Southeast to see some extreme rainfall.
Several separate storm systems will affect the South over the next several day with most of the action in the Southeast.
A big surge of moisture and perhaps a depression or storm will be heading into the Southeast early next week, while most areas west of the Mississippi remain warm and almost summery.
A storm over the East Coast is causing a variety of problems while the next area of interest will be the Gulf of Mexico.