UPDATED 9 p.m. Eastern
Here's hoping I can get some sleep tonight. After the most powerful hurricane in the Atlantic and this unusually early nor'easter, I could use some.
According to a Bloomberg article, more than 50,000 customers had lost power in New England alone (as of this afternoon). They also note that a 20-foot tractor-trailer was blown over on a bridge to Cape Cod.
To recap, I got an email earlier today busting us on predicting a superstorm that did not happen. Technically, yes Wilma is not going to combine with the low in the mid-Atlantic, and we even said in our original headline that it was not the most likely scenario.
But if you ask me, a sub-29.00 low pressure system that has 28-foot waves off of NYC and generates 10" of snow in Maryland before Halloween sounds pretty super. We're just talking semantics and we need to worry about flooding in the Northeast and power outages in the Appalachians tonight, so that's what I'm concentrating on.
Highest Snowfall Reports (over 6"):
Terra Alta, WV : 12.0"
Oakland, MD : 10.0"
Eldred, PA : 10.0"
Norwich, NY : 10.0"
Sylvania, PA : 9.0"
Redhouse, MD : 8.0"
Farmington, PA : 8.0"
Phlipsburg, PA : 8.0"
Randolf, NH : 8.0"
Kane, PA : 8.0"
Maidstone, VT : 7.5"
Eden, VT : 7.5"
Somerset, PA : 7.0"
Killington, VT : 7.0"
Zion, PA : 6.5"
Highest Waves, Lowest Pressures:
44024: 25.9 ft. waves, 29.15" Hg
44004: 24.3 ft. waves, 29.01" Hg
44008: 27.6 ft. waves, 29.06" Hg
44009: 22.6 ft. waves, 29.21" Hg
44017: 22.3 ft. waves, 29.15" Hg
44025: 19.7 ft. waves, 29.20" Hg
Highest Wind Gusts:
MOUNT WASHINGTON, NH : 97 mph
CAPE MAY, NJ : 74 mph
MILTON, MA : 66 mph
CAPE ELIZABETH, ME : 64 mph
SUSSEX, DE : 62 mph
Extreme lake-effect snow fell south and east of Buffalo, New York, this week, but is it a record? Not even close... so far.
The second shot of reinforcing cold air from last week's polar vortex invasion is coming in -- as more than half the nation is snow-covered.
Yes, that term "polar vortex" is back in the news. Please take this arctic outbreak for the serious meteorological beast that it is; see stats and maps here.
Ladies and gentlemen... we have a record-breaker. The most powerful storm in recorded North Pacific history has hit the Alaskan islands.
The Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico have been plagued with rain this week, and it's not slowing down until later this weekend.
Is this Jupiter's "red spot?" No, but it might be the most intense storm on Earth this year, and perhaps in recorded history for the Bering Strait and Alaska.