There's been much hype in the news and social media this week about a strong storm that will hit the United Kingdom and Ireland Sunday night. (Lightning photo taken earlier today by Paul Appleby Photography on the coast of North East England).
The approaching storm this weekend already has winds over hurricane force in the ocean, and NOAA is predicting waves to 50 feet. The WaveWatch model agrees with that, showing waves over 48 feet offshore (and, amazingly, 36-foot waves near shore!).
Our meteorologists are writing a story to update this one later tonight. Speaking to them internally, they are not hyping the storm and don't think it will compare to 1987.
The mega storm back then had a minimum pressure of 953 mb... the European model (as of this writing) is predicting a sub-958 mb low pressure system over the water, then as low as sub-964 mb in the U.K. mainland.
The European model is showing wind gusts above 70 mph on land, but the U.K. and Ireland have a long history of strong winter storms. Even if it doesn't approach 1987 levels, there will be damage and you will likely see this storm on television Monday, in my opinion.
Do me a favor, travel Tuesday, or tell your family to hold on to the turkey until Friday.
Last year this time, a major winter storm in the Northeast was rumored for the biggest travelling day of the year... and so it is again this year:
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.