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.
Over 200 stations may have broken daily low temperature records this morning, with a handful of monthly records. I take a look at North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
The record lows tonight will also affect the Southeast, pushing in cold air not felt since I was in college 20 years ago!
A number of interesting weather and astronomical phenomena were caught on film last night on the AccuCam Webcam Network.
Pennsylvania set a number of cold weather records Sunday and today, and more is on the way.
Folks I can't stress enough how dangerous the weather will be this Valentine's Day Weekend, with Blizzard conditions, RealFeel temps below -40 and snow squalls.
Part of the Rodanthe Pier collapsed into the ocean Thursday as an arctic front passed through and homes in Oak Island remain damaged from an earlier storm.